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Quite a few question for experianced gardenerssss

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:24

Lavender question - lavender can get woody after a few years and often needs replacing if this happens. You need to prune well after flowering or in late spring in order to maintain shape and size. Prune back quite hard but do not prune back past obvious growth as the plant may not recover.

Quite a few question for experianced gardenerssss

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 23:20

Yes it is but to make sure - for your own confirmation - with your finger nail scratch off a small section of the skin/bark - if this plant or any other for that matter -  is alive you will see green if not brown dead tissue.

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.

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