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Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:46

I always grow about 6-10 varieties and Cristal is always one of them as it is very reliable no matter what the conditions.  I wouldn't say it particularly outstanding regards taste (but still a million times better than anything in the shops!)  It is a very attractive fruit though and the flesh is deep red all the way though so looks particularly attractive in salads.


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:40

Kestrel have done best for me out of the 5 varieties I grew.  A bit smaller than usual (probably due to the hot, dry weather) but plenty of them and they have not been attacked by keeled slugs which are a big problem in my clay soil.

What's been eating my shrubs?

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:30

Provado vine weevil killer 2 contains thiacloprid.  A safer and bee-friendly alternative are Nemasys vine weevil nematodes - usually about 8 to 10 quid for enough for 160 pots or 12sq metres.

Problem with editing posts

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 18:22
Dovefromabove wrote (see)
GillyL wrote (see)

Been like this for me for several days Dove.

Shows how often I 'edit' 

You mean you can proof-read your own stuff before posting?  A useful skill!
I usually end up editing as I try and touchtype but this keyboard cabn be a bit temperamental (see what i mean!)  Yep, been like it for a while.

Garden Pests

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 20:23

Maybe a fox was burying (or retrieving) a dead chicken and came upon the spuds by accident?  They are omnivores so might have had a chew on the spuds before rejecting them.  This is where one of those automatic wildlife cameras would come in handy!

Garden Pests

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 17:37

Almost certainly squirrels for the sweetcorn, James, but I'm not sure they go for potatoes.  Could that be badgers?  Neither can be easily controlled unfortunately.

Red Spider Mite

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 17:27

Having used that predator mite (ie Phytoseiulus persimilis) myself, I can confirm it works.  It's really the only way of completely eradicating red spider mite from a conservatory as they have evolved to be immune to the sort of pesticides we gardeners have available.  SB plant invigorator (which doesn't contain pesticide) will also help to control them by sort of glueing them in place.  In fact, many of the predator suppliers will recommend that you use that a couple of weeks before you introduce the phtyoseiulus.  Not cheap, but they do exactly as it says on the tin (or small plastic bottle in this case!)

honey fungus

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 17:14

Interestingly, the mass of tangled threads they can produce which are sometimes found in compost heaps or piles of leaves are bioluminescent and were (allegedly) used as a form of lighting in times of old.  The mushrooms themselves apparently glow weakly in the dark too (although I've never noticed as my garden is polluted with light from streetlamps. )

honey fungus

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 14:34

I also have to live with honey fungus and regularly find the odd 'bootlace' running just under the soil, almost anywhere in the garden (you get to recognise them after a while.)  Although I lost an acer to it last year, overall losses are few and it doesn't stop me growing anything.  I used to have a lot of felled tree trunk arranged around the sides of raised beds but have now gotten rid of most of that as dead wood in contact with the soil is essential to honey fungus as it acts as a home for it.  I would say getting rid of all dead stumps and tree roots is the best thing anyone can do to try and combat this fungus.

Aftercare of geums

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 14:17

I grew about 20 blazing sunset from seed but found they are relatively short lived in my garden (clay, emids) and most have now gone after about 5/6 years.  Planted in a variety of aspects.  While they were alive they all flowered wonderfully though and regular dead-heading was the key to that I think.  I think I'll grow another batch next Spring as they are lovely plants even if they are short-lived for me.

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