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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 19:56

My cardoon has 5 heads on and is in flower.  The bees simply love this and get quite drunk on the necter. I've seen 5 bumble bees, bottoms up, forraging  on just one head. Must take a photo

Stag Beetle Grubs?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 20:37

Thankyou Dovefromabove the info you sent was very helpful.  I did see rose chafers in the garden last summer so I think the grubs are rose chafers.  ( I'm going to check if mine are hairy ,but they didn't un curl so couldn't say if they travelled on their back)

Stag Beetle Grubs?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 20:19

Thank you Lilylouise,Sotongeoff, Nutcutlet and Bob the Gardener for your replies.Your pics Lilylouise did look like the grubs I found. I returned them to the corner of the heap.  I will have to have a look tomorrow and measure them Bob.The 3/4 inch was across the C, so they  could be longer.

Stag Beetle Grubs?

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 18:57

I have been spreading my home made compost around some of my shrubs and trees and came across these grubs:- large, white, with orange heads curled in a C about 3/4 inch across.  Are they stag beetle grubs?  What should I do with them?  In the past I have thrown them under the hedge, but if they are stag beetles I want them to survive

Talkback: How to make a home for stag beetles

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 14:18
In the past whilst digging out the compost from my heaps I came across several large grubs with orange heads - can't say I noticed any leg stubs - These may well have been stag beetle grubs.
As I am about to dig out the compost heaps to spread on the garden, if I should come across these grubs what should I do with them? Last time I threw them under the hedge.

Compost Heap

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 19:03

Thanks Maud, will do as you suggest.

Compost Heap

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 14:46

I am looking after a hampster and wondered if the sawdust+ bedding + food remains which I bag up when cleaning out the cage, could be put on the compost heap ( which is a black bin with a lid ) or might the waste food(dry) encourage rats?

Herb - Sweet cicely

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 18:36

Thanks Koalagirl and Obelixx for your comments.  Looks as if its only property is to sweeten tart fruit with the leaves, but I'm hoping someone will come up with a use for the large amount of seed the plant produces.

Herb - Sweet cicely

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 19:37

among my cllection of herbs I have been growing for several years is Sweet cicely. Pretty ferny foliage and white flowers at this time of year followed by black seeds.I have been told that you can use it to reduce the amount of suger when cooking rhubarb, but are there any other uses for the foliage and the seeds? ( It's gone mad this year and I will have to dig it out if I cant find  more uses for it.- there is only so much rhubarb I can eat.)

Talkback: Growing ornamental poppies

Posted: 17/02/2012 at 17:51
No mention of how to get these plants. Do I wait until summer and buy from a garden centre, or can I grow them from seed, how long will they take to flower?

I was given some red oriential poppy seed last summer.I sowed the seed in a pot and some spindly seedling appeared. These have stood still over winter. Will they start into growth in spring, and when will they flower?
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Stag Beetle Grubs?

Grubs in the compost 
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Compost Heap

What can I put in? 
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Herb - Sweet cicely

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