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What's been eating my shrubs?

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 15:59

Oh dear. 

I had noticed this before and assumed it was leaf cutter bees and that no harm would be done, but this year have noticed several plants failing to thrive/ flower so suspected it could be something else. 

Thanks for the suggestions

What's been eating my shrubs?

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 14:36


Apologies if a simialr post ahs already been replied to... I have searched the site and cannot find a similar question though.

In my front garden a lilac (I think, leaf on left of pic) and several shrubs- I


think hebes. Both of these have a great deal of leaf damage, mostly circular or semi-circuar bits eaten out at the edges. Any idea what causes this and if theere's anything I can do about it?


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 08:43

Have just filled my freezer half my with many individual portions of ratatouille- great recipe from Hugh Fearnly Wittingstall's Veg every day book, also adapted his aubergine parmigiana to use courgeettttes, remaining space in freezer taken up with this.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 17:37

Many thanks 2 Wheel & Jatnik, much welcome advice.



Posted: 16/08/2013 at 14:43

Hi 2 Wheel,

Thanks for the advice- much appreciated.

when you say you take the slips off, does this mean you snap/ peel the sprouting bits off?

I guess it's a bit late now, but I'll give them a bit of pretection and keep fingers crossed.



Posted: 16/08/2013 at 14:03


Unfortunately I missed the boat to buy sweet potato slips and it's now too late, however, there is a sweet potato lurking at the back of my veg basket which has started sprouting. I will pop it in a big pot or half a sack of compost and see what happens, but just having red how they're sold (slips taken from cuttings) I’m not sure this is going to work, but will give it a go anyway.

Do any of you grow sweet potatoes and have any advice or suggestions about this?

Many thanks



Sunflower seed heads for bird feed

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 22:45

thank you, just wasn't sure if i should leave them on or dead head. will DH some and save the head for later feeding, and leave a few on for now.

Many thanks folks

Sunflower seed heads for bird feed

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 09:36


I'm growing a small variety of sunfower ( I wonderd if i should leave the flower heads on when they've gone over for the birds, although the centre seems slightly furry, not seedy like the traditional big yellow sunflowers. Do i just need to eave them longer or shall i dead head them? Not sure if all varieties of sunflower produce seed that can be left for teh birds to feed on.

Raspberry problems

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 22:44

I have raspberries on the verge of ripeness as well as others no way near- still tiny, tight little green things...and yes, early on they do look a bit grey. There are summer and autumn (later summer) fruiting, all ripening at different times.  water well occasionally rather than little and often and enjoy once they're ripe and ready, they will be before too long- but make sure the birds and squirrels don't get there first!

what to start now for autumn & winter cut flowers

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 19:06

Many thanks for your advice

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