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Magical Meerkat

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Tomato pest

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:23

You can just move the caterpillars to another part of the garden, they will eat lots of other plants. It's called a Bright-Line Brown-Eye moth, they just have a rather fond taste of tomatoes.


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:18

Yeah, I started the love them after visiting Knoll Gardens in Dorset, have you been there? you will love it! They specialise in grasses it's beautiful. I bought Villosum last year and they amazing fluffy heads are looking stunning

Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 21:03

We've tried tumbling toms this year and they are watery, we've always grown gardeners delight and they are delicious.

bug problem on herbs

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:58

I have lots of these to, but they are soldier beetles, not cardinals. Look at this link, they are still good guys though.


Gardeners World Lavender

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:54

I tried digging up a burying a straggly one deeper ins spring, thought it was worth a trial and it worked all the new growth is bushy out. They really don't like being cut back hard.


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:38

I have have Red Baron, Stipa Arundinacea and Pennisetum Villosum. I love grasses and the way the move in the wind, I have even left a large patch of the lawn to grow and it is stunning in the sun the flower heads are a golden orange at the moment!

I know the stipa, seeds everywhere, but it is perfect for my really really dry sandy soil, and I have given lots of free plants away to friends and family.

Bees in my compost

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:29

I think you bees are actually tree bumblebees, look them up they are our only bumble with a orange thorax and a white tail.. They like to nest in bee boxes to,   cuckoo bees take over a bumblebee nest and don't have workers, so wouldn't have many going in and out and foraging to bring in supplies.

wasp thingy

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 20:17

you could try looking at the hornet hoverfly, though the wings aren't coloured.

Bugs attacking herbs. ID help!

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 16:58

Hi Ranarama, I have these this year, they are sage leafhoppers Eupteryx melissae. Though there is another similar one, check this link to see if this looks right. I

They suck the sap from the leaves, but I think you can still use the leaves for cooking. You could also try a wash of soap water over the leaves, which might get rid of them if you don't want them there. My plants have been fine with them on.


Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:13

I have 2 Black Adders and an Anise Hyssop which have been dug up and popped back in the ground again. The Anise has self seeded in my patio, but never grows much over 1 inch, before my super snails munch them to nothing.

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Discussions started by Magical Meerkat

Patio Almond tree

Does anyone have one of these? 
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Last Post: 08/05/2014 at 16:36

Getting rid of bamboo in tricky spot

How to kill/remove bamboo between fences? 
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Plant ID and weed help?

Grass growing amongst plants 
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Are there any good snails?

Do all snails eat plants? 
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Ahhhhh Goosebeery sawfly are back!

organic solutions please 
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Lavender ID

Which lavender is this please? 
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Last Post: 01/05/2014 at 11:46

Creeping Lemon Thyme

Reverted, need help 
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What Lithodora is this?

Bought in the sale, no label 
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Young Pear Tree Help!

First year flowering, should I remove? 
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Last Post: 01/04/2014 at 13:32

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Just found this in the garden, can someone help me Id the poo? 
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Last Post: 31/03/2014 at 11:20

Where to put greenhouse?

Just been given free greenhouse! 
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Last Post: 09/03/2014 at 18:16

Water butt advice

Installing and options 
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Last Post: 12/02/2014 at 19:02

Are slugs still about?

Something is eating my plants 
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Last Post: 13/02/2014 at 19:35

verbena bonariensis help

Verbena pruning advice. 
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Last Post: 14/01/2014 at 17:17

Laburnam Tree Help After Storms

Please help me with my sickly laburnams tree. 
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