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Little worms in water butt!

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 12:47

I spent a very amusing few minutes last night watching one of our cats dipping his paw in the waterbutt, trying to catch some of the mosquito larva which are in there.

There are ways of killing the larva, WD40 sprayed on the top, or a little cooking oil, nough to cover the surface, will do the trick. they have to come to the surface to breathe and the oil stops them. I have been known to add just a teaspoon of insecticide to a 40 gallong container. It is enough to kill off anything in the water, but at a very low concentration so it is not doing too much damage elsewhere. Only do that to the water butt I use for the Alpine house as there are no bees in there.

Talkback: Seeds - how to collect allium seeds

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 11:19

I thought I had posted something on sowing Allium seeds, I certainly did on the old Beeb site.

They need a cold  period to germinate so, they ought to germinate in Spring.

Collecting the seed is easy, when the little capsules at the top of the old flower stem begin to open to reveal little black seeds, is the time to collect and sow. Turn the seed head and stem upside down in a paper bag and let the seeds fall out. If they refuse to then you need to split the cpasules and release the seeds that way.

This is the peice I wrote for the Beeb many moons ago.

Sow the seed fresh. It germinates better straight from the plant rather than being dried off.

Cover lightly with grit, gravel or whatever rather than compost.

Sow in a deep pot rather than a seed tray (reasons later).

Leave exposed to weather. They need a period of cold followed by warmth to initiate germination.

When (if?) they germinate do not be in a hurry to p rick them out. This is the reason for deep pot rather than seed tray. They have only one root to begin with and if it is damaged, it dies and a new one has to be produced from the base of the seedling. usually they die.

Feed the seed pot with dilute Baby Bio type stuff, until the leaves go yellow then allow the pot to dry off.

Repotting may be done when they are dormant. Some types never really go dormant so be careful.

I often do not repot until they have had another seasons growth. Remember many of them actually grow in late winter/early spring.

Cannot think of anything else for the moment.

Not as hard as it seems.

Root mealybug

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 21:15

Interesting article here;

http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/publications/documents/QIC60.pdf

Can I plant near a septic tank?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 17:09

Well I did say 'now and then'. Ours now takes a fair number of years to fill up these days.

 

Little worms in water butt!

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 17:02

Easiest way to stop the larva is to put a solid lid on the water butt and take the water out from the tap at the base.

Can I plant near a septic tank?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 09:02

Only the water from our Separation type dranage sytem (Septic tank system is different) goes into the field beyond our garden. If there are any germs in it then the wheat/barley/rape seed/potatoes which are grown in there are going to be affected. No, the usual system is such that the grey water sump is  deep underground and since gravity pulls the stuff downwards, the chances of anything from the discharge reaching the roots of plants are very small to non-existent.

About the only thing you need to watch is blocking access to the tank. It will need emptying every now and then.

Yet another mystery plant...

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 21:16

6???????? I pulled out over a 100 from just one bed yesterday!

Plant identification

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 21:07

Do the leaves smell of Onions? Looking again the flowers do look like Allium flowers.

Plant identification

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 17:37

Bit hard to seee but they look like Tulbaghia to me.

Marmande tomatoes

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 12:40

At least you got some, not one of the 12 seeds in the packet was actually Marmande. Sadly we cannot remember whose seeds they were.

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