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Black bugs

Posted: Yesterday at 20:46

They're pollen beetles, don't tend to do much harm. Seem to be, like black fly this year, LOADS of em!! Don't wear a bright green, orange or yellow t-shit, they seem to love those colours "-)

Wilting plants after transplanting

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 23:14

Were they fairly big?  It can depend on the plant as well as the size of the seedling. Also, did you grow them inside, to taking them outside after you potted them up? It's good to give seedlings time to 'harden off'. Just trying to think why they died, sorry for rambling.

reassurance needed

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 23:11

Still doesn't sound too severe - unless you only have 10 leaves...! I should imagine with your help today that the tree will recover. I don't know much about them tho, so am sure someone else will step in. Have you googled to see the best way to care for them? Give you more tips on watering and food etc.  Good luck!

reassurance needed

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 23:06

You don't mention it looking poorly, so I should imagine all will be fine

please help

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 23:04

Did you grow them from seed, or put the plants in 2 days ago? If it helps, sunflowers hate to be moved and if you did move them 2 days ago, it may just have been too hot? And yeah, they like a little bit of tough love with the soil quality, not too rich.

Problem neighbours

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 00:09

Yeah, it's not illegal to record folk in this country, without their consent. You can record, photograph, film anyone in a public area and I believe even publish it without consent.  If it's in the public's interest and you can prove that, you can still publish stuff that shows someone in a bad light.
- In someone's own garden, where they may be to expect privacy, then you may have more of a grey area. You can still record/photgraph etc them and not break any laws, it's what happens to the material if you ever need it, like at court. 
If the worst were ever to happen, like if he attacked you (not that I think he would!) then even in court, if you'd recorded the incident, then lawyers would fight out the use of the material as being in public interest etc can still override the fact that it was recorded without consent. It's down to the situation and the courts on the day.  There's no real hard and fast law over this.


Problem neighbours

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 23:40

Urm... he's a bit thick isn't he? Spraying everywhere to get rid of the flies, when the biggest source of attraction for flies is him himself.. well, they do like poop don't they? And sounds like he's the biggest pile...

Uh-um. Sorry, probably uncalled for but I am getting fed up with folk these days always doing what they please, without considering other people. My neighbour is the same.

He does sound nasty, so may be worth recording your conversation on your phone or something when you first talk to him. It's always worth it when you're not sure of the person you're approaching. Then if he loves his killer fido, perhaps you could mention that it's bad to spray when you've got pets? Does seem pointless tbh, spraying at all. A filter fill of flies is just doing it's job.

Best of luck...


Posted: 27/06/2015 at 09:16

Try a spray? I had loads, caked on thick on my runners at the allotment. Since I have no hose there, I couldn't blast them off with water, so I tried a slightly soapy spray. That method is normally ok, but it didn't work on such a number, so I went out and bought a bug killer.  It worked perfectly, cleared the lot and even tho some are slowly returning, it's a small enough amount to go back to soap.

Or you could wipe them off with your fingers. Not something I can bring myself to do, eww. Yep, am a wimp!

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 01:06

Top tips G.Magpie, and I shall try some ant powder tomorrow, thanks for that.
And don't worry, I've not told the pesticide police!

onion white rot

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 01:04

Sorry to hear that Barry... it's frustrating for sure. I'm not going to bother this winter, or any onions again at the allotment.  I've not checked the ones I've pulled out properly yet (other than throw away the obviously bad ones) but I think I lost about 2/3rds, possibly more.

Talking to an allotment friend, and she said she was told to boil up garlic and pour the solution onto the ground, the thinking is that the fungus comes up to the top and dies off - having nothing to settle on. I thought it sounded sweet, but a pile of rubbish tbh. Reading that it's a huge problem worldwide, am sure if the solution was that simple, we'd have little rot by now. Oh well, just thought I'd put it out there!

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