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potatoes

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 16:13

Hmm, wireworm are often a problem in old grassland that has been put to vegetables in the first year, but as they're the larvae of click beetles that live in the grass, as they pupate and turn into adults they then leave the veg patch move to grassland.

The traditional remedy for wireworm is to run some poultry on the land for a while - they'll clear them up. 

Another solution is to grow earlier maturing potatoes - it tends to be later maturing types that suffer the most.

potatoes

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 15:30

Is it a relatively new bed?  Was it lawn before it was potato patch? 

Lemon balm disease

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 15:28

No, don't wait , just shear it back - just leave 3 or 4 inches of stem - it'll be fine - it's tough as old boots. 

My Ma tried for years to get rid of it as it spread through her rose garden

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 15:20

I've just spoken to Wonky - bless her she sounds tired - she's sitting down for a rest before carrying on with the decorating - she says Thanks for everyone's good wishes

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 13:30

They're sometimes a flippin' nuisance aren't they Panda - but it looks as all's well that ends well ........... hopefully!  We'll keep fingers crossed for Wednesday!

Lemon balm disease

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 13:24

It's a powdery mildew - they often get it at the end of the summer/autumn - it doesn't really do any harm as it'll be dying back soon.  I find it best to cut lemon balm hard back before now each year - usually as soon as it's flowered, then it'll re-sprout lots of fresh growth and look much healthier. 

I'd cut it hard back now and leave it - it'll grow afresh in the spring.

Nothing to worry about

Problem with Magnolia

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 12:57

I'd go with snails - especially at this time of year for some reason

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 11:31

Hosta, a male hedgehog will travel up to 2 kilometres a night, a female a little less - so yours may well be getting fed elsewhere too. 

Ours aren't emptying their bowls at the moment either - I think it was the same this time last year.

Hedgehogs

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 10:20

Not really a lot to see Hosta  - looking down on it

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/92792.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/92793.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 Can you see the shiny black front door!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/92794.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 

This is the posh one - I'm going to move it and put a heap of rubbish over it!  In fact they're both going to have to be moved 'cos the tree trunk in the first picture is the ash tree that's coming down and the stump's going to be ground out!

Under a conifer hedge is where we found Hefty when we moved here - after we'd had the conifers felled!!!  Sounds an ideal spot.  Put some dry twigs and perennial stalks in a heap under there and some dry leaves - they seem to like leaves about the size of apple tree leaves best.  I'm sure Spike'll find it attractive - you've probably got several 'Spikes' around there

 

Desperate to know what berries I've picked...

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 09:55

Lots of sloes around on farmland hedgerows - the leaves will be beginning to turn yellow now, the branches will have long sharp thorns ... I don't pick them until they've had a good frost on them

http://www.cottagesmallholder.com/the-great-sloe-gin-challenge-the-results-4907/

If you're not sure take a pic of them on the bush and show us

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