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Posted: 27/08/2013 at 09:04

The knowledgeable Italophile has suggested the use of DiPel in controlling tomato caterpillars. However, search as I might, the only suppliers I can find are in The USA. The problems are twofold. a) It is only sold in large quantities b) American suppliers will not ship to the UK (I suspect transportation costs would be prohibitive if they did)

Can anyone suggest a UK supplier for a domestic gardener, or even an alternative trade name which is available.

I suspect any advice will be keenly followed by a lot of viewers.



Posted: 18/08/2013 at 11:27

Yes  Daintiness. You were right. I didn't know such things existed. On examination I found a number of caterpillers on the lower leaves. They match those described on the internet. Now, what the devil do I do about them. Are you getting bored with my constant problems Italophile..LOL


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 09:54

Last year I lost my whole greenhouse tomato crop to late blight. This year we are doing great until............little holes, about 1mm Dia are being bored into the unripened tomatos.

I can't catch or trace a culprit.  Any ideas on what it could be please.


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 11:45

Marigolds everytime. Never fails to deter the little devils. Plant them throughout my veg plot too, every third plant. I only grow one in a pot in a 8' x 6' greenhouse so that I can move it to the doorway to encourage pollinating insects.


Posted: 18/07/2013 at 11:29

Sorry, can't resist this. Contact Jasper Carrot


Posted: 22/01/2013 at 09:26

Well, thankyou all so much for your help. Strangely it is my decoration in my shower room. However, I am inclined to think I perhaps underwater. Thankyou for the feed info Dove. I wonder how you realised I forgot to include that question,


Posted: 22/01/2013 at 06:10

My plant survives, indeed  I expect it to flourish after repotting it. However, it suffers unsightly brown tips to the leaves. I trim with sharp scissors and only water half a cup per month. Any ideas please on cause, prevention and cure. Thanks in anticipation.

Failed Leeks

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 07:56

I agree Dove. However, I'm low experience and hes an old hand. I told him much the same as you.  He asked me to get confirmation here. Thanx for the backup. 

Failed Leeks

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 04:14

Could anyone suggest why my friends leeks lived but failed to develop. Lives in the same town as I do but mine were tremendous. He grew in a raised bed in approx 9" of spent compost but no fertiliser. I grew in the soil with dug in spent greenhouse compost and lightly dressed with farmyard manure, We both puddled young plants in quite deeply in late June. Many thanks in anticipation.


Posted: 03/12/2012 at 13:06

Thanks Sue. Wondering how your neighbour finds them in the snow !!  Thanks Onion. Just knew I could rely on a fellow countryman to advise me on leeks.

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