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Fruit & Vegetable Branding

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:44

Is this a hypothetical hybrid - are you studying botany or marketing?

Keeping hydrangea over winter

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:41

I'd wrap the pot in bubblewrap to protect it from the frost, but the hydrangea will be fine - they're really hardy. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:35

Good morning folks!   I woke and saw a shadow across the moon, think it was around 4.15 - 4.30 ish.  Then I went back to sleep - if I'd opened the blinds I could've watched it from bed but didn't think at the time - doh!

 

 

How to deal with Wood Lice in pots

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:26

Ah, vine weevils are the bane of the gardener's life, whereas woodlice are quite good chaps really, although as Verdun says, they probably nibble a few seedlings etc - they have to eat something don't they   but not enough to make them a pest.

Adult Vine weevils eat notches out of the edges of leaves, like this

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/92637.jpg?width=350

 

 The adults look like this

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/92638.jpg?width=350

 

 The grubs live in the soil and eat the roots of plants - they particularly love plants in pots and primulas are a favourite, although they'll eat lots of others too.  They look like this

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/92639.jpg?width=350

 

 Note the brown head and no legs.  

I use nematodes to treat them and have had good success with quite a large border.  Nematodes are the best way as they are specific to the vine weevils and don't kill beneficial creatures. 

There are some pesticides which can be used in specific situations, but as they contain chemicals that harm beneficial insects like bees and ladybirds they're best avoided or used in carefully controlled situations. 

This is the RHS advice re vine weevils https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=234

Hope that's helpful

Blood moon....

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:15

Well, I woke around 4.15ish and had a look out of the window - there was a shadow across part of the moon - glad I saw it but glad I got back to sleep again.

Brilliant photo Alan   I understand more now than I did Bob, thanks

Oh dear Pdoc ((hugs))

How to deal with Wood Lice in pots

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:10

Re the Woodlouse Spider - if you have woodlice then you'll have the spider - they like the same conditions - leave them alone and they'll maintain a balance - of course, they won't eat them all - that wouldn't be in their interest as it's all that they eat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodlouse_spider

How to deal with Wood Lice in pots

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 08:07

Woodlice do little significant damage, although they are often found where damage has been done by other creatures.  They're useful in the garden as they help break down organic matter in the composting process. 

Here's what the RHS says about them https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=723

Damage to roots and leaves is often caused by Vine Weevils - have you checked for them?

ID please

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 17:32

I was just going to say that Nut

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:23

Runny, trust the Daily Mail (spit) to get it wrong again - it wasn't Aiden and Eleanor embracing on the beach http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Poldark-mania-Beverley-actress-Eleanor-Tomlinson/story-27868666-detail/story.html

it was OH et moi

Fruit & Vegetable Branding

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 11:38

I imagine that the main challenge would be recouping the development, production and promotion costs, given that the majority of plants can be reproduced by cuttings, even if the seeds are not viable, notwithstanding the protection provided by Plant Breeders Rights legislation.

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