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Codling Moths

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 09:23

Poppy - we need to understand the life cycle of the codling moth to explain the measures I mentioned.

Full instructions come with those pheromone traps...but basically the sticky pads are marked into squares to help assess the number of moths in the infestation, enabling us to be able to calculate to amount & frequency of spray required.

Winter tar oil wash is applied when the trees are totally dormant and is intended to destroy the eggs and larvae of the moth hiding in the bark.

Grease bands are intended to prevent females, which, after emerging from the pupal or chrysalis stage in the soil, climbing the tree to mate and lay their eggs.

 

 

Codling Moths

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 19:11

I do go to some trouble to minimise the codling moth problem...using a winter tar oil wash & grease bands. I also use a pheromone trap as part of a spraying plan......there is a common misconception that the latter prevents the problem, but this isn't so.

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:16

You're going to think, 'what the bluddy ell has it got to do with him' or worse   but I do care for other people and think (looking at the local weather forecast) you would be wise to do this another time.

I'll get me coat.

Too late to sow.....

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:03

OL, you have permission to kick my ar*e if you already know this, but sweet Williams are biennials ie sow the seed this year and they will flower next year.

In fact it is getting a tad late to sow the seed now......July is really stretching a bit to ensure flowers for next year.

I sow the seed in a nursery bed in the open anytime from March to early summer, then transplant the young plants into the open from around now to September. Next spring lift the plants & plant them where they are to flower......much the as for wallflowers btw.

Don't be too fussy with them....I like to think of them as a pretty weed. 

PS. Be prepared for them to self-seed and become a nuisance.

It's my birthday

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:47

Sorry, Philippa.....missed this yesterday, please accept my belated happy birthday wishes. xx

A Day Out

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:44
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Did you have to resort to spelling it fuschia David? You see that all the time!

 

There came to be numerous adaptations, Fairy......think I used to post 'fooshia'.

A Day Out

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:29

That's quite spooky, pansy and not something I've ever encountered after quite a few years using various forums.

In my BBC message board posting days (most are closed now) they used to have a curious system which involved the text turning red while you were composing the message, if Big Brother thought you were attempting to post something offensive. The upshot being that you couldn't use the word 'fuchsia' because the text turned red as soon as you entered 'fuc'......very inconvenient as it was a gardening forum.  

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:14

My cousin was killed in France during the D-day landings, until now I've not known much about the circumstances, where he is buried etc.

I've now found this great War Graves Commission's website & been able to trace the circumstances of his death & where he was buried......even was able to download a certificate that could be framed if required.

This is the website, I post it as it may be useful to others:  http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:02

Wishing you all a fantastic day......keep sober.

clematis recommendation please

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 22:14

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/55854.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 This would be my suggestion, thecatsmother......'Ice Blue'.

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