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Posted: 10/04/2014 at 08:12

Thanx CC. Good advice. I will give it one more try this year.


Posted: 09/04/2014 at 08:17

Thanks FB


Posted: 08/04/2014 at 08:19

Brilliant everyone. I have seeded some nasturtiums so hopefully that will help.

Is Enviromesh the same as/similar to garden fleece?

I really don't like the idea of using sprays. I did rot down in water and drain off some rhubarb leaves. Disgusting smell and didn't do too much prevention work. Will try all suggested thanks


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 12:15

Hi despite covering my sprouts and cabbages with four layers of fine netting the cabbage whites managed to get underneath and lay their eggs. My best efforts to pinch out the eggs resulted in a considerable number of caterpillars developing. I managed to pick some out but the remainder caused damage. Anyone got any advice here. Farmers crops never seem to be affected??


Posted: 23/09/2013 at 11:14

Brilliant and very helpful. Thank you


Posted: 22/09/2013 at 10:23

I lifted my Maris Piper potatoes yesterday. I washed all the mud from them. What is the best way to store and keep them in good condition for eating?


Posted: 01/09/2013 at 12:14

Thanks guys. If i see another I will take a better photo!


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 09:31

Can anyone help me identify this beetle which was on my runner beans plants. Sorry about the photo quality tookit with my phone




Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:13

I took over a large garden plot for a lady who lost her husband some 4 years ago. The polt was completely overrun with marestail weed which is evil. The first year I double spit dug the whole plot and I took away 8 large wheelie bins full of it. The second year I did the same thing and had just over 5 wheelie bins. The third year I did the same thing and by this time there was considerably less of it but I still had 2 wheelie bins full. This year it is part of my normal weeding process and i have it under control.

What you mustn't do is to dig it over and leave any of it in the ground (the root goes very deep) and certainally don't ever rotovate it as that will increase it substantially. I do not like using chemicals but I think fidgetbones is right about the weede on your tarmac. Monty Don will tell you that it makes good compost but if you do that make sure its good and dead before you put it on the heap!

Hope this is helpful


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 08:04

Thank you waterbutts. Spot on.

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