Adam Pasco

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snails and slugs

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:46



Every evening for the past month or so I've gone out with a torch and walked round the garden, and without exception I've caught large fat slugs or snails every time. 

And I discovered that if the remains of squashed slugs and snails were left in place, when I returned the next night more slugs had converged to eat them! Just check out my photo.



which cucumbers for next year

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 10:23

Don't mention tomato blight!!!!!!

Blame myself really, as I'd been keeping a close eye on outdoor tomatoes to try and judge when I should spray with a preventive copper fungicide. Suddenly spotted in this week, and it has already taken hold.

Have ripped out any plants showing symptoms of blight and sprayed everything, including Losetto that should be blight tolerant. Not leaving anything to chance as I really love my tomatoes!

Hopefully some of the large Italian plum tomatoes will have survived ... fingers crossed!

All this rain, high humidity and high temperatures is just what blight needs to spread on potatoes and tomatoes, so beware! Spray today!




which cucumbers for next year

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 18:03

I've learnt from experience with greenhouse cucumbers, and now ONLY grow varieties that are resistance to Powdery Mildew disease. This year I'm enjoying good crops on Bella and Tiffany.

Drying leaves can also be the result of attack by Red Spider Mite. Have you inspected leaves closely for any signs? Maintaining high humidity by regular misting can help deter attack.

Talkback: Organic pest control in the garden

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 13:43
Hi Felicity. Yes, the others are quite right that woodlice don't usually cause damage to fruit unless it has been damaged first by another pest to give them access.

If plants are in pots, do raise these up or stand them on staging.

Where plants are growing in border soil take measures to prevent fruit trailing on the ground, and avoid them getting soiled or attacked by pests. Tie developing fruit stems to short canes to hold fruit above the canopy of foliage.

Hope this helps.

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 22:48

Hi Ken.  I'd apply moss killer first.

Leave until moss is dead and blackened then mow to shorten grass.


Then scarify to remove dead moss and thatch, and mow again if very untidy.


Hope this helps.

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 19:04

Those are very well trained birds, oldchippy. Please send them my way!

Talkback: Dealing with moss

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:30
Yes, I agree. Treat the lawn with moss killer and it should quickly kill it (and go black) in a matter of days. You can then rake/scarify to remove.

And if you can see lots of gaps and soil I'd recommend over-seeding with grass seed mixed with compost. April is usually a good month to do this, as warmer conditions and April showers encourage seeds to germinate and grow.

Talkback: Early butterflies

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 11:51
Yes, it's only cabbage white butterflies that will lay eggs on brassicas, and a fine netting cage built over these helps keep them off, as well as keeping pigeons away.

Four of our favourite native butterflies use stinging nettles to lay their eggs and for their caterpillars to feed on. These include the Peacock, Coma, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral.

So it pays to leave some nettles around in quiet corners or natural 'wild' areas to provide a nursery for native butterflies!

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 00:03

Hi nutcutlet. Exactly the same thing has happened to me before. I've thought that my Helleborus niger just got too dry in its shady site during summer, and didn't pull through. I've never got it to establish, unlike the Oriental hybrids and H. argutifolius that are far more reliable. Helleborus lividus has been good for me too.

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 16:45
Now that's what I love about gardening ... plants for free!
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