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Parsnips

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 12:28

Have a very close look at the back of the affected leaves and check for tiny caterpillars.  I have them on mine (last year too) and they eat all of the green matter from below, leaving only the upper surface and veins. The leaves then dry and go crispy.  No-one seems sure of exactly which moth or sawfly is causing this - it may be an invader from the US and affects carrots, too.  I had to spray with an organic bug spray as the rate at which the damage spread was incredible.  There are threads about it on other forums:

http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/content/caterpillars-parsnip-foliage

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=109060.0

 

 

Feijoa

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 00:37

Whereabouts (roughly) do you live Johanna?  Most of the things I've read about Feijoa say the fruit only has a chance of maturing in the south of the UK, so if you are elsewhere I'd be tempted to leave it and just enjoy the flowers.  Being an evergreen means it might be risky to move it, but the time I'd attempt that would be in the Autumn.

A request or suggestion.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 00:20

Mike, click the little green arrow on the right hand side of a thread in the list and it will take you to the last page on that thread.  The latest post will be at the bottom, so you may need to scroll down.

All my gages have gone!

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 00:14

My money would still be on squirrels - they are after the kernel in the stone and won't be interested in the flesh, so ripeness is not a factor in their choice.  Their modus operandi is to collect and hoard food for the winter, so there are probably several 'larders' of gages buried nearby.  Just one squirrel took every single hazelnut from my tree in just 24h the Autumn before last;  They are extremely industrious once they set their mind to a task, the little b*ggers! 

Unknown Plant

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 18:38

They are also edible and have a slight peppery taste - nice addition to a salad.

Feijoa

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 14:55

Or being grown in a position without enough sun or shelter - they are a tropical plant after all.

cabbage plants

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 14:49

You only missed them by a couple of weeks LL - they're generally available up until about mid-July.

cabbage plants

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 13:55

Now would be ok if you can find plants as it's too late to grow them from seed - they do most of their growing at the same time as normal cabbages, but are resilient enough to survive through the winter.  If you manage to find some young plants, plant them deep, up to their bottom leaves, firm the ground well around the stem and keep them well watered otherwise they might bolt in this warm weather.

Feijoa

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 13:48

You're lucky to keep it alive Johanna - I've failed miserably to grow one from seed - they have always died on me over the first winter!

I think it will need a very sheltered position in full sun to fruit outside in the UK - against a south-facing wall would likely be your best bet.  I think they do well in conservatories.

Weed Identification

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 00:31

Does the second one have small white flowers?  If so, I wonder if it's garlic mustard (aka Jack-by-the-hedge), Alliaria petiolata?  Crush a leaf - if it smells a bit like garlic, then that's the one:

http://www.naturessecretlarder.co.uk/images/5/5318a493jack-by-the-hedge-garlic-leaves-jpg.jpg

 

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