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Which netting /mesh for growing brassicas?

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 20:33

I had the same problem. but this year I used some fleece I had left from covering plants in winter. used my dads old black poles he gave me, and kind of draped it over , securing it with little tent pegs(don't know where I got those) and its worked!

brusells are growing happily.i did put a small jam jar with beer in which I buried, but only a couple of tiny slugs I found in it.

but I did find one tiny green caterpillar this morning.squased him!

my dad used my mums old net curtains fixed to his raised bed,very cheap,you might even find these at a charity shop.


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 10:52

gosh Mike that does sound like your having a terrible time of it at the moment, i really feel for you,you must feel so helpless with everything that's going on.

i think the feelings of "is that it" etc. are feelings that surely must be entirely natural at such a frightening time, you are questioning life itself, the meaning of it.

Im reading a biography of Tolsoy by a.n. Wilson, (sounds hard going but its very interesting and picked it up for 50p from the book farm) and altho he has just written war and peace, he is married, secure, wealthy, he is driving himself mad with worries of "is this it" everything he does, he thinks is pointless,as we are all going to die at the end of it all,he constantly worries that he will kill himself,even writing about it in anna karenin.

so even the biggest writers have the same worries as you have today! surely a sign of an intelligent person such as yourself.

whether in good health or bad. i guess what im trying to say, is it must be normal for these feelings,and they will not simply go away, you must learn what will work for you,and recognise they are thoughts, but intrusive ones.

counselling could help, and im sure being in your garden will bring some calm.

i wish you well through this difficult time x

Window sill - fly

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 10:42

yes, its in the compost.

I have the same problem with my indoor peppers.

I grow them on my bedroom window sill where they get the most sun as I don't have a green house.

I use the yellow fly trap stickers, hang them from the blind and this seems to do the trick, tho they are still around.

just be careful you don't get your hair stuck!!!




Posted: 25/06/2014 at 18:38

I doubt it. they are only supposed to last one season, they are annuals.wouldnt they be rather big too?!

Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 18:37

the dog poo !I remember when we didn't clean it up years and years ago. now we all carry little bags (only if we have dogs off course!)

when did this change? was there a new law?

I don't remember, but am old enough to remember us having a dog and not picking the poo up. how awful!! wouldn't dream of it now.

but cats are different, they don't go on leads.

I tried soaking tea bags in deep heat spray, then burying it where they poo. also anywhere they can hide,put them there.i have 2 ginger cats that come into my garden,but I do have a dog. she doesn't scare them off, theyre too bold, but they don't hang around for long either.

waiting with a water pistle sounds great, but a little difficult to do all day.

wish owners would put bells on all cats too,the ginger cats sit underneath my bird table waiting for the birds.

potato problem

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 18:30

thanks!! this site is great

potato problem

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 12:26

ah yes!!!

ive had a terrible problem with slugs.

we ate some last night and they were fine, if a bit small for duke of yorks.

do you think I should lift them or leave them?!

Love your garden back on TV tonight 8pm

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:39

ooh yes, I often think when monty is planting out stuff, how much did that cost?!!

and then he says "we" sowed these seeds earlier, who is "we"?!! does he have a team there?!

they should do a Jamie oliver style gardening programme for people on a budget, like he does cheap recipes.

potato problem

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 18:25

thanks, I think I will even if they are a bit smaller, another couple of weeks would've been nice, but better to have some than none!

Love your garden back on TV tonight 8pm

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 18:21

I don't think I will watch it.

last series every episode was an instant expensive garden for someone very deserving, then alan titchmarsh  showing them round and everyone crying.

it gets massive ratings !

I would like to see a gardening programme where they deal with nothing but problems and how to solve them.

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potato problem

wire worms? 
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problem with too large conifers 
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alternative to roses

what to plant instead of roses? 
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