blighty mam

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Off with their heads! Runner beans

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 15:11

Maybe, am not 100% on that tho because of the way they've been removed, clean off. The more I read around the ol' interweb, the more it sounds like sparrows and I have watched a sparrow darting in and out for the two hours I was at the allotment, so it's possible that it's made a point of going there.  
I have about 30 plants on wigwams, and just two full-grown beans, underneath. If I lose more I will net it, but so birds can't get in and that way I will know for sure. Will make sure there's no gaps at all.

You may have seen parts of this before?

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 00:36

Urm.... just tell the school.... NO! Grins. You're not their pupil, what they going to do if you refuse - give you a detention or 100 lines?

Off with their heads! Runner beans

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 00:31

Thanks for your reply Tetley, and yes, enough water - watered them well every day. I have also been feeding them. I have always watered my veggies & flowers well, seems pointless to do all that prep, seeding and then to let them down with lack of basic care!

Can't tell from the pic so well, but its like the stems have been snapped off.  Does lack of water do that? I am no expert, clearly, but wondering if they be more shriveled through lack of water? A lot of the flowers that are off are, or were, very healthy looking flowers and lovely green, firm stems.

Off with their heads! Runner beans

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 22:06

 Please forgive the slightly rubbish pic, took it tonight at the allotment with my phone, just as it was getting dark with rain.

I noticed I've been losing some flowers recently, but seems to be getting more frequent now. The flowers are being chewed clean off at the stalk and left on the ground.  Anyone know what it is? I suspect birds, but someone at the allotment thought it may be bees - am not sure about that tho so thought if nobody minds, I'd ask you fab lot! Anyone had this happen to them and got to the bottom of things?

If it's birds (I have seen a sparrow weaving in and out of them a week or so ago) should I net it? Be a pain to pick later tho, as they are all growing up a wigwam.



Posted: 12/07/2015 at 01:38

Yeah, they like to deadhead flowers for sure - I've noticed that they take the heads off gazania's, just for fun and leave them there without eating. They did the same to two young acers, just ripped the leaves off, jumping up and down madly.

I do like squirrels a lot, we rescued one once so since they've had a soft spot. If you put food out for them, be it nuts or birdseed, you'll probably have safer plants for a  while, but probably get more squirrels and create another problem.  We fed one squirrel in the old house, and within the year, we had 6 more regulars and then their babies... easy food means they will stick around.

I eventually found putting powdered chilli around my fav plants worked, they don't like chilli at all whereas birds don't mind it. Only works tho if it doesn't rain but they soon got the message and left the plant alone even without chilli.


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 10:01

Trying to grow them myself this year at the allotment, everyone tells me cauliflowers fail all the time, so been reading and trying to do everything right. They like firm soil, a fair bit of water and are heavy feeders - feeding once a week. All of these things when they go wrong can cause bolting, which is what it sounds like you've got.

Ugly spots on my tomato plant

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 14:43

I don't know my fungus, but wondering if you'd watered/fed the plant in the sunshine? Could be where the water/food splashed on the leaves. Am just guessing here tho!

Heavy rain

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 14:42

Ahhh, gardeners... the only people who wish for rain in British summertime!!! Grins. A fair bit of rain here and wind too, but not much damage. Wish it was a sunnier summer myself, I'd happily just water everything myself if it meant I could have some warm, hazy days

Dove, I hope your mate in Kernow is ok?

Black bugs

Posted: 06/07/2015 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.

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