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Talkback: Tomatoes, aubergines and peppers

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 23:05
I had a problem with whitefly last year on my cabbages but got some yellow card and laminated it, coated it with grease (from my local garage) and put them up in the cabbage patch. As the flies are attracted to yellow, it did help to keep the numbers down, specially if you walked down the rows to disturb them. We also had a problem with pigeons but the guy on the next door allotment fitted up a dead stuff black chicken and that kept down pigeon damage.

Talkback: Tomatoes, aubergines and peppers

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 22:47
That's a shame you're not going to grow brassicas this year. Our allotment was plagued with both pigeons and white fly last year. The guy on the next door allotment rigged up a 'mock' hawk which fortunately for us kept the pigeons away from ours. The white fly was a different matter but we put up small yellow plastic squares covered in grease, then walk up and down the rows of brassicas. When the flies were disturbed, they were attracted to the yellow plastic and by the end of the growing season, the cards had trapped zillions of the little devils. And as a bit of a downer, I have to tell you that our peppers were decimated last year by an unknown 'thing' that burrowed a little hole in the pepper and if left, the pepper blackened and fell off. Whatever the bug was, it was impervious to insecticide. But happy gardening!

Talkback: Leafcutter bees

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 22:16
The pics shown of the damage caused by the leafcutter bee look exactly like a lot of my shrubs in one part of the garden. I thought I'd got leafcutter ants at one point as this was what it reminded me of. However, as these are perennials, red robin and roses, is it best just to leave them alone, will they recover? Unfortunately I'm at work all day so can't swat the bee away.
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