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Caterpillar Brassicas Problems and Cures

Small Cabbage White Caterpillar (pic) Large Cabbage White Caterpillar are yellow with black markings Caterpillar Problems There are a large variety of caterpillar from different species of moths, butterflies and saw flies. Brassicas are particularly susceptible to three common types the large cabbage white butterfly, the small cabbage white butterfly and the cabbage moth respectively […]

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Lawn Grub Problems and Controls

Grubs of the daddy long legs or species of Tipula attract birds to peck at your lawn. More importantly nthe feast on the roots of your turf.   Grub Problems on Lawns Leatherjackets  are larvae or grubs of the  Crane Fly or Daddy Long Legs as they are more commonly known. Leatherjackets live for one […]

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Earwigs – Forficula auricularia Problems & Control

Earwig O Earwigs look worse than the bites they take out of plants. Some years there may be large infestations. Earwig Problems Whilst Clematis, Dahlia and Chrysanthemum plants may be a bit chewed  and ragged by an earwig they will not come to great harm unless you are growing show blooms. Larger infestations  can strip […]

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Perennial Begging

The Gardeners’ Charity is registered with the charity commission as no.1155156 – GARDENERS’ ROYAL BENEVOLENT SOCIETY. Most gardeners know it as ‘Perennial’. As befits a charity that has been helping horticultural workers for over 175 years it has built up some sizable reserves £43m plus 19 premises and two gardens at the last count. Rather a […]

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Grewelthorpe Himalayan Garden Images

The Himalayan Garden at Grewlthorpe continues to mature and develop. It is great to see a wide range of trees allowed to grow their natural size without undue lopping or arbo work. A new arboretum will open at the end of May 2017 and the next autumn season will be worth a special visit. As […]

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Woodlice Problems and Control

Woodlice Woodlice are generally seen as scavengers who eat rotting matter, they are not thought of as harmful to the garden. However, they do chew leaves and stems of tomatoes and cucumber in the greenhouse. They are not true insects but a species of crustacean. Seedlings can be  eaten by woodlice before the seedlings become […]

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Pruning Deciduous Azalea and After Care

Azalea Mollis aka Rhododendron sinensis This species of plants originate in central China. The closely related species R. molle japonicum come from Japan. Both these deciduous varieties are relatives of the popular Ghent and Knapp Hill hybrids. They are one of our favourite flowering plants with bold, colourful, spring blooms that are not hidden by […]

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Wasps Problems and Control

Wasps Wasps are a large and diverse group of insects with tens of thousands of  species including Hornets, Yellow Jackets and solitary wasps. Some social wasps live together in a nest with an egg-laying queen but the greater numbers are solitary species. Wasps like munching on ripen fruit Plums, Pears and Apples. They are not […]

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Camassia Flowers and Food

Some Camassia species were an important food staple for Native Americans and settlers in parts of North American Camassia quamash or wild hyacinth will naturalise in grass and is happy in moist ground. These bulbs have a reputation of being tough and hardy and thrive in less than perfect soils. Camassia leichtlinii is a spring […]

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Growing all Sorts of Stuff

Why You Might want to Grow Edible Stuff Food stuff is top of the list in Mazlow’s hierarchy of need. ‘Growing your own’ to feed the family has been a priority for centuries. Farmers, market gardeners and smallholders all contribute edible stuff as do allotment holders and the majority of gardeners. Windowsills, greenhouses, conservatories and […]

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