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Latest posts by MuddyFork


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 10:57

Looks like  Sloe Bugs to me, members of the shield bug family.  My book states they feed on 'Sloes and other berries' so could be a problem on raspberries


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 15:42

Try giving it a feed, I use tomato food on  mine.  They are very hungry plants and protect from the dreaded slugs.

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 15:40

I have spotted my first ladybird larva today, feasting nicely on the blackfly.  Maybe the ladybirds are as confused about the weather/season as we are.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 11:09

He used reinforcing bar available from builders merchants and possibly somewhere like B&Q.  I remember thinking that it would take some strength to bend it but it does come in a variety of diameters so maybe the smaller ones would bend.  Have you checked out the BBC GW website as they may have a video clip in their 'How to' section.


Posted: 13/08/2013 at 15:53

What you propose would work as long as the pots don't freeze.  I aways remove the tubers from the pots so that I can check for vine weevil grubs at the roots, they love dahlias.  I then wrap them up in newspaper and pack them in a cardboard box to store in the shed over winter.  In the spring I repot them in fresh compost.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 15:34

Gently scrape away the soil from around the base of the baby plant to see if it has rooted.  If it has you should gently prise it out doing as little damage to the roots as possible.  If there are no roots leave it a bit longer.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 15:31

TT I made trellis using roofing batten, it's about half inch think and about an inch wide.  Works well and quite cheap.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 15:25

It's a Mahonia but not sure which one


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 17:10

I've gone from about 150 posts to over 4000.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 17:09

The RHS website has a plant finder section that lists growers for plants.  Many offer a mail order service and generally the plants are first class, web address is  You don't need to be a member to use the service.

Discussions started by MuddyFork

Over wintering a Water Lily

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Plant id please

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Any recomendations for a garden to visit

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Are there any Dahlias with a perfume

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Are there any Dahlias with a perfume

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Does anyone know what this plant is?

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Poorly white grape vine

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