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Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:11

You need to inspect and remove these sawfly larvae every day once you notice them - they are voracious and will completely defoliate the plants if left.  They are very, very good at hiding!

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:07

1) Pick all of the fruit for the kitchen when it is at its best (note: an in-situ taste test is mandatory!)

2) After delivering the harvest to the kitchen, return to the garden and commence weeding between all of the soft fruit plants, trees and bushes etc.

3) All of the fruit you now find and must have missed earlier must be consumed immediately and under no circumstances returned to the kitchen.

Oh dear.....I think I may have made a mistake!!!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:53

It's hard to tell as there are hundreds of mallows!  As it looks like it's about to flower, it probably won't grow too much bigger this year and if it's an annual variety (likely) that'll be it.  The flowers can be very variable on the annuals - I had a lovely one from seed a few years ago:

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apple tree

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:46

If it is the only apple tree you have and there are no others in nearby gardens, the best thing to do is get another as crops are always better with cross-pollination, even if the tree is labelled as self-pollinating.  Do get one of the same flowering group though - you can look that up as long as you know the name of the variety you already have.

On dwarf trees where you can reach the blossom, you can gain extra insurance by using a small soft brush to hand-pollinate all of the flowers.

Oh dear.....I think I may have made a mistake!!!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:41

Yep, looks like it to me too.  Defo a Malva.

Butterflies

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:43
Edd wrote (see)

For some reason my (" )quote is not working any more.

"Nut, do you have a special way of attracting moths for a moth count?

 I read about old socks dipped in a mixture of red wine and sugar but it seemed a waste of red wine."

Is this true FB???

 

SOUNDS MORE LIKE A FLY TRAP?

 

Edd, the quote feature has gone wonky.  However, I discovered by accident a few days ago that if you click quote twice (so it says 'unquote') then it works - proof above!

Kale & Beans

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:39

Usually about 1.5x1.5m fidget, so small enough to reach in to the centre.  I agree it would be a bit of a tangle on anything larger!

Beetroot

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:17

Also don't feed too much nitrogen which will promote leaf growth at the expense of the stem swelling (applies to kohl rabbi and swedes too, which are also technically swollen stems.)

Edit: just double-checked - beetroot is actually classed as a swollen root but most of that grows above the ground.

Weed Control and Ground Covering

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:09

It's not very good for soil health though, particularly worms, who's numbers will plummet.  A better method is to mulch with compost (not one which contains weed seeds though, so commercial stuff is best to keep weed-free) or chipped bark.

If you do go for the fabric, lay a good 4 inches of compost down first to help keep the worms happy (IMO they are vital if you have heavy soil.)

leeks

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 14:02

It's a too late to sow them now, but it's the normal time for planting out young plants started in feb/march (they are often used to follow 1st early potatoes.)  Doesn't really help for this year unless you can get hold of some young plants, but might help in planning for next year?

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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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