Latest posts by Briggsy

Plumb tree disaster.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 12:25

Hi, just been outside and found our big plumb tree split near clean in two.

There has been a large crack for some time, however we have now lost a full side of the tree, the split is about 3' up the trunk and not clean.

Can anyone suggest the best way to proceed, obvisously we will need to cut this branch off now (and loose the healthy crop it was growing), is there anything we should be using to treat the exposed wood?


White fly

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 12:22

They seriously outnumber the aphids probably 100 to 1, and the ladybird larvae seem to find them attractive so I don't think so, but will get the magnifiying glass out to be certain.

How to tame the wilderness!

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 12:12

Thanks Bookertoo, not looking to go down the chemical road, so hard work looks like the only option. I'm sure once I get going it will all become clearer, however at the moment it all just looks scary due to the sheer volume!

White fly

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 10:38

Are there more than one type of white fly.

I have a heavy infestation in my polytunnel of small white flies. They do not however fit in to the description often given. i.e. they do not all jump up in a cloud if i shake the leaves, they just sit there doing nothing!

Are these some other kind of pest - either way they're a right pain, I've never experienced such a heavy infestation as I've got this year - aphids and white fly.

Don't want to use chemicals, espically under cover where there is no rain, so am trying ladybird larvae, but the've got a lot of work to do if theyre going to make much of an impact.

How to tame the wilderness!

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 10:33

Hi all, I'm looking for some help from anyone with experience of bringing flower beds back from neglect.

I have inhereited a large area (and I do mean several hunderd square feet) of borders which 7-8 years ago would probably have won prizes. They are full of trees, shrubs, perenials, hundreds of spring bulbs etc.

Unfortunately they are also heavily infested with nettles, docks, hogweed, ground elder, a lot of grasses have encrouched and I am sure a whole lot more invasive things I have not yet spotted.

I have come to the conclusion that the only way to deal with the situation is to take small sections and dig them up, replacing bulbs/perernials as I go and reducing trees and shrubs back to a sensible size.

My question is, can anyone think of an easier way, or if not, when is a good time to take this on? Any tips would be gratefully received.

Continuation of slugs

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 16:20

I stopped using the organic slug pellets as having noticed that they disapperared at far too fast a rate for slugs alone I started keeping a watch. Squirrels, small birds, large birds (including a particularly stupid pheasant), and frogs all seemed to think they were an interesting snack. They are not supposed to harm other animals but they can't be good for them!

In the garden at large I don't worry however in the veg patch it's another matter. I find the only thing that really has an impact is manual collection. I pop them into a pot of neat vinegar. Kills them in seconds (helps the concience) and there are no nasty smells to worry about!

Marigolds do seem to act as a draw thus making the blighters easier to collect.

We may win the battle but you can count on it that they will win the war!

The light fingered kohl rabi thief.

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 22:19

I think foxes are messy eaters & this culprit has been extremely neat and tidy. I'm beginnng to suspect squirrels.

The leaves have been carefully removed and left in-situ, the rest has been carted off!

The light fingered kohl rabi thief.

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 17:59

I have (had) a patch of kohl rabi growing in my polytunnel 1 - 3 " in diameter. Due to the wet nature of our local climate I choose ventilation over temperature and only close the doors at night on very cold nights.

Last night a very careful thief entered the tunnel and has taken the kohl rabi not touching anything else. Carrots, beets, sprouts, onions, garlic, cabbage & radish were all ignored. There is no scratching or digging evident on the soil, no footprints, the curtain of agri fleece unruffled. The leaves have been left behind, however there is no debris other debris, the globes have vanished without a trace not even a dimple where they were rooted in the ground.

We do have badgers come into the garden digging big holes in the grass & helping themselves to my jerusalem artichokes, however I would have expected evidence of them, some impression in the soil.

There is a mouse hole nearby, could they have carted them off whole?

Anyone with any ideas would be appreiciated. I have closed the doors tonight!

How to remove grass from established border

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 14:02

Thanks, that seems like a sensible suggestion. Timing may be tricky with snow drops to bluebells taking me from early Feb to late May, however I will just have to be selective and if it looks like a patchwork quilt for a while, so be it.

How to remove grass from established border

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 13:36

I suspected that would be the case, unfortunatly for me there is about 100 sq. metres of ground to cover!

I did use vinegar on the patio this year as a weedkiller as I am not to fond of chemicals. It worked a treat on everything including horsetail!

I may try a test area with only grass growing & see if this has any impact. Otherwise I will just have to set aside an hour a day once the bulbs are over & get stuck in! I will probably loose some of the the late appearing perenials in the process, but something has to be done.

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