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Camera Corner

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 10:14
tomstattyead wrote (see)

My Azaleas are about to pop, I have a good camera but how do I transfer my pics onto this forum please. Most of my pictures are on Photobucket,


tomstattyhead (love it)  I need to go out just now, but will help with this later, if you haven't sorted it out.


Lovely shots from you, shadoweaver.....many thanks for sharing them.

Aphids particularly bad this year?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 20:49
Bilje wrote (see)

Blooming heck David that must deal with a massive infestation glad it's not my garden!  I like the idea of this type of natural spray but I'd need to scale it down a bit! I wonder how it works? 

Yes, of course, you'll need to scale it down a tad. Bilje.  It's extremely effective and kills other things, like caterpillars......the active poison is oxalic acid.

It's a contact spray, so will only kill those that it comes in contact you need to spray under the leaves too.

Oh, and I wouldn't recommend its use on food crops. 

Aphids particularly bad this year?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:43

Could I just add to this thread my recipe for making a very good, organic & effective aphid killer?

You'll need 1kg / 2.2lbs rhubarb leaves, 2 litres / 67 fl.oz water and a few drops of washing-up liquid.

Place the rhubarb leaves into a large pot, add the water.

Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes to half an hour.

Strain off the leaves (and dispose with) allow the liquid to cool, then add a few drops of washing-up liquid.

The solution should be diluted 1 part solution and 9 parts water; in other words, add 9 litres / 2.3 gallons water to create a spray.

This spray should not be stored but should be used within 24 hours to achieve the best effectiveness.

Sweet Peas In Hanging Basket

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:18
JanBi wrote (see)

All of my sweet pea seeds germinated, so I have more plants than I have room for.  

Would they survive in a hanging basket?  I can't decide so I thought there must be an expert out there who could help.



Oh no, not a good idea at all.

Tomato Plants suddenly wilting

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:10

I agree with Italophile....those plastic greenhouses can become veritable bake-houses during quite moderate sunny days.

Curly leaves on my plum

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:00
Berghill wrote (see)

Not keen on spraying with a systemic insecticide on something I want to eat. We get this every year and ignore it. The trees produce their fruit without seeming to come to any harm.

Just watch out for ants 'farming ' the aphids and take steps to stop the ants from climbing the tree and moving the aphids to new leaves.

I totally agree, Bergill and I do understand that spraying isn't for everyone. Although the fruit isn't affected, it does look unsightly, especially when sooty mould colonises the honeydew secreted by these aphids.

I don't use sprays lightly, but when I do,  'Bug Clear' is my choice because it is as environmentally friendly as they come. 

Curly leaves on my plum

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:07

 Googled image:

This is fairly typical.


Hi, lydiaann.....I'm almost sure this will as a result of a plum aphid infestation, look closely for them.  I would recommend a spraying of a systemic insecticide such as 'Bug Clear'.

Good luck.


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:01
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Cheers David xx  ((hugs)) 


And that's given me an idea for a thread ........................................... 

Hey-up! Never had a cyber hug here before   Mike will be after me.  


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 14:53

 Clarngton - "wear a blue jacket like Montys when I'm driving the steam engines"'s there's a thing! So do I, cept I have to bribe drivers or platelayers for mine.

We used to be issued with a grey coloured version.

Retired signalman, as ever was.


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 14:47

Sorry, Dove xx....ImpHosta was right.

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