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Friend or foe?

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 21:11

Yay! I suspect the ants are out to protect the blackfly but hey, good luck ladybirds. Benefits of organic gardening...

Friend or foe?

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 20:51

The blackfly infestation on my apple tree has been joined by these caterpillars, can anyone ID them?


Posted: 08/06/2017 at 15:49

Interesting, I was told they were ready by someone else so pulled the ones that had keeled over naturally, I'll leave the rest til they are both keeled over and brown. Will the ones I've pulled be ok? They're in a cardboard box, foliage slowly going brown, and will be eaten over the next few eeks.


Posted: 26/05/2017 at 16:14


Posted: 26/05/2017 at 16:12

One variety (the back half) of my overwintered onions have keeled over. Does this mean they will be ready soon? I presume it's been brought about by the hot weather. I was going to take up half as spring onions to make room for my beans but my beans may have to be patient...


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 15:20

Thanks! They've been hardening out, so I'll get batch 1 or part of it in the soil today, and batch 2 in the coldframe, and dig out the netting

Pruning Winter Jasmine

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:47

turned out to be both a forsythia and a winter jasmine. The forsythia is gone, we've got an obelisk for the winter jasmine.


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:42

Kohlrabi seems to be what's germinating this year. Any tips? How pest resistant is it? And how quickly does it mature? How hardy? I'm planning to plant out the first lot this weekend or later in the week (In York, last frost date about now. 

Swiss Chard

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:37

:) Just get this year's lot sown! I must remember to pull up another plant or two here as they've started bolting. I grow fordhook giant chard, once made sag dal with 1.5 leaves...


Posted: 13/05/2017 at 09:35

I planted two types of onion sets last year, some red ones, and some white ones that can be eaten as spring onions as i'll need the space for my beans. The white ones are much fatter - can all onions be eaten as spring onions, and just some are marketed that way, or is it better to stick to the way they were sold? 

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Friend or foe?

What are these caterpillars? 
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Are they nearly there? 
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any tips? 
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eating them green 
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Pruning Winter Jasmine

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Composting Cardboard

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first apple harvest!

Storage advice needed 
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you know what I'm going to say... 
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Apple Harvesting

Howgate wonders 
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What is this?

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fruit tree protection

fruit tree novice! 
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What to do with the results 
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Plant Ideas Needed

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Allium questions

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any other arachnaphobes out there?

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