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what's this green fatty?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:06
fidgetbones wrote (see)

Angle shades moth caterpillar? maybe.

I think your are right FB.  I find these throughout the Winter, often hiding under ground-hugging foliage where they overwinter.

Camera Corner

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 22:01

Something a bit different this time, a picture of a star forming region known as the Cocoon nebula taken with my Canon 350D attached to my telescope:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/34057.jpg?width=241&height=350&mode=max

 This is the equivalent of approx. a 3 hour exposure (actually 38 five minute exposures combined by a process known as 'stacking'.) 

Leeks

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:31

It's possibly leek moth larvae.  Most sites say the caterpillars are green but Alys Fowler says creamy with brown head and legs.  Another possibility is Allium leaf miner.

Slippery decking

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 14:27

An alternative which works in some situations is to sprinkle sharp sand over the decking boards.  It isn't ideal but I use it on a sloping bit of a path made from decking as I've gone "ar*e over t*t"  a couple of times when carrying plants to the GH in the dark.

Shall I hack my Verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 12:24

Mine also never survive the Winter obelixx so I do the same as you and get the same result.  It means the new ones are quite late to flower but I don't mind that.

Lawnmower care

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 12:13

It might, but probably depends on make & model.  If you haven't got the manual, google might be able to find it for you.  If it's a fancy one with electric start, you should probably disconnect the battery before doing anything to avoid accidentally pressing/kicking the start button.

That's Monty done till March!

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 12:08

Hi James, Unfortunately I haven't got any recordings of the last few series of GW.  To be frank I don't enjoy it as much as I used to so I don't bother recording it anymore.

That's Monty done till March!

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 10:28

I've nearly a hundred recordings of various gardening programs on my PC going back to 2005 so I'm all set - having a freesat/freeview TV card in the computer is really handy!

Lawnmower care

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 10:21

Tipping it over on the lawn is one 'wrong way', just in case of petrol leaks.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 10:19

Morning all, just in for a cuppa after pulling miles of ivy from the surface of the long bed.  It's amazing how many 'runners' grow from the wild hedge at the back over a year (plus all of the new self-seeded ones of course.)

Still, at least it's done.  Last year I 'forgot' about it until the Spring and then I couldn't get it all out because of all the bulbs coming through which I didn't want to damage.

Right, now refreshed for stage two so out with the saw, sledgehammer and screwdriver!

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