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Tools to tackle an overgrown laurel hedge

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 22:34

I would recommend electric hedge trimmers and maybe some loppers/secatuers. Do a bit at a time but it will always look better than a fence!

Raspberry maggots

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 22:31

This sounds like raspberry beetle. The larvae (maggot like as you describe) of the raspberry beetle fee on the ripening fruit. They then fall to the ground and pupate - spending their winter in the soil at the base of the plants. In spring the beetles emerge and feed on hawthorn or apple flowers until the host plants come into flower They then lay their eggs on the raspberry flowers and then eat the fruit from the inside out.

You can lessen the problem by hoeing around the plants and exposing the pupae for the birds to eat. In order to break the cycle you may have to spray with a suitable spray for use on food crops- too late for this year but next year when the first fruit start to change colour. You would need to spray in the evening when bees are in their hives as some sprays can kill bees.

Virburnum opulus

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 22:08

How big are the plants? Wind shouldn't cause wilting uless the plant is drying out. I would be reluctant to cut back now but rather leave it to spring. It's been very dry where I am so I would keep up with the watering and see if it recovers.

Growing hyacinths in water

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 22:02

Ok, I think we'll do a couple of forced ones to observe and keep in school and everyone can pot up a non forced one up in compost to take home and grow on at Christmas.

Last year we did an experiment of what happens when you plant a bulb upside down or on its side or right way up - it proved very popular with the children...so this year we'll do water and compost.

Growing hyacinths in water

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 22:20

Thanks for the great link dovefromabove...I'll look at our budget!

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 17:15

Hi Kitekat, Do foxes not upturn your food station? I was thinking of making one but feel I woud need heavy slabs on top and something sturdy underneath to prevent them digging. 

Growing hyacinths in water

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 15:40

Dovefromabove, I didn't realise this! I'll have to get forced bulbs then - any recommendations on where to purchase...or any good GC?

Growing hyacinths in water

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 20:44

Thanks for your suggestions.

I'm now thinking some pasta sauce jars have small tops to them - they might do, and I agree that children can handle  delicate items if properly taught.

Plastic bottles are interesting - we made bird feeders with them last term - the severed neck could be placed upside down into the bottle base, giving the bulb a 'soft seat'....

Good tip about the charcoal in the water, wouldn't have thought of that - we must have some in school  I could acquire...

I'm using non forced bulbs picked up at Lidl today - they have some good bulbs in at a good price.

 

Thanks again

Growing hyacinths in water

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 15:51

Hi all, I'd like my gardening club (primary school children) to grow hyacinths to take home at Christmas. I ideally would like to grow them in water so the children can see the roots. My problem is what kind of clear (everyday) container could I use to grow them in - I would need about a dozen  -  hyacinth vases that I have looked at seem rather expensive. Any ideas?

IS THIS A WEED

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:50

Yes, it will flower in late spring.Glad you perservered with the photo!

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