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Wasps eating cosmos ?

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 19:19

The stems were partly cut through about 3 inches up, didn't look like what you'd expect from slug damage. The sap must be sweet, there were groups of wasps feeding on it.


Posted: 23/09/2013 at 13:49

These kinds of things are more of an art than a science, though "submerge, leave a few weeks then 10:1 dilution" shold be close enough to start experimenting with.

Buying the right tool

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 13:44

There are a few decent brands out there but you need to see how they fit in your hand and feel. If the ergonomics is wrong they won't be nice to use.

Anyone had success with growing clover ?

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 13:36

I set aside a small area to grow some white clover for the bee-friendly flowers, and partly for soil improvement. Sown in Spring but didn't actually get many flowers at all just lots of large green leaves.

Should I dig it in yet, and would it be better to try an autumn sowing now ?

Wasps eating cosmos ?

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 13:21

I have a number of white cosmos, up to about 4ft tall and flowering. But then they all started keeling over - looked like something had eaten through the main stem. Also noticed that there were groups of wasps on the fallen plants, looked like they were eating it.

I didn't know wasps did this, and is there any way to prevent it in future ?


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 17:40

The soil was a mix of compost and soil from the ground, so can't work it out at all. Seems like it will remain a mystery.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 16:25

The variety is Rooster. The soil, grown in barrels was more dry than wet and heavy. The pototoes looked almost perfect except close up the dots of white mould on the skin. The taste wasn't just a bit bland or off it was downright "chewing on a rotten piece of wood" taste. This is what I don't understand, they looked so clean and nice. They were peeled and cooked the day I took them up, so no time in storage. Never had anything like it with home growns.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 11:58

Tipped out a couple of barrels of spuds last week, they looked good - clean, dry, no slugs or other visible damage. Peeled and cooked a panful, and YUK. Very strong fusty/mouldy taste.  On closer inspection of some of the remaining potatoes there seem to be tiny white mould specks on the skin, would that be enough to spoil the taste, even when peeled ?

solitary bees

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 09:42

Looks like a bumblebee ? Very nice anyway.

Clay soil and boggy lawn

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 18:36

It's not going to happen overnight, but instead of a boggy lawn you could have some lovely fertile veg or flower beds with paths if needed for access. Take up the turf and lay it out of the way in a pile face down (it will turn into good soil) Then, dig in some gravel, make raised beds, add leaf mould and compost and plant up.



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Anyone had success with growing clover ?

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Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

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Overwintered failures

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Broad beans again

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Watterlogged soil, everything rotting

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Holes in soil

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Have any of you tried straw as a winter mulch ?

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Ideas for some instant Autumn colour please

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Is there anything that can go in now for an autumn crop ?

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Does everyone know about the rhs plant finder ?

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