Latest posts by Briggsy

to dig or do not disturb

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 10:34

I am with Verdun, I have used that technique in the past and it worked a treat.

One other technique if you are interested. Having moved house I was faced with a large area of grass/weeds which had once been cultivated but had long since returned to it's natural state. The winter was so wet I could not dig, so come the spring I laid out chitted potatoes in double rows and then turned a row of turf either side to cover the potato and the grass they were sitting on. The whole lot then got a layer of grass cuttings as a mulch.

I have to say it has worked a treat. I was not expecting much of a harvest from the spuds as there was no added compost or manure. However I'm getting a pretty respectable harvest of potatoes and the ground has started to break up with the growth of the potatoes. Once I have harvested I intend on planting a green manure over winter & next year the plot will be ready for planting a range of veg.

Which ever method you decide on.....good luck.

bumblebee nest

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 08:01

My money is on a badger, we have one that has dug up several bumble bee nests and a wasps nest. Unfortunatley for us the wasps nest is still pretty much in tact & they are re-buliding!

One bumble bee nest was in an old wall of loose bricks & one morning we got up to find bricks up to 8' away and a number very unhappy bees trying to rebuild on the surface. We have covered again & he has not come back. As Outdoor girl says, a bit of protection for the remaining nest is a good idea of you can.


Posted: 20/07/2013 at 14:35

I have a deep bed with very loose soil, no compost or muck before carrots and they still end up wierd shapes.

Taste over beauty is my approach so I don't worry about it.......

How can I get rid of this?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 12:11

Think you've forgotten the picture?

Hogweed in my meadow

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 08:10

Sorry to say, Charlie November has a point!

We have the full works here hogweed, knotweed and himilayan primrose. Happy days.

On top of this we have about an acre of what we would like to be meadow if it were not for the braken. Our plan is to get a good mower and cut cut cut. As someone says above, after a couple of years you'll loose the existing plants but the seeds will still be germinating for up to seven. After that it will be straglers drifting in which should be more manageable & you can let your meadow develope.

Seems like a long time to wait I know.

Sundays job for me is to de-flower all the hogweed in hard to reach places which has come up this year to at least stop more seeds. Those in open areas have been mowed.

Anyone any experience with DR field & brush mower

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 08:03

Thanks, we intend on tackling the bracken by cutting cutting cutting, so far it rewards us by coming back stronger, but it must weaken eventually. Musn't it?

Anyone any experience with DR field & brush mower

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:15


I have about an acre of rough ground to mow with some pretty steep slopes. Was looking at the DR field & brush mower as an option. We are fed up with 'pushing' our underpowered mowers up hill, too hot in this weather!

We have a braken problem and must keep cutting until we get the better of it (or it gets the better of us), after that I'm hoping to allow it to run to meadow with a few cuts a year.

Safer Brand Caterpillar Killer

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 14:47

Hi,I strongly suspect the majority are moth caterpillar, however I have already screened off the polytunnel doors with fine mesh. I have in fact only ever seen one moth inside the tunnel this year.

I had a small number of caterpillar last year, despite screens and so upgraded the system so the mesh is acutally on the door frames rather than hanging mesh. So night and day the gap is plugged. I'm all for prevention rather than reaching for a sprayer, just don't understand where they are all coming from.


Bog garden on the edge!?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 12:05

If you put in marginal plants they will be vey happy with wet fee. I have iris and marsh marigold in a bog garden and the iris are taller than me!

Also mint loves that kind of condition.

Safer Brand Caterpillar Killer

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 12:02


I do try and keep any pest control to a minimum, however for some reason this year I have many thousand caterpillars in my polytunnel. I was away on holiday for a week and came back to find the pea crop destroyed, they have nearly finished off the brassica and have moved onto the onions, making holes and then living in the safety and comfort of the leaves. I am picking off by hand as best I can & relocating to outside however I do need to protect some key crops.

I have two big parsley plants, give them a shake with a tray under and hundeds drop out every day! I don't understand where they are all coming from. The doors are netted to guard against this kind of thing!

There are so many, I don't think I will have an impact on the local population.

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