Latest posts by Berghill

Does anyone grow bodi peas?

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 20:40

We grow Yard long beans, but they have to be started in heat and grown on in the poly tunnel to make sure we actually get a crop. So yes, if you can provide the heat they are possible. Delicious too!

Compost Heaps / Rats

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 17:33

Been using rat visited compost on our Veg patch for 21 years. We are still alive                ,just!

Knitting a hedge

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 17:27

Whoops, sorry I misread it as Blackthorn. Should not read these things with the wrong glasses (or after emptying full glasses).

Still say the same though, I would not use any thorned plant for a hedge unless it was to keep intruders out. We have 60 feet of Hawthorn hedge and it is a beggar to cut and remove the debris.

vine weevils?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 20:33

Vine weevil larva go from the stage you see in the compost to a white version of the adult. So if you see a bleached Vine weevil it is the pre-adult stage. They do not have a stage where they look like caterpillars.

Knitting a hedge

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 17:10

Quickthorn is a kind of Prunus and its fruit is Sloe. It is said to knit a hedge together because it grows quickly, suckers like mad and as it has thorns it grabs on the other shrubs in the mix. Personally I would not grow it in an urban situation because of its prickliness, unless you need an intruder proof barrier.

Same applies to Hawthorn and Pyracantha.

Any fast growing shrub will soon make a dense hedge.

vine weevils?

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 17:05

Sounds like cutworms rather than Vine weevils. Cannot say that I have ever found V.w. on any of the Onion family and I grow a few of them. However I have seen click beetle larva on them.

Hope it was not v..w. I would hate to lose my collection of rare Alliums.

Did you manage to take a photo of the offenders?

Ant colonies in my planters.

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 20:34

Sorry, but ants nests are death to most plants. They produce Formic acid and that makes the compost so acidic that few if any plants can survive it. You can only clean out the planter, fill with fresh compost and use one of the propriety ant killing powders/liquids when you see them going back into the planters. There is no reason to suppose they will move into your house just because you have stopped them nesting elsewhere. If they were going to come inside, they would have already done it.

Lords and ladies

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 12:45

Add a little Washing up liquid to the Weed killer. It makes it stick to the leaves so it is then absorbed.

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Posted: 19/02/2017 at 14:55

The only advert on here for us is the Dobies one.

Summerhouse inside

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 13:01

The  cladding on our Summer house has lasted 18 years and has never been painted again either. Lasted longer than the hinges on the door.

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