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Can anyone tell me what this insect is

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 18:19

Daddy Long Legs - Crane Fly -   it won't eat much if anything, but if it mates and lays eggs they will turn into the dreaded leatherjackets which will munch the roots of your lawn. 

Mind you, the odds are that your particular Crane Fly will go to feed some baby robins  

what is this giant in my garden

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 17:20

A definite friend - there's also a white form - go out into the garden  on a warm evening and the air will be full of the most delicious scent - good for moths and butterflies 

gardening jargon

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 16:33

Hi Jenny

It means that for some reason the plant's growth has slowed down - it could be due to lack of water, lack of nutrition in the soil or a sudden change in temperature or something else. 


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 16:10

Would having a wide bed of small shrubs and herbaceous perennials in place of the fence keep your children away from the edge?  If they're like most children and they know not to walk on flower beds it would keep them away from the edge


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:30
Verdun wrote (see)

..............  Reminds me to get in my hot, dry summer plants.

I misread that ......... didn't see the 'l' 

Sickly Magnolia

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:28

Poor thing's half starved and probably parched as well - he needs to create a circle of bare soil about 3ft in diameter around the trunk - that grass is taking all the nutrient and moisture.  It's no wonder it's struggling.

When he's removed a circle of grass he should feed it now and again in the autumn with a slow release fertiliser - Fish Blood & Bone is what I use for most things - apply according to the directions on the pack - then a thorough watering of rainwater or limefree tapwater - several buckets full in the first instance - and then a generous mulching with organic material - well-rotted organic farmyard manure from the garden centre is what I use.  

Then throughout the summer a bucketful of water twice a week, more often in hot dry spells.

He'll have a much happier magnolia next year and one to be proud of in a couple of years' time.

Ask him how well he'd be performing if someone else was having all his food and water 

Anybody watching The Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:28

The only possible benefit I can see arising from this series is that it might just give a few more people the impetus to enter their local village shows which would definitely be A GOOD THING  - but it's not a gardening programme 

Fatsia leaf disease

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:26

Did you have a frost the other night?  The young leaves of fatsia are quite vulnerable to late frosts.  However it will throw out some more shoots soon.  If it's not had any fertiliser this year give it a dose of Fish, Blood and Bone (as directed on the pack) to make sure it's got the energy to grow some extra leaves 


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:24

Gardengirl - same here - I was just getting on with preparing the soil for the french beans .......... then I had to dash to get the washing in .......... now I shall be dashing away with the smoothing iron in a minute ........... Cake ??? 

Dying cherry

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 13:13

Bumping up

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