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BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 11:03

I like the idea of a photo thread where we can show off our favourites etc..

Chickens I'll pass on. OH is terrified of them - something to do with a bad childhood experience - even when they are dead.  She will just about tolerate eggs so long as they are rubbery, but the only time I enjoy a meal with chicken or duck is when we eat out!! 

Sambuca Nigra

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 10:27

I grew Black Lace a few years ago. It looked like a lovely small Japanese maple in the garden centre but it grew into a very thirsty big shrub, much bigger than the space I had allocated to it, so out it came after a year. Regular hard pruning in autumn/ early spring apparently reduces the amount of flowers, as it flowers best on year old wood, from what I understand. Maybe Obelixx can put me straight on that if I am wrong.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 10:10

Is it a pun on the name of a certain French novelist??

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 10:07

Many thanks. 


Posted: 19/04/2012 at 09:57

For most blends of fertilizer you can get slow release and quick release, though many of the slow release ones are only available to the horticultural trade, where plants are kept in pots for a whole selling season. The difference is that fast release fertilizers are readily soluble, which is good if you want a quick fix that you will repeat every few weeks, but easily leached away into the sub-soil after rain. Slow release fertilizers are usually produced inside bead-like capsules which dissolve slowly depending on temperature. There will often be a mix of different capsule coatings in one pack of fertilizer, so some will dissolve within a few weeks, and others will take a few months. I have used a tree and shrub fertilizer that released its goodies over a full year, ideal for a nursery selling trees in pots. 

Blood Fish and Bone is less expensive balanced fertilizer that is slow release without needing to be encapsulated because it's constituents only dissolve slowly. 

As others have said, Tomato feed does not need to be applied until the first flowers have set.

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 09:22

All vine weevils are female. The adults are not the real problem. They disfigure leaves by biting chunks out of the edges. They don't fly, and walk about during the night, moving from plant to plant munching and laying eggs. You can only see them at night, and the best way is to lay newspaper under a plant they are attacking and shake it. they drop onto the paper. They lay eggs several times a year, and these hatch out at irregular intervals into the larvae that do so much damage.By the time you notice the symptoms of a larval attack it is often too late. Use Provado Vine Weevil Killer as a preventative, (not Provado Ultimate Bug Killer, which is different). Don't use it on edible crops like strawberries. You need to use it twice a year as the weevils can come back 8 weeks after application when it has worn off.  

On edible crops you can use nematodes, but they only work from April to October when the soil temperature is above a certain temperature (can't remember but think it is around 5 C. The only alternative is to remove the plants in the dormant season, wash the roots thoroughly and replant in fresh compost. Remember that if you don't see larvae it does not mean there are not tiny eggs that will soon hatch into larvae. 

Because it's expensive stuff, I only use Provado on pot plants, which are much more vulnerable, and on heucheras and sedums in the garden soil. If I am overwintering pots in the greenhouse I occasionally tip them gently out of the pot, check for grubs, and then put them back. 

This is a vine weevil adult.

This is a larva (grub)

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 08:58

Many thanks, Obelixx!

Just tried editing, and it works!

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 08:38

Gary,  I didn't know you could change a post. That would solve my problem at a stroke. How do you do it? 

Many thanks

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 20:20

Hi Daniel,

I have just arrived from the soon-to-be-defunct BBC boards. Tried to cut and paste text from a website and although it looked ok once pasted, I got a mass of html code on the finished posting(see the Hosepipe Ban thread). Someone else has made the same mistake. On the Beeb site you could do this, and there was a 'preview' button so you could see what a message looked like before posting. This raises three thoughts:

1. Can you cut and paste from a web site?

2. Can you preview? 

3. Can you delete postings? 

By the way, well over 100 old Beeb boarders have joined, as you may have noticed, and we all think this site is much better, and we are all relieved to have found a welcoming home where we can maintain friendships and find lots of new friends. 

Hosepipe Ban

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 20:07

Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Well, that's cocked this thread up good and proper. Just discovered that cut and paste does not work like it does on the Beeb site, and there is no message preview sjo you can check before posting. I'll know next time. 

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