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Something eating my Cecile Brunner

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 15:44

Thanks - am off to the garden centre now!

Something eating my Cecile Brunner

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 09:56

does anyone know if sawfly also like Solomons Seal?  Similar damage to rose.  Also any recommendations for a, preferably organic, spray?  Definately too many to squish.  Mind you, they might get washed off with the amount of rain we've got right now!

Something eating my Cecile Brunner

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 09:53

Thanks, although not sure I could cope with squishing - bad enough doing the blackfly on the broad beans yesterday!!

Something eating my Cecile Brunner

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 16:08

Every year my climbing Cecile Brunner starts off flowering beautifully.  After a couple of weeks it is decimated by some kind of bug which strips all the leaves.  You can even see hundreds of caterpillars on the leaves if you look closely.  Any ideas on what and how to treat gratefully received!

monty don

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 17:57

AND ANOTHER THING - goodness, I never post on these things, but am obviously fired up!!  Yes, MD has got a big greenhouse and yes I do have greenhouse/coldframe/garden envy in a big way but Mr T had all these and was totallyhonest - you have to fit a TV crew and camera in as well as plants!  By the way....if you want 'down to earth'/back to the soil and other such nonsensical stuff - has anyone seen 'Beechgrove Garden'....bliss!!

monty don

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 17:53

Why oh why is there so much 'bitching' about GW - we should all be moaning about the fact that snooker, tennis, the royals giving birth.....etc. etc. in fact everything seems to take precedence to our beloved GW!  I wrote to the BBC last week complaining and just got told that they have to take everyones needs into account - what about what we should be doing over a bank holiday weekend in the garden - totally irrelevant!! 

Monty, I for one DO hope you are reading this because I think you are great, you are very honest about your successes and failures and, although I am green with envy at the sheer size of your garden, the probable money you earn to enable you to buy all those raised beds without having to ask for every Xmas, birthday and anniversary for the foreseeable future; I still think you present well and do give us what we need to make the most of our garden - just don't bring the dreadful Boden R Us Sarah Raven back and you are totally perfect.....!

Talkback: Garden foxes

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 17:16
Foxes are vermin in an urban environment NOT 'cutesy' wildlife. They destroy everything - my 7 year old daughter's garden has been turned into a fox latrine and her playhouse raided for the plastic food. She also lost a pair of boots left out. One wellie later recovered chewed to pieces!! I had an old apple tree dug out and then had to returf - four times before I could stop them digging large holes!! I dont' believe there is a deterrent that works (being female the urination trick doesn't work) Frankly, right now I am quite tempted by a friends offer of a rifle!!!! I do think that they should be treated as vermin, in the same way as rats and squirrels, by councils. I quite understand jatnikapyar's comments that their 'areas' are being encroached upon, but ours is a 1920's house, so not recent by any means. They are breeding out of control and numbers need reducing, preferably starting with my house! Oh dear, I fear I am ranting!

Tomato growing tips

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 15:27

Oh well, the med would have been nice!

Tomato growing tips

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 18:03

Have had really bad blight on the allotment three years in a row on both potatoes and tomatoes.  Have abandoned potatoes forever, but this year grew the tomatoes (Alicante in the greenhouse and Gardeners Delight outside in pots and in raised beds).  Alicante got it late on and I have to say the flavour wasn't anything special - think perhaps lack of any sunshine until it was too late.  Outside the GDs all got blight, however I literally hacked and burned anything that seemed even remotely suspect and got a pretty good crop - enough to freeze, sauce and chutney, but so late that really the fresh ones were not tremendous.  Poss my fault for growing the 'old favourites'?  Time I tried something new I guess.  I did plant some Tumbling tom red in hanging baskets and they were not bad, although again got the dreaded lurgy mid summer.  This is so tough on new gardeners - I so wish that there was a decent treatment short of moving to the mediterranean!

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 21:32

Not the poundshop, but CostCo, the US cash and carry store have the most amazing offers on fruit trees and bushes, bulbs and perennials.  All really good quality plants for excellent prices.  OK, nothing glamorous but for basic garden stocking on a budget - fantastic!!  Poundshop bulbs are OK if you buy early enough, everything else seems to be rather too much hard work and spending more in food and bug killer than the original costprice!

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