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Talkback: Red spider mite

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:36 is perhaps the Lilly Beetle you have rather than Red Spider Mite.

If you want to avoid a chemical solution, you could pick off the beetles as soon as you see them.

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:17

SViolet........take some cuttings from your Sage.....they can be whingey B****rs sometimes but usually something can be salvaged. They can have a short "shelf" life in our weather.  Full sun and dry is what keeps them happy in my experience.


Posted: 31/08/2014 at 18:55 adult or a youngster ?  Active or not ?  Too early for a healthy hog to be settling in for winter

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 18:22

Owen............the Marjoram is really a hardy plant and will overwinter outside without too much problem.  Trim off the flower heads when finished down to new growth.

Basil is too tender to last outside overwinter.......if you have flower spikes, let them ripen and save the seed for next year.  If the weather is still reasonable, you can cut the Basil down to leaf joints and you should get a useful flush of leaves to enjoy before winter.

Thyme Dying Off

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 18:15 many of the shrubby herbs, their lifespan can often only be 2 or 3 years for a really strong growing plant.

If you cut them regularly, they should stay bushy.

It could be that the larger Silver is overcrowding the creeper......with plants of differing growth habits, it is often better to keep them in individual pots.

You can reinvigorate the plants by trimming out the dead bits ( not into really old wood if you can avoid it ) and then mound some very gritty compost into the centre of the plant.......if you do that at this time of year, the chances of getting new growth is good.

Taking cuttings is a good idea too so that you will always have the plants to grow on

saving begonias

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 17:52

Bedding begonias (tubers ) you can save from year to year...dry and frost free.

Begonia Rex ( common house plant ) is easy to propagate from leaf cuttings.  Take a good healthy leaf, cut across the veins and lay flat on compost ( pin down if necessary ).  Plantlets will form from the cuts

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 17:42 surprise I got the name wrong

New garden new start... Fingers crossed

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 17:39'll soon get that sorted I'm sure-----just not too much sitting about on that Swing Seat yet

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 17:26

SPea...........your weed with little orange flowers..........I know it as pheasant eye but that may just be me........however, it's the same whatever the name and I pull it up every day seemingly.  Even the Chickens just look at it and don't attempt to scratch it up  So definitely want to leave behind

Need gardening Help (complete beginner)

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 17:19

Daniel........the above advice is good but I'd certainly "pick" your Garden Centre when asking for advice on which shrubs you have and how to look after them.  A great many garden centres just sell stuff........they do not always have much of a clue what they are selling.  A good local nursery or even your new neighbours may be a better source of advice. 

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Rude but funny.

Another Quotes thread.......can't find the old one. 
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Sweet potato

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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

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Perennial evergreen Grass

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How things change 
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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

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