Don't know what they are, but the only insect pests I dispatch are Lily Beetles, which have no predators in the UK.
The rest are all part of Nature's rich pattern and provide food for someone. They may also be important pollinators ... bees don't do it all.
I'd also use 50% John Innes No 2 and 50% multipurpose compost, mixed together.
Stop spraying and leave them alone to grow ... I've never sprayed my grapevine - these are some grapes I picked last year - I wouldn't spray fungicide on something I was going to eat.
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No, both can be quite tricky.
Try dwarf French beans. Easy to grow and very rewarding ... you'll feel like a real gardener when you pick and eat your first harvest.
Perhaps it would have been more accurate to say 'hates root disturbance' ... if you're growing in modules the roots may not notice when they've been transplanted ... but that's not always easy for a novice.
OK, 15 litres per plant - that's better for some of the bigger ones, but too big for the smaller ones. It's not good for plants to be over-potted - the soil becomes sour.
Is that 1.5l pots?
That won't be big enough for some of them, e.g. rosemary, fennel, lovage. My lovage grew to 7ft tall and my fennel nearly as big.
This is quite a small rosemary bush
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Is your veg patch shady?
Broccoli is a tall plant - mine are often a metre plus tall, but cabbages and caulis are usually shorter.
The first is a saxifrage.
The second picture is of Spanish bluebells. They're inter-breeding with our native bluebells, so if you have a native bluebell wood nearby you might consider getting rid of your Spanish ones.
It's very early indeed for hydrangeas to be flowering unless they've been forced and kept in a sheltered or heated greenhouse ... if this is the case and now they've been put outside, the bright sunshine and/or frosts could both have damaged the blooms.
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