Latest posts by Briggsy

Unhappy fir tree.

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 10:51

Can anyone make any suggestion on what might be troubling this fir tree.

It was fine going into the winter but is now developing dead patches from top to bottom mainly on it's west and north sides.

The tree is 30 foot plus and has been around for many decades.



Subterranean activity in the polytunnel.

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 19:33

Nice thought, but I suspect he would cause havoc amongst the veg!

Growing cabbage

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 15:41


You may find the time of year you are sowing/growing is against you.

I get my seedlings going in August, the plants are then big enough to overwinter & will romp away in the spring at a time when slugs are few and far between (hopefully). By the time the slug population gets going you will have harvested most of them.

I found spring sown cabbages just become slug hotels!

Using this method, you also will not have the problem of them running to seed as this will not happen so early in the year.

Hope this helps.

Subterranean activity in the polytunnel.

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 14:45

With a rat trap of course (or a metal cage trap which I happen to have from trapping a squirrel some time back. he had moved into the attic!).

Who said anything about killing it! I'm too soft for that kind of thing.

Subterranean activity in the polytunnel.

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 13:26

Could be.

I would be expecting to find rat droppings if it were rats as they are large & easy to spot.

I can see the advantages of living under the tunnel where is is relatively warm and dry.

Perhaps I'll try and catch one of the little blighters to be sure.


Subterranean activity in the polytunnel.

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 12:22

Thanks all,

Have just come in from tunnel to check the size of the holes - some are broom handle size, some bigger just to confuse.

Stopped to pick slugs out of the cabbages, I remember hearing someone refer to cabbages as slug hotels- they were not wrong!

I will be planting new potato in the polytunnel on the weekend - if rats are that keen on them, I should get me answer pretty quickly!

Something has definitely been nibbling the oca!

Subterranean activity in the polytunnel.

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 10:45

Yikes, what do I do?

Swiss Chard

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 10:23

I have never had any trouble transplanting chard. They tend to sit for a week doing nothing, then their off an there's no stopping them!

Subterranean activity in the polytunnel.

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 10:17

Would rats not be helping themselves to produce?

Spawn 2014

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 09:54

Yup - South Wales, first frogspawn appeared about a week ago. Now we have mountains of the stuff!

Love the frogs, but they are a swine when it comes to mowing in late summer - I have to stop every two minutes and move one or two out of the way!

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