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Too many aphids on a young clematis

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 13:32

Wasps will be around soon - they eat aphids too

double helping of Monty

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 13:29


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 13:29

But that's how you make a tv programme  you don't want the extraneous sounds that the camera crew, director etc make - and the microphones are directional and won't pick up sounds from further away such as birdsong, so you make a sound recording in the location and lay it over.  



Too many aphids on a young clematis

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 13:14

Well, they might distort and spoil the growing tip, but that would lead to the plant growing sideshoots - remember that aphids are part of nature and wild plants (even wild clematis) grows without us doing anything about the aphids. 

The birds, wasps and ladybirds will see to the aphids for us if we let them.

I remove bad infestations with my fingers or the hosepipe, but I make sure I leave some for the predators or they'll go elsewhere.

My First ever roses ..... panicking, why have they grown so fast?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:44

He could probably build you some obelisks and pillars - what a wonder to live next door to someone so happy to share his skills. 

Bake that man a cake immediately - or buy him a beer - or both

Too many aphids on a young clematis

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:41

Then I'd just keep doing it repeatedly and more thoroughly - no way would I use chemicals - in the nearly four years we've been here and not used chemicals we're getting less and less of a problem with aphids because of the insects and birds that live here and deal with them for us. 

Even soapy water will not be good for ladybird larvae etc

Uh-oh ...

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:38

Is it a hypericum?

yes, it's me again ....

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:36

There is very little that is as good for your soil as leaf-mould - worth its weight in gold to the gardener.  It really improves the structure and water retention of the soil. We rake up every fallen leaf we can lay our rake on each autumn to make leafmould

For fertiliser I use Fish, Blood and Bone which is an organic slow release fertiliser and chicken manure pellets. I apply these twice a year.

  I also use specialist Clematis feed (as directed on the packs) for the clematis and other climbers as they are such hungry feeders, and also tomato feed, not just for the tomatoes but also for pots of bedding plants and other flowering plants such as roses etc.  Tomatoes only get fed once a month or so, but pots of bedding plants get fed once a week.

It's important to make sure that granular/dry fertilisers are watered in well as otherwise they do no good at all.

In the summer I water pots and containers just the same, whether or not there's been any rain, because as you say, the foliage sheds most of the rain.  I usually water my largest containers about twice a week, giving them a really good soaking, but small pots need watering every day in hot weather.

digging up conifers

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:25

Blackthumbs - I think Nivlac has moved house now - the question was posted in 2013.

If the seller of your new house didn't specify on the paperwork that forms part of the Contract of Sale that plants, fixtures and fittings were to be removed, then they are in breach of that Contract and you should have told your solicitor.  You are entitled to financial recompense.


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:20

That doesn't sound like an impulse Verdun, that sounds like 'a plan'

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