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Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:40

Just about to transplant Broccoli Babies for next Spring crop. Any tips to start them off well?

Czar Plum Trees

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:38

Sorry - I agree with plotskier. How about a Thornless Blackberry instead. Mine are nice and shrubby and it would not catch on clematis.

Ants inside brassicas

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:35

Yes just remove liquid and water over plants. Acts as a repulsant and protects against first attacks. As you (Globalgecko) seem to have a full blown riot on your hands you may find a mix of tansy and lavander (Same recipe) stronger. See thread Gardening with the Moon for further recipes, and full list of beneficial plants to use as insecticide.

Ants inside brassicas

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 16:11

Yes should work against all ants.

What next after onions & garlic are harvested?

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 15:49

Note I said plant the bed with leeks. It would be too late to sow now - unless someone else knows otherwise?

my new allotment

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 14:59

Good for you - Happy Gardening.

Czar Plum Trees

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 14:57

No no no no - Please no!!! I was given a Czar Plum and told that it was a small tree - It turned into a 'monster' and the plums were pretty woolly. We did not even attempt to move it to this house, and it was only 3yrs old!! I have popped in a Mirabelle which has stayed shrubby as promised. You could try a greengage although I've found them slow growers. Dwarf Stock Trees are normally a safe bet, but I hesitate a little having seen your photo. Very tight space.

What next after onions & garlic are harvested?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 14:51

Yes I agree - Brassicas although I would pop plants in now as opposed to sowing unless you want early Spring Broccoli or cabbage, as I don't think that sowing now will mean that you can get a crop before Xmas. Remember the whole brassica family need a firm soil and if you have planted onions in a light soil, you may need a touch of top soil to anchor them in. You could follow the onion theme by planting half the bed with leeks and the other with late summer salad leaves as Mel M suggests. Either way there are tons of things you could still pop in.

Ants inside brassicas

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 14:37

Try spraying them with a biodynamic infusion of lavender. Just cut lavender stems (with or without flowers) up and put them in plastic bucket. Cover with Ranwater and leave in shade for 5 days. Filter and dilute concoction 1 part lavender to 3 parts water then spray brassicas. Job done.Broom would be stronger and is great against caterpillars (Same method of preperation) or Mint. I have just made a 'preperation' of Tansy this morning to repulse cabbage white caterpillars. Worked last year.

Another strange plant?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 14:31

Have you ever been to Paris? That is definately a Versailles Poppy, I have them in and amongst my vegetables to distract butterflies with their gentle waving, plus the leaves shade the lettuces. Absolutely stunning and I fling their seeds everywhere - Sheer joy.

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