Michael Sands

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What is this Beetle

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 04:04

Thanks, once they don't do much harm I'm happy lol.

What is this Beetle

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:49

Thanks Alan, it seems that I only ever see one every year. So not a problem yet... I tried googling beetles for years to find out what it was and never found out till now, thanks.

What is this Beetle

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:41

Thanks Ladybird4, is it only grassroots he feeds on. I live in Ireland and I was wondering what he was as he has been a visitor here for a number of years now...

What is this Beetle

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:29

What is this Beetle

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 13:27

Hi, I have 2 photos of a beetle and I would like to know what it is and is it a threat to my garden? Thanks and no jokes about Ringo Star either lol.

He is about an inch long and the biggest Beetle I have ever seen, a common visitor to my garden but I haven't a clue what he is?

Last edited: 28 May 2016 13:32:35

Mixed Celery

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 14:24

I normally stick celery into anything namely soups, it goes well with beetroot soup. Boil a few vegetables together like celery and onions and add a soup packet when both are cooked. Not much of a cook myself pansyface...

Mixed Celery

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 14:09

I do like to experiment with gardening myself and did this with celery a few years back, I mixed the trench celery with the self-blanching celery in alternate rows in a plot of celery with a ring of self blanching celery around the plot, might have been 2 rows but the trench celery grew well within the self-blanching celery and it grew as tall.
My tip on celery is that mine grew great because I used David Austin Mycorrhizal Fungi on their roots, had nearly 3 foot celery from that… But they might have been a bit closer together than they should have been but it did work. The problem is the Trench variety is hardier...

I grew the celery in plugs first, so I could alternate them as I planted them in a diamond square formation between the two varieties. There were alternated so that the self blanching celery growing forced them to blanch the trench variety as they grew. But as I say it was an experiment that seemed to have worked but the Mycorrhizal might have helped as well?

T & M seed offer

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 00:40

Jinxy, no harm emailing them to find out before you fully decide what to do as they should know I think but I could be wrong?


Posted: 27/03/2016 at 20:12

 The graft is a bit rough but it is growing and doing well so far... Top part Aronia grafted onto an apple rootstock.

T & M seed offer

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 19:26

Jinxy, I have only got seeds from them as I think the plants would be a bit too expensive with p+p etc. The seeds are ok, I have got Sutherlandia frutescent, Artemisia scoparia, Iris missouriensis, Tradescantia occidentalis etc from them and they are ok seeds...

But I do not know what buying live plants would be like as with the customs etc, so it would be better contacting them first on their website but buying seeds from them is ok but can take up to 3 weeks to arrive. I put that down to the customs and excise ones?

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Rosa rugosa hybrid 
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What is this Beetle

Is this Beetle a threat? 
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Mixed Celery

Mixed celery in one plot. 
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Aronia melanocarpa 'Nero' grafted onto apple tree. 
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Chimney soot to protect roses from diseases.

Chimney soot to protect roses from diseases. 
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Does anyone know who sells Primula ‘Perth Sunset’

Primula ‘Perth Sunset’ Hybrid Cowslip Primrose, red in colour. 
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Artemisia abrotanum / Southernwood

It forms a small bushy shrub. The grey-green leaves are small, narrow, feathery and aromatic. 
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