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Apple Sooty Spot

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 13:32

We have a fair number of apples which naturally do not store (Discovery, Katy for example) These we peel and purée and freeze the purée for winter use either in cake making or added to yoghurt.

We also juice a lot and freeze the juice, again for winter use.

So, your apples may not be perfect but unless you  intend selling them, the crop is not a total loss.

Gardening & what else?

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 12:56

a country cottage with a vegetable garden will do me fine

It ain't all it is cracked up to be.

Collecting seed from Sweet Williams

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 12:48

I wait until the seed pods actually open. There are a lot of seeds in the pod so it does not matter if a few escape.

You could put a paper bag over the seed head and wait for the seed to fall into it.

Geum sand Heuchera

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 21:09

Watch out for Vine weevils in a pot. I found four adults on my sales Geums today which means that they will have to be soaked in nasty insecticides in a few weeks time when the eggs hatch out. Very annoying.

Plant name?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 21:05

No idea why they are so expensive, they are so easy to propagate and to pot on and get to a reasonable size for selling very quickly.

Plant name?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 16:10

The only thing is, they do not stop as the nice edging shown , they spread and spread and spread. They also seed around, but a good number of the seedlings are green, not black.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 11:36

Just a few today, lots of lost name Clematis.

http://s703.photobucket.com/user/Owdboggy/slideshow/July%202015

Geum sand Heuchera

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 09:17

Never bothered with Heuchera, but Geums, yes. Dig up the clumps, refresh the soil and replant. They should then grow away again. Give them a good watering first.and afterwards.

Apple Sooty Spot

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 21:15

The fruit is still edible, once it has been peeled, but obviously it does not store.

Sad day for British Bees

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 17:49

This was posted by a Bee keeping acquaintance

Below from my beekeeping Society:

Breaking news: an hour ago, environment minister Liz Truss snuck out a last-minute decision to allow the use of bee-killing pesticides on UK fields.

It’s not good news, but thanks to enormous pressure from 38 Degrees members over the past few months, the approval is for a much smaller area than originally planned. By allowing the use of bee-killing pesticides, the government is going against it’s own experts and almost half a million 38 Degrees members.

Today’s been a big, surprising setback in our campaign to protect our bees. But we don’t have to stop here. We could talk to experts about whether we can appeal this decision. Or perhaps we should find out where the bee-killing pesticides are going to be used and launch local campaigns against them?

We make the best decisions when we work together. Can you help decide what we do now?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bees-what-next

The process around this decision was a total mess. The government gagged their own experts from speaking publicly - after they initially said no to letting bee-killing pesticides back on UK fields. And then ministers made the final decision behind closed doors on the last day before MPs go on holiday for six weeks.

The petition to keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides has an incredible 473,000 signatures. And thousands of 38 Degrees members sent tweets, called and emailed the Defra ministers asking them to stand up for our bees.

Our pressure made a difference, the first application to use the toxic pesticides was rejected outright. Sadly the second one was approved, but for a much smaller area. So what should we do now?

Should we embarrass the government for making this dodgy decision by taking out adverts in newspapers? Or perhaps we should move on to other campaigns?

Please help us decide what to do next by taking this short survey:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bees-what-next


Thanks for everything you do,

Nat, Robin, Maddy, the whole 38 Degrees team and the bees


Farmers Guardian: NFU granted Autumn Emergency Use Neonicotinoid Derogation:
http://www.fginsight.com/news/nfu-granted-autumn-emergency-use-neonicotinoid-derogation-4968
Farmers Weekly: Neonicotinoid emergency use approved for 5% of OSR area:
http://www.fwi.co.uk/arable/neonicotinoid-emergency-use-approved-for-five-of-osr-area.htm
The Guardian: UK government gags advisers in bees and pesticides row:
http://www.theguardian.com/environm...rs-refusal-support-bee-harming-neonicotinoids
Parliament UK: House of Commons recess dates:
http://www.parliament.uk/about/faqs/house-of-commons-faqs/business-faq-page/recess-dates/
38 Degrees Blog: Breaking news - Bees: