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Small onions.

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 14:28

Have you improved the soil too? I started with heavy clay and each year if I can I chuck a load of compost or rotted manure or soil improver on, plus pelleted chicken manure for nutrients.

wool pellets

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 14:23

Thanks to all who recommended wool pellet mulch, my seedlings are surviving so far. Where do you get them from and how thick do you lay them? I find they don't go very far.

Arg, slugs again

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 16:22

I know what you mean herbaceous with the traps. Just ordered some more copper tape and some wool pellets. A snail got past my copper tape and sandpaper coldframe defences... Copper taped my walking onions that have just gone out, fingers crossed...

Arg, slugs again

Posted: 03/09/2017 at 08:40

Bearing in mind I was catching more than half a dozen a day in a beer trap, their numbers weren't slowing and I was still getting damage I don't hold out much hope for night time raids!

Arg, slugs again

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 21:36

I"LL have to look out for wool pellets and make a garlic spray. Reluctant to try nematodes when I just have a small 6 foot by 3 veg patch 

Arg, slugs again

Posted: 02/09/2017 at 19:43

Having lost all my kohlrabi (despite copper tape) and white beetroot to slugs this year and had extensive damage to my runner beans, I filled the gaps with mustard greens and spring onions, and chard. Some of the chard survives, plus one lonely mustard seedling and one lonely spring onion.

I plan to restart them but keep them indoors for longer - anyone got tried and tested slug protection strategies? I understood they didn't find mustard greens appetising... I tried sharp sand round some of the mustard greens, which seems not to have been effective. 

white flecks

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 21:44

My windowsill herbs have developed these white flecks, paler patches of leaf rather htan a fungus or anything. I've just installed a self watering thingy and repotted them. Any  more tips? Normally i'm the sort who can kill a cactus indoors but I keep herbs for my food blog garnishes.

self watering herbs?

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 11:54

Ha ha! Found a thing with capillary matting and a reservoir that should help if I pot them up.

slug pubs

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 10:48

There seems to be no easy answer, I don't want to stop growing beans!

slug pubs

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 10:48

Oh dear! I have been emptying htem in the morning which helps, but I can't get there as soon as it's light. 

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wool pellets

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white flecks

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slug pubs

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walking/tree onions

Well excited! 
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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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