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Controlling woolly aphids on apple trees

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 17:05

Depends how big it is really, squishing them works for me, rub them off with a finger. Otherwise a spray, provado bug killer, a stiff brush will work, however a good cold winter will reduce numbers. You can take the organic approach and buy some lacewing/ ladybird larvae. They hide in crevices in the wood over winter so winter sprays are ineffective, it's best to go for them in spring when they emerge, so a combination of the above should reduce numbers.   

Splitting Dahlias

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 12:58

Instead of splitting them, why not store for winter and in early spring repot and take cuttings. The new cuttings will form new tubers as they grow. I find splitting the tubers a bit fraught. You can cut the crown through with a sharp knife, but I'd suggest cuttings are the better way to go.

covering the gardenbbbb

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 10:26

It depends what your'e trying to achieve baza. Are you covering for any purpose?

Weeds will germinate throughout the winter and those under sheeting will lay dormant until you remove the sheeting.

Winter weather is good for soil as it kills off a whole range of garden pests from unwanted fungus to slugs and snails and their eggs. If you cover the soil it insulates the soil and becomes a haven for all sorts of pests and fungal spores. Soil needs to be exposed really. If your'e just worried about weeds, then weed now by hand, the soils wet and weeds will come up easily. Weeds will set seed even in winter, so getting on top of them now will cut down your weeding next year.





Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:58

Beautiful morning here, hope everyone has a good day.


do i need to buy a greenhouse

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 11:17

Vic don't worry about being thick, it affects all of us and the only silly question is the one you don't ask, so ask away. As for a GH, they do increase flexibility in the garden. They provide storage space in winter and crops throughout the year if you so desire. A frost free shed is ideal for storing all sorts of things as well, and those with large windows can be used like a GH, but aren't ideal for crops like tomatoes/melons and cucumber which thrive in the higher temperatures. So really it's a matter for you and how far you want to go. Have you thought of cold frames as an interim measure, they are a valuable addition as well. I overwinter plants/sow seed in mine, they are on a south facing border, and cheap to buy or build. If you have the money buy a GH as large as you can afford, you'll soon fill it with all sorts of things and wonder how you coped without one.

overwintered in greenhouse - but now what?

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 22:52

Leave the geraniums as they are, keep them on the dry side. Chrysanths I would lift and pop them in some dryish compost,in a box, a cardboard box will do, pop them under the staging in the GH. They'll go dormant and in spring bring them out and start again.

stabilising clay banks on wet and windy slope

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 10:49

In reality clay rarely moves once banked, the main problem will be run off from rain gathering at the base of the bank. Drainage around the base of your garage will be an issue during winter, it doesn't really matter what you plant on the bank, just plant shrubs which can cope with clay or grass. You'll need to slow the run off and make sure you have a soak away around the base of your garage.


Posted: 14/11/2014 at 23:18

Autumn planting garlic needs to be outside really, they need the cold weather to produce decent sized cloves.

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 16:51

Thanks Nut although I think we will see it first near the welsh borders.

Building a garden bed over cement plzzzz help

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 10:13

If your'e going to build a bed in concrete, you solve the drainage problem by leaving a slit on the bottom layer of bricks. Just leave a slit every fourth brick by not putting cement on the horizontal edge when laying.

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