Latest posts by bookmonster

Rocket seedlings

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 19:41

I'd suspect slugs, I don't find a trail, but my beer trap catches at least half a dozen a night...

walking/tree onions

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 19:38

Just got my first walking/tree onion bulbils to plant, well excited! Anyone else tried growing these?


Posted: 03/08/2017 at 19:37

Anyone else at war with the slimy ones? My dwarf runner beans are so rambling the copper tape is achieving nothing (I caught a pair climbing up a spring onion to get to the beans), the poor plants are nearly stripped of leaves.

I have started setting a beer trap in the middle of the bean patch - would several round the edges be better when I can collect more milk bottles? What's the cheapest thing to fill them with?

 Any assistance welcome! (don't really want to use chemicals).

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.

Discussions started by bookmonster

wool pellets

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Arg, slugs again

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white flecks

Windowsill Herbs 
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self watering herbs?

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Last Post: 12/08/2017 at 11:54

slug pubs

how not to catch spiders 
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Last Post: 12/08/2017 at 17:19

walking/tree onions

Well excited! 
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Last Post: 09/08/2017 at 20:04

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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