Latest posts by Berghill

Composting fallen apples

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 20:52

No idea if one should or should not, but I always do. You do need to watch out for wasps though, if your compost system is an open one.


Posted: 02/09/2017 at 12:14

Do that and you will be cutting off the flowers. Wait until the flowers have finished.

Ornamental cabbages

Posted: 01/09/2017 at 11:43

C. They are incredibly bitter.

Quinces from chaenomeles

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 17:46

We make a very acceptable preserve with them. Marmalade was originally made from true Quince by the way.

Wood lice

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 15:28

They like dark damp places. so remove as many of their hiding places as you can.

Generally they do not do much damage except when they are in large numbers and have exhausted their usual dead and decaying food. In strawbs and potatoes they follow up damage done by other things.

I moved some things on the compost heap this morning and the surface was alive with them. Thousands of them, all busy turning the material we put on the heap into nice compost.

Worst case, you could always collect them up and fry gently in butter. They are after all related to shrimps.

Last edited: 29 August 2017 15:30:35

Ground elder control

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 17:50

Better luck than we had. When we tried the ground elder choked out the Tagetes without any trouble at all.

Charlotte Scabbie Potatoes

Posted: 25/08/2017 at 17:49

Common scab. Usually a sign that the soil is too alkaline. Still edible, you just need to peel them.

What Weeds Are These !

Posted: 24/08/2017 at 17:42

Pearl wort is the first. Sagina procumbens

Oxalis corniculata is the second.

First one is a primary coloniser of bare soil. It can be hoed off as it does not have persistent roots, but it is a prolific seeder so will almost always come back.

Second one needs to be burnt off as the seed pods will explode and send millions of seeds about. Pulling out or hoeing is no good as there are thousands of tiny bulbs on the roots. Almost impossible to eradicate.


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 14:15

Looks more like Oxalis corniculata, but whatever the name it is a terrible weed. One of the most widespread too, on every continent except Antarctica.

Roundup if you use it, flame gun if you don't.

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