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enter image description hereNearly retired professional gardener/horticulturalist, working principally in ornamental gardening, UK pests/diseases knowledge.


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revised What is this disease or nutrient difficiency on my Parfianka Pomegranate?
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comment Requirements for successful Blueberry bush planting
More info please - not clear how you prepared the ground before you planted. Did you choose a free draining area, dig it all over well and then incorporate humus rich materials (composts, rotted animal manure, that kind of thing), then check the ph before planting? Did you choose hardy varieties of blueberry?
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comment How to prevent ants from digging near my plants?
@JoJo - that sounds like a good watering regime for your plants though. You could always use the old fashioned method of boiling a kettle, opening up a nest and pouring boiling water into it, but you'd need to be careful not to scald plant roots or leaves.
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answered What is this disease or nutrient difficiency on my Parfianka Pomegranate?
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comment How to encourage new raspberry stalks to grow away from the main stalk?
@JMusser - I'd argue with your statement 'raspberries don't sucker'. In my experience, they march, so to speak, and appear further away, so that your original raspberry bed, 4 years later, has moved itself 3 feet away (in my case, into the shrubs planted nearby)
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answered How to prevent ants from digging near my plants?
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answered Can I cover mature tree roots with fresh wood chips?
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comment Does aerating water to raise the pH in nutrient solutions work well?
@J.Musser Really - Thats meant for aquaria, not temporarily for a nutrient solution, surely.
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comment Is there a way to discourage blackbirds, but not other birds, from visiting my yard?
@Matt S. If they are Grackles (Common Grackles) they are technically ground feeders.
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revised Is there a way to discourage blackbirds, but not other birds, from visiting my yard?
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answered Is there a way to discourage blackbirds, but not other birds, from visiting my yard?
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comment Does aerating water to raise the pH in nutrient solutions work well?
I'm intrigued as to how you would aerate a nutrient solution, that is, what you would use to do it.
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comment What is this white substance growing on a kumquat tree?
I magnified the pic and it looks like a sheet of white fluff beneath a couple of leaves - most likely mealy bug infestation, though magnification still doesn't show enough detail.
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comment Hexagonal bush?
@J.Musser, well duh... I know it isn't, it was just a guess, as I said in the answer, and an incorrect one at that, but thanks for saying why you downvoted
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comment What are these reddish-brown growths on my succulent plant?
@daspianist I feel a bit uncomfortable because Alpar diagnosed correctly in a comment first, but see updated answer
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answered What are these reddish-brown growths on my succulent plant?
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comment How may I quell the fungus among-us?
@ckuhn203 Found it, thanks!