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What is eating my overwintering Chinese cabbage

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 17:56

My Chinese cabbage, growing under plastic cloches, looked fine until today, except for some irregular holes in the outer leaves. Now, as the hearts begin to form, they are being destroyed. There is also loads of frass in what remains of the heart. I managed to find a few small black slugs and several grey/green caterpillars, which have all been despatched, but I don't know if they are responsible.

Can anyone suggest the most likely culprit and any remedy (non-organic will be OK)

Gardens we have visited 2015

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 11:29

The other was Hartland Abbey.









Gardens we have visited 2015

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 10:52

Recently returned from a fortnight in North Devon with our extended family. Lots of time spent on several of the local beaches (Croyde, Saunton, Woolacombe) while the younger ones surfed, but managed to squeeze in a couple of garden visits.

RHS Rosemoor

The weather was switching all day between bright sunshine and overcast drizzle (quite common and why the county is so green and lush)








Yet another plant ID

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 15:34

Thanks, Hostafan1. That is great news!

Yet another plant ID

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 15:29

Not sure if this is a garden plant or a weed. It appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. I potted it up in case it was something worthwhile, but now I'm starting to get twitchy



Plant ID please

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 15:10

Hi, LG

I'm pretty sure it is a Cotoneaster. What size is the plant?

Renovating neglected Chaenomeles

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 15:22

I have a Chaenomeles 'Moerloosei', that has been neglected for most of its life.

Many years ago (before I learned that remedial pruning on chaenomeles should be carried out over several years), I pruned it very hard, resulting in masses of long, thin shoots. New clumps of stems have appeared in front of the original plant. Since then, I have neglected it some more..

I now want to reduce the number of main stems and train them on wires, spur-pruning the side shoots, but am concerned that my awful treatment has resulted in a shrub that is beyond hope.

another ID please

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 08:52

hi wendy - I agree about the lovely first photo. Are they ox-eye daisies?

The dangers of gardening

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 11:56

WARNING! do not read this if you are of a squeamish disposition.

Minos, hope your recovery is not too lengthy or frustrating. 

What a sorry litany of misery, pain and embarrassment.

My worst gardening accident happened last spring, when I was shredding some shrub prunings and obviously wasn't concentrating on what I was doing. I was resting a hand on the outside edge of the plastic hopper of the shredder when a particularly inflexible branch that was shaped a bit like a walking stick came down on the third finger of my right hand and rubbed/pulled the fingertip pad away from the fingernail until it was connected only by the skin at the first joint, then neatly folded the nail in half.

Thought I was going to lose the end of the finger, but surgeon managed to save it (including nail). Several months of physio left me with a working finger (if a little stiff and with permanent pins and needles). End of finger looks as though it has been in a pencil sharpener. Fortunately, I'm left-handed.

I was back out in the garden within a couple of days, my right hand heavily bandaged and encased in a plastic bag to keep it clean.

No fool like an old one.

Is this blight?

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 07:29

Thanks to all of you for your advice and reassurance. Just off to order a copy of  'Idiot's guide to British weather'

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