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What's bitten a hole in my French bean seed/

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 21:27

Hi David

thanks - although looking at the web it's definitely Delia Platura that's done this which is a fly.  It lays its eggs in the compost and the larvae do the damage. So I'm going to try an all rounder nematode to see whether it sorts the little blighters out. Where's my swatter....  !


What's bitten a hole in my French bean seed/

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 15:43

Hi everyone

I've recently put French bean seeds into individual pots to germinate and grow on ready for when the risk of frost has passed.  However, a number of them germinated with a hole clearly bitten through the seed  - about 1mm in diameter.  Some of the affected seeds had lost the 'leader' but had fought back by surviving and had already started to sprout side leaves - sort of naturally stopped if that makes sense.  

Searching the web for images has shown that this was caused by Delia Platura, the Seedcorn magot of the Bean seed fly.

Has anyone else had much experience of this pest - I'd never heard of it before and was about ready to send my seeds back to the manufacturer!

Would a broad spectrum nematode work against it as I really dislike the idea of using insecticides but equally don't want to see my crops wiped out?


Daisy Jane 

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 20:46

And I know now!  I'm not really a daisy either! 

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 19:32

Thanks Bob - I think I'll definately put the brassicas in the flat bed.  I may put a couple in a raised bed if I find I have enough space as a sort of controlled experiment.  I'll stake the ones in the raised bed rather than treading them in and see what, if any, difference I find.

Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 17:45

Thanks for your reply Matty - I'm just very confused by all the articles that say you never walk or firm down on a raised bed.  So it's pretty contradictory to then put in brassicas that need exactly that treatment!

I'll think I'll stick to putting them in my flat, traditional bed and keep the raised beds for other veg groups.

I'm still keen on hearing other people's experience though please!

What Would You Do Next?

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:37

Hello - grow what you love to eat and what isn't cheap as chips in shops already.  For example - garlic is easy to grow, really useful and you'll get your money back in no time.  You can plant it in the spring and autumn so it's just the right time now.  French beans and runners are great too and you can freeze any surplus.

Also, if you can be bothered to take a layer of soil out temporarily, you can always put some of your own compost that's not ready yet underneath then put your soil back on top of it (don't mix it - leave it as a layer) - by the time your veg roots have reached down it will have rotted nicely.


Brussels in raised beds

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:29

Hello all

We're busy putting in three raised beds plus creating a traditional flat bed area for growing our own veg.  

I've read that brassicas like to be properly firmed in and that light airy soil is a main reason for them failing - especially brussels sprouts where one ends up with loose open buttons.  

However, one of the points of having a raised bed is that you don't compact the soil by treading on it and that it remains light and airy once it's been dug the first time.

This being the case, how does anyone grow brassicas successfully in raised beds if you can't tread them in?  This is why we've got a traditional flat area too, so that I can plant veg that like good firm soil - and it's large enough that I can rotate within it so that the brassicas aren't always in the same spot each year.

How do other members grow brassicas successfully in their raised beds please?


moving alliums

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 20:23

Hi, I moved a few aliums two seasons ago and they have survived perfectly well - give it a go!  If you need the space for something else then you have no choice anyway.  

When is it too late to a plant pot or root ball laurel hedge?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 18:16

Hello and thanks to you all for responding.  From what I understand from your replies, if I can't get them in this week, they'll be fine to plant at any point over the coming months as long as I look after them in the mean time which I promise to do if they end up having to wait!  It won't be that long, so they'll be growing away by the of April whatever happens.

We were lucky enough to catch a break in the current weather last Thursday and got a row of 30 hormbeam transplant bare roots in so the thankfully I'll not need to be worrying about them!

When is it too late to a plant pot or root ball laurel hedge?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 13:02

Hi all

I'm about to buy 17 potted or root balled young common laurel plants (I have read that bare roots are more at risk of loosing their leaves through shock).

If I cannot get them into the ground this week, they may have to wait for another four weeks or so due to personal circumstances - will it be too late to plant them then or will the fact that their roots will be surrounded by soil make it less critical if they have woken up by then and the sap has started to rise?

Obviously I'll try to plant them this week, but I don't want to waste 17 plants if I can't get it done and then find out that it's too late for another year.  If anyone has any experience of planting a laurel hedge later than March with any success I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Many thanks!

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What's bitten a hole in my French bean seed/

Seed pest 
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Brussels in raised beds

no dig soil in raised beds no good for brassicas? 
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When is it too late to a plant pot or root ball laurel hedge?

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