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Blueberry problems

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:17

May be a silly question but how do you know when to pick blueberries - is it purely on colour or combination of firmness, colour etc ?

One of my  2 blueberries has produced a bumper crop. whereas the other (patriot)seems to be dropping leaves and has brown leaves too and is suffering in the heat despite regular watering

Plant problem

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 18:03

Your neighbour's plant is a  phormium. It is probably slugs or snails which are eating through the leaves when they emerge, young and folded. As they are bitten through when they are folded it gives the double hole effect. Actively looking for and removing the slugs and snails in spring which have probably been overwintering under the old leaves is probably the best optionor scattering slug pellets...

please identify this plant/weed

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 23:12

Loos like an Achillea. When it flowers you should post again and hopefully someone will know  the variety.

Im a idiot!

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 23:47

Sorry, maybe I'm the idiot - you bought a pair of secateurs and then realised that you had purchased 4 pairs not 2 pairs ?!  

tree bumblebees in a bird box

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:47

Fairygirl I have seen only 1 ladybird this year. (Essex) Very different from last few years.

tree bumblebees in a bird box

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:59

Yes, tree bees. It is common for them to use a bird box. I had them under some roof tiles above my front door a few years ago. They will move on and then you will be able to clear out the box for hopefully a different resident next year. Mine moved out toward the end of summer as I recall.

slugs / snail eggs

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:56

Did you pop them? Chances are they are the granulated  fertilizer capsules from the compost and not eggs. Usually by popping one you will find they are dry and empty. Nothing to worry about.

I HATE CATS!!

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:53

IMO all the other gadgets are a waste of money. Your dad has the answer - expensive ( for a ready made one) - Contech waterscarecrow is the one I have and it has more than paid for itself over the years. Attaches to hosepipe and works 24/7. Easy to move to protect seedlings, crops etc. I originally bought it to stop foxes fouling my patio - it has done this and much more. Adjustable so it doesn't affect the birds....can't recommend it highly enough - all reviews on amazon recommend that you don't go for cheaper alternatives as they too are a waste of money or maybe your dad could make you one.

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=water%20scarecrow&source=web&cd=3&sqi=2&ved=0CEcQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DSkAX49qLEFM&ei=NKfQUe73B6SC4gSWjIGgCw&usg=AFQjCNEXsN7CdUvr1vV8LZaaumbysoSB-Q

 

Green soup in my barrel pond

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 22:06

50g of barley straw per 1m square of surface area of your pond - no matter what the depth. It will take a few weeks to start to work but will then continue working for months. When you are topping up your little pond, do not use tap water as you are just introducing more chemicals/nutrients into your mix. Top up with rain water only.

What's this plant please?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 22:37

They are slow growing plants. You can check to see if the plant is root bound in which case you could move it into a larger pot. Also you could scrape off  the top couple of inches of compost and replace it with fresh. I usually feed mine in spring with a handful of chicken manure pellets mixed in to the top of the pot.

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=3457

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