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Spinach pest or disease

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 08:47

I think we may see early infestations of aphids of all types after such a mild winter - it could possibly be woolly aphid, although not the usual type of plant to get this.  I would pick off the affected leaves  and this should prevent the problem spreading.

If it's only a mild infestation I wouldn't worry about cooking them either - you can soak them in salted water to kill off the aphids and the leaves will be fine to use then. 

Decision of the day

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 08:29

I think there's every likelihood of that Verdun - I'll guarantee that even with the Weed & Feed, I'll have more dandelions than you 

Pot up seedlings

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 08:27

Yes, sounds like you've got the right idea 

And when potting up handle the seedlings by the leaves, not the stalks 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 08:24

Good morning KEF - sounds like a lovely day you've got planned 

Decision of the day

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 08:20

The weather man (and it was a chap I listened to on R4 on Saturday morning) promised me that we would have heavy rain yesterday and last night, so on Saturday I treated the front lawn with Weed & Feed - have we had any rain?  Have we heckaslike  

I've done everything I know to make it rain.  I've hung a load of jeans on the line and left them out overnight.  I've watered all the pots.  I've had the car cleaned. Not a drop has fallen from the sky  

Shall I set up the sprinkler on the lawn this morning and water the treatment in, or will that be a waste of a precious resource as it's bound to rain later .........


Holes on Rhododendron leaves

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 08:11

Possum, can you post a pic on here to show us the damage - can't remember whether you've posted pics on here before - if you haven't and don't know how to do it give us a shout 


Posted: 21/04/2014 at 07:59

Good morning Clari 

I watered all my pots too, and lots of newly planted plants - bright sunshine here at the moment - but there is some cloud to the west  - shall I get the jeans in off the line?  Shall I put another load in the machine?  Shall I get the sprinkler set up on the front lawn?  Decisions, decisions, decisions ................. 

Help Identifying Lawn Invader!

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 07:55

This is what the RHS has to say on the subject of horsetail/marestail  

You will note that it states that digging it out in borders can be difficult,

"..... Although rhizomes growing near the surface can be forked out, deeper roots will require a lot of excavation. Shallow, occasional weeding is not effective and can make the problem worse, as the plant can regrow from any small pieces left behind. However, removing shoots as soon as they appear above the ground can reduce infestation if carried out over a number of years....." (my italics)

The RHS article goes on to say ".... Infestations of horsetail can be weakened with weedkiller....." and gives the name of various weedkillers containing glyphosate, and notes about usage.  

The article stresses "....Remember: horsetail is persistent, and several applications – possibly over a number of years – may be necessary to completely eradicate the problem....." (my italics).

It is widely accepted that while neither method is a quick solution, both will give the assiduous gardener a degree of control. 

As for moles - I'm afraid I have no real answer - when we had moles in a previous garden they were dealt with efficiently and ruthlessly by our big ginger cat.

The RHS has some suggestions here

Good luck 

Ants on raspberry bushes

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 07:36

Ants may nest around the roots which might cause a problem, but ants like dry soil and raspberries fruit best if their roots are in moist soil, so I would water the raspberries - give them a good soaking; that should deal with the ants as well as making the raspberries happy. 



Posted: 21/04/2014 at 07:16

I agree with the advice above - don't let the problem get you down - knock it on the head then get on and enjoy it - and if the allotment is too big for you to cope with when  also coping with being a new parent, then why not see if a friend would like to share it with you 


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What is this ornamental tree please?

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