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Adam Pasco

Latest posts by Adam Pasco

Talkback: New year gardening resolutions

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 20:51

Looks like we're all going to have a productive time ahead.

What other resolutions do people have in store for 2014?

Talkback: Christmas chilli

Posted: 25/12/2013 at 20:22
I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it?

Talkback: Putting hardy gerberas to the test

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 17:48
Hi little-ann. The lovely Garvinea gerberas should grow perfectly well in borders, although I've only grown them in pots.

To be honest, the temperature of soil in most borders may not drop as low as that in pots, so provided the site doesn't get waterlogged in winter I don't see any reason why they shouldn't flourish.

Bug id please.

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 22:38

Beautiful picture Fidgetbones. My first guess is the same as Daintiness, as I think this is an Ichneumon Wasp. I've only ever seen one once before, so I can't really say they're common. They are very valuable natural predators, as their larvae eat garden pests. The female of some species lay their eggs inside other insects too. Sadly I'm no expert, so hopefully there's one out there who could give us more information about this striking insect.


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 11:03

I'd certainly recommend you try growing some of the self-fertile varieties of runner bean next year, like 'Moonlight' and 'Firestorm'. I think these varieties may have been bred by crossing runner beans with French beans, as these are often more self-fertile and don't require bee pollination. Certainly worth a try. I haven't grown any this year, but if anyone else reading this has tried either 'Moonlight' or 'Firestorm' perhaps they could let us all know how they got on.

Talkback: Growing courgettes

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 09:38
Yes you're right Welshonion, but growing the self-fertile variety Parthenon should help as every female flower will set fruit without needing to be pollinated.

Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 00:57

That's an idea Roy. I've heard some head gardeners talk about inviting bird of prey demonstrations into their gardens to help deter pigeons –more to scare them off than eat them, so they do come back. Certainly worth considering.

Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 14:13

Thanks Marinelilium.  Perhaps that's where I went wrong – is a bird of prey like the falcon doesn't keep them away then I should try and owl. Plastic or real? Or just play them recordings of owls? I need to do something .....

Talkback: Deterring pigeons

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 20:50
Thanks artjak. A reflective barrier is worth considering round crops, but won't look that sightly.
I did read that it's illegal to shoot pigeons unless you have the correct authority. Now I hear from oldchippy that their feathers are like body armour it doesn't sound as if shooting is even an option!
And Dovefromabove, please send your Peregrine's down my way ... there's plenty of food for them here!

Can you identify this raspberry leaf condition?

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 11:13

Yes, looks like nutrient deficiency, or chlorosis. It's often worse on alkaline soils and during dry weather. 

Give your raspberries a generous liquid feed with a balanced fertiliser, and repeat until leaves green-up again. Keep well watered when soil is dry too.

Discussions started by Adam Pasco

Talkback: Christmas chilli

I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it? 
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Last Post: 06/02/2014 at 17:10

New flowers to recommend

Can you recommend a new variety of flowering plant to others? 
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Last Post: 25/10/2012 at 10:39

Talkback: Glow-worms

Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards i... 
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Last Post: 21/08/2012 at 21:50

Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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Last Post: 09/02/2012 at 20:15
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