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Latest posts by biofreak

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 16:09

Many thanks. Coming to UK next week - Will stock up!

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 09:56

I am inundated with lily beetle - exhausted pinching them out. Just seem to get more due to the mild Winter no doubt. Does anything work against these red horrors?

Despite treating my peach tree with Bordeaux Mixture. Shop bought treatments and even resorting to garlic juice around the roots - the peach leaf curl has returned. Has anyone any ideas at all what to so next??Swearing and war dancing has not worked either!

blind daffodils

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 09:51

My daffodils aren't blind but MUNCHED!!! What on earth is attacking the stamens and a tiny chunk of petal???

 

Time to get busy!

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 09:50

Try Calendula petals in scones - Taste great. Part of my organic baking range. Makes good alternative to saffron in rice as well, and so pretty in salads.

Sawfly -Gooseberries

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 14:45

Thanks so much - Coming to UK next week so shall stock up with preventions against horrors and buy a decent garden fork. Don't exist in France!

peas

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:32

I always seem to lose the Autumn peas to mice and voles. Cats to keen on staying indoors in Winter! So have given that up. Now start when sun warms my back in early April or this year earlier this week as such a mild Winter. Boots the Bengal (Cat) catching 6-8 voles a week and 2-3 mice a day at the moment. So everything is coming out of hibernation I think.

Lavender

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:27

I know that you can divide thyme successfully, and I always pop trimmings into the ground, but can I do that at this time of year?

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:24

Just a quick additional thought. Please do not stick rigidly to the crops mentioned. Root days cover all roots/Leaf days include Spinach at this time of year, so check seed packets as general sowing guide, then divide them into root/leaf/flower (broccoli for eg) and fruit (toms/aubergines/chiilis come under this banner). I would hate to think that some of you are waiting for your particular favourite to be mentioned. I am only passing on the French Calender with what they list. There are also a list of varieties eg. Ratte potatoes. Does anyone want to know these recommendations too? Remember some varieties may not be available in UK but I could list the one's I think you would recognise.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:19

Hi everyone. Well, I've sowed the broad beans (trying Red Crimson for 1st time in addition to my beloved The Sutton) and first peas, also sowed beetroot and asparagus peas in greenhouse. The latter a first effort, the former as per last year's trials, I prefer to put out as plantlings, later in April as they seem to get away better. How are you all getting on?

Herewith Lunar Calender for 30th March - 5th April.

30-31st March Leaf days - In cold frame or sunny nursery bed sow Cabbages and Brussel Sprouts for Autumn crops. In greenhouse sow chicory and scarole/Rocket/Parsley and Chervil

1-2nd April  Fruit days Sow melons in greenhouse at 20-25c sowing 3 to a pot and keep moist. After they sprout keep the strongest plant. Sow Physalis. Do not garden on the 1st before 8.30am (Don't think you would anyway!?)

3/4/5th April Root days. With the moon rising this is the perfect time to sow parsnips outside for Autumn crops, and sow leeks in a nursery bed. Sow radishes outside.

Lots of flower jobs 6th onwards - Non veg people not forgotten!

Happy gardening.

Time to get busy!

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 16:43

I now have 3 'thinking' chairs! One for the Potager wich the cat pinches regularly. One for the Shrubbery where I can hide away with a good book (gardening one of course) and One that I carry around to place opposite 'projects' and consider in depth what on earth to do despite loads of plans in head and on paper. Now I have my first greenhouse (since last week) Chair No 4 will have to be employed. Only ONE problem - NO chairs left for visitors!

Discussions started by biofreak

Broom

Pruning 
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Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 18:43

Insect Eating Plants

What soil to use 
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Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 11:39

Peach leaf Curl

Will fruit hold? 
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Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 09:56

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Replies: 5    Views: 327
Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 21:52

Lavender

Dividing Plants? 
Replies: 12    Views: 362
Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 08:54

Sawfly -Gooseberries

Prevention 
Replies: 10    Views: 376
Last Post: 31/03/2014 at 20:03

Garlic v Onions

To mix or not to mix? 
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Last Post: 28/02/2014 at 11:06

Polytunnels

Can I get new covers? 
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Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:44

Polytunnels

Can I get new covers? 
Replies: 5    Views: 246
Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:38

First Spring Flowers

Disappointment & Joy 
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Last Post: 26/02/2014 at 15:28

Robins

Husband and Wife or just 'pals'? 
Replies: 23    Views: 707
Last Post: 22/02/2014 at 15:48

Rose Pruning

Could I prune now? 
Replies: 9    Views: 569
Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 21:37

Brussel Sprouts

Growing in Pots? 
Replies: 4    Views: 240
Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 15:18

Swedes & Turnips

Is it worth persevering? 
Replies: 3    Views: 316
Last Post: 04/02/2014 at 15:20

Potatoes

Growing in Bags 
Replies: 10    Views: 432
Last Post: 18/02/2014 at 18:30
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