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Latest posts by biofreak

How is the Potato planting going for you?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 11:12

Started my potato bags off 2 weeks ago and covered with fleece. Laying out (No planting) 2nd earlies going on new bed in Potager next time the Lunar Calender advises it and earthing up with compost/lawn mowings/compost/lawnmowings as per last year. Worked a treat, so fingers crossed and. The bags are just an experiment as per Monty Don..

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.

Discussions started by biofreak

Sawfly

Moving Gooseberries 
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Last Post: 04/10/2014 at 18:13

Figs in Pots & Mulberries

What Soil? 
Replies: 4    Views: 177
Last Post: 04/10/2014 at 18:51

Greenhouse in Winter

What to plant/sow now 
Replies: 3    Views: 232
Last Post: 04/10/2014 at 17:10

Broom

Pruning 
Replies: 11    Views: 313
Last Post: 19/06/2014 at 18:43

Insect Eating Plants

What soil to use 
Replies: 11    Views: 355
Last Post: 25/06/2014 at 11:39

Peach leaf Curl

Will fruit hold? 
Replies: 2    Views: 191
Last Post: 14/05/2014 at 09:56

Lily Beetle & Peach leaf curl

Replies: 5    Views: 454
Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 21:52

Lavender

Dividing Plants? 
Replies: 12    Views: 453
Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 08:54

Sawfly -Gooseberries

Prevention 
Replies: 14    Views: 645
Last Post: 04/09/2014 at 10:32

Garlic v Onions

To mix or not to mix? 
Replies: 6    Views: 405
Last Post: 28/02/2014 at 11:06

Polytunnels

Can I get new covers? 
Replies: 4    Views: 250
Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:44

Polytunnels

Can I get new covers? 
Replies: 5    Views: 367
Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:38

First Spring Flowers

Disappointment & Joy 
Replies: 68    Views: 2571
Last Post: 26/02/2014 at 15:28

Robins

Husband and Wife or just 'pals'? 
Replies: 23    Views: 861
Last Post: 22/02/2014 at 15:48

Rose Pruning

Could I prune now? 
Replies: 9    Views: 679
Last Post: 08/02/2014 at 21:37
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