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Strange Looking Fruit

Posted: 28/10/2015 at 17:13

It is from a Magnolia!


Vine Weevil

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 18:57

I have tried to pick the grubs out, but there are always one or two hidden somewhere, now I always take the plants out and rinse the roots in running water to get even the last grub out and then plant them in fresh compost.

That works fine.


Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 19:05

I always sow mine in cardboard rolls (toilet paper) which I collect over the year.

It works fine, I just put them in the ground in spring with the roll, so the roots are not disturbed and they grow happily along and the cardboard just disperse.

I tried last spring to sow directly in the ground, it worked fine as well, they just flowered a little bit later.

Shrub ID please

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 20:22

It could be a "Weigela Avalanche"

Figs galore

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 07:14

You are lucky, I had only 1 ripe fig this year. There are several staying put hard and green..... but lots of new (next years) ones.

You could dry them, it's nice for the winter!

Garden is a restaurant for slugs.

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 13:32

I have ( had actually ) lots of slugs and snails in my garden, (West Sussex coast) but I have never seen one of these leopard slugs!

Despite they are slugs I think they look beautiful........

I put used coffee ground around the most vulnerable plants, which I get for freefrom my local Waitrose, it works fine and is a fertilizer as well.


Garden is a restaurant for slugs.

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 18:28

Somapop, forget the wool pellets! I've tried them and the slugs and snail were just crawling over them ( laughing at me )

I even tried sheeps wool, didn't work either....

Fig drop

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 17:55

I have a fig tree, but never had any problems like this. BUT I live on the south coast and the winters here are very mild. Maybe your figs have got some frost or cold wind?

(The figs developing this year always ripen the following year)

Bare Gooseberry bush

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 10:34

I have never heard of Bordeaux mixture.

What I will do is in the autumn I'll change the soil (my bush is growing in a large container) That might solve the problem with the hibernation, and then wait and see what happens next year.

Bare Gooseberry bush

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 07:34

Thank you for your responses.

Pansyface (what a lovely name!!) the caterpillars don't look like the one in the picture. Mine are really bright green, but the picture of the bush looks exactly like my bush.

First I did pick them up and put them on the bird table, but they seemed to multiply every night............

Thank you for your advice plotskier, I will try next year, this year I have to be happy with my 6! berries...

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Bare Gooseberry bush

small green caterpillars -  
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wool pellets

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Cuttings from Lilac/Syringa

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I have lots and lots of arconites in my flower beds 
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Rosmary bush

rosmary bush is getting brown an crumbly, all the leaves/needles are falling off. 
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Moving Black currant bush

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How can I get rid of ants in my compost bin? 
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