Latest posts by Berghill

Vine Weevil frustration

Posted: 13/12/2017 at 17:12

£1200 of plants thrown away is a bit of a leap though. We have decided that what I will do is when we get a date for moving (if ever) I will take a cutting from each plant, no roots so no weevils. Carefully labelled in 2 ins pots and take them. The originals can be thrown away, the pots washed out. Eventually the cuttings can be potted up and grown on to selling size.

Vine Weevil frustration

Posted: 13/12/2017 at 14:18

Just been going through my Auriculas in the poly tunnel. 15 pots so far with active vine weevil grubs in them. Really annoying as it is less than 2 months since every pot was soaked in very expensive stuff to kill off the things. It is also supposed to future protect the plants as well.

Since we a re moving house (hopefully) I do not want to take vine weevils with me to the new place.

Not sure whether to repot all the plants after washing the roots in fresh compost (big job there are over 400 of them) or just to throw them all away and start again with new plants next year.

How the heck do I stop this re-infestation? I have tried every type of stuff on the market, kept everywhere as clean as possible and disposed of every infected plant as I find them.

Feral cats

Posted: 11/12/2017 at 13:03

We have three good hunting cats, but even so when we had hens we still got the occasional rat. Our one rat hunting cat (sadly gone now) cost us a fortune in treatment for abscesses which he got from rat bites.

The hens soon put them in their place. And the best mousers we ever had were the hens themselves.

As said making sure the hen food is not accessible to rodents is the best control.


Posted: 10/12/2017 at 15:47

Our daughters went to visit some friends house and came home and said that the place smelt of bleach. the mother was a Theatre Sister and kept everywhere sterile. Those girls got every stomach bug going. Ours, brought up in clean but not sterile conditions got nothing.

Modern thinking is that children need to be exposed to germs to build up their immunity systems within the body.

Sadly the well here is definitely contaminated. The run off from the Farm land alongside is full of nasties from the manure pile. Even the local river is not clean because of it.

Last edited: 10 December 2017 15:47:44

I need help with my research!

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 12:58



They are both more frequented by American gardeners.

Last edited: 08 December 2017 12:58:30


Posted: 08/12/2017 at 10:41

I think this story is in the same category as the slime from Spanish slugs causing cars to skid and cyclists to fall off their bikes.


Posted: 07/12/2017 at 08:53
Obelixx says:

Yes.  I do it with brassicas cos they can lurk and hide in all the folds and nooks and crannies.   Next season I shall be netting them.

See original post

 Nothing worse than critters in your crooks and nannies


Posted: 06/12/2017 at 21:04

On a slightly serious note, we were advised by the Gov't scientist chap not to eat any raw veg or fruit out of our garden because the local Chicken torturers put their used material on the field next to our garden. He found E-coli, Listereira and Salmonella germs in the manure pile.

We is still alive.....just.

Last edited: 06 December 2017 21:05:35

Plant ID

Posted: 23/11/2017 at 20:51

Linaria purpurea

Last edited: 23 November 2017 20:52:41

Please help ID these

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 21:03

First one is an Ash tree seedling.

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