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Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 16:01


Caterpillar ID

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:59
These caterpillars are very distinctive but I'm having no joy with caterpillar ID sites. Any ideas?

New veg for raised bed

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:54
It's not too late for carrots, I may put a late crop in when the shallots come up. Beetroot could also be planted now.

Grey Squirrel

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 15:51
Whilst I'm a big advocate of protecting red squirrels, living no where near any myself the main problem we have with the greys in our garden is that they eat such a lot of the bird seed, and when theyr'e there the birds don't get a look in. We're trying chilli pepper in the seed today to see if that works as an uncomfortable but harmless way of dissuading them.

Veg seeds to sow now...

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 19:57
I've just sown some chard, spinach and white lisbon spring onions to overwinter. We've had a couple of good crops from some I overwintered last year, so I'm starting them off earlier this year as I have a gap. I may stick some more carrots in when my shallots come up, or just leave the ones planted between the shallots to get bigger. They're little round ones, I can't remember the variety off the top of my head.

winter veg prep

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 08:08

What sort of winter veg are you planning to grow?

spring onions

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 08:06

Where have you sown them? I've germinated white lisbon on a sunny windowsill last year and in a plastic mini greenhouse this year and both times they've come up fairly quickly, though they can take a while to reach edible size.

Poorly Pear Tree

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:48

Thanks, first opportunity I get I'll remove affected leaves, and give it a dose of seaweed extract.

Poorly Pear Tree

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 18:45

Thanks! The pictures are pretty big, if you click on them they should open up. All we've used this year in terms of compost is soil improver (composted garden waste) with a handful of chicken manure, with a fairly thin mulch of all purpose (peat free) compost. It doesn't look like the pictures I've found of rust - what's leaf curl?

Poorly Pear Tree

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 14:48

We planted two trained fruit trees in February, a double cordon conference pear and an espalier howgate wonder apple. They're in clay soil that we've been improving for a year and a half, and east facing so get plenty of sun. We've given them a good water when the weather has been dry, and they've not been waterlogged.

As the pear leaves have opened, brown patches have developed at the edges of the leaves. I've attached some photos- there are small circular organgey spots,and browing at the edge of some leaves. A few leaves have gone totally brown. Is this a pest, a disease, or a cultural problem like a mineral deficiency?




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