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To erradicate - flatworms so far, so good.

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 15:38

Excellent map, very interesting web-site. Thanks ChrissieB 

To erradicate - flatworms so far, so good.

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 18:24

I just found this web-page wherein the University of Aberdeen are mapping flatworm distribution. It was posted in June 2015, so they may have an update on their findings by now - I'll see if I can find a current map of their distribution. There is a lovely picture of a flat worm in case anyone really wants to see one


To erradicate - flatworms so far, so good.

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 17:10

Yes, you were right about them being up here Ladybird.

I suppose the best thing to do is check inside the pots of things you buy from garden centres as soon as you get them home, and drop hints to your neighbours about this too. This year, I replaced the missing worms with a new colony of red one's, and since I have really noticed them around the vegetable patch. I am sure lack of worms is important for the ecology of an area.

I suspect maybe the weather up here, or more probably the peat bogs and heaths may affect how serious the flat-worm problem gets - but if Pansyface found one in London?  What is the soil like in your area?

To erradicate - flatworms so far, so good.

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 15:31

Yes, they are horrible looking things and I can understand anyone "over-reacting." For those who have never seen one, they look sort of like a slightly brownish-grey, slimy, piece of gelatinous ribbon. If you rolled one up and stuck a cocktail stick it would look a bit like a jellied eel (though obviously flat) but the outer edges have a slight translucency, and they have no decorative, petrol colouring on the skin. A horror film featuring a giant, man eating one would be awesome.

Ladybird4: I am in the North of Ireland in an officially "remote area" of "scientific interest." This means that it's even more important to eradicate them. It's likely they arrived with non-native shrubs and trees planted in the area by way of wind-breaks.

Also, thanks Verdun. I love gardening so much that my house gets quite jealous in summer.

To erradicate - flatworms so far, so good.

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 16:01

Hi folks. Two years ago I had an idea for catching flat worms, after I found two in the garden. I stood an empty flower bucket with lots of holes in the bottom inside another flower bucket, also with holes in the bottom. I filled the inner bucket with compost containing red worms. I put a half inch of soil in the outer bucket too, so that there was a small, tight gap between the two buckets. I left the two buckets sitting on the earth where I had found a flat worms. I left them over winter until early spring. I had no idea if it would work, but when I lifted the inner bucket out, I found 6 flat worms sticking to the outer bucket walls. I can't guarantee that it was entirely because of my flat-worm trap, obviously, but I have been doing extensive digging, re-potting, and removing of rotting leaves in the area this year, and have not found a single flat worm. Maybe I just got lucky and found them in time, but I suggest doing the same thing, maybe with more buckets (or large pots) for someone with an infestation.

It seems an effective way to catch them - but how you then go about killing them once caught, I dread to think, since squashing them was an utterly revolting experience that I am glad I don't have to repeat this year, and hope I will never have to repeat as long as I live.

double headed rake

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 17:29

If it isn't that one, it might be one that I tried using a while back. Beware! If both rakes are angled and the rake heads are not at the perfect angle, you may find them harder to use, bending down for one and cumbersomely working from above for the other. This was a big problem with the one I had. It will pay to get a good one that suits you. Or like me, you might have to take a hammer to it and adapt the angle to suit yourself better.

A protective growing tray for very tiny seeds

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 23:09

aym280, my undoing (unbuttoning) was the post Christmas, and post Easter sale at the Co-op. There were stacks of boxes left over, for very-little-money-at-all each. When I saw them I said "Oh no!" so loudly that the people in the queue at the check-out turned round and looked concerned. I had to sneak back with them after they had packed up their shopping and gone.

I will try the plastic cup approach to cuttings and see what happens. I imagine the translucence lets just the right light in, definitely worth a go! I hate to ask, but would coco drinks plastic cups be OK? I ask because I don't like drinks machine tea or coffee even when it doesn't come out soup instead.

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A protective growing tray for very tiny seeds

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 13:21

Like the ear-ring holder idea

AYM280. Oh! the white ones! You mentioned the far and so few between but by far and away the best white ones! Less sugar I think, coconut and I could eat them all year.

I thought of another possible advantage over supper last night. If the seeds need darkness you can stack them. I may have a go with some posh cyclamen, one per compartment.

Oh, and then the rigidity makes them cat-stepping-or-sitting on them indentation-damage proof. A cat could easily sit on a stack of five with no adverse impact.

No Dig Approach

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 23:48

I'm doing things the easy way and using the method for growing perennial vegetables and herbs. I am growing perilla (self seeds) mizuma, lovage, ramsons (and an autumn appearing pink alternative alongside) sweet-cisserly, French sorrel, repeating cabbage and cellery, lots of impromptu stuff, but not the usual because they are all perennials, shrubs, or self-seeding. My idea is to just keep replacing any weeds individually, as they appear, with more perennial edibles. It's going well so far - into it's third year properly. There are some small fruit trees too.

It is half shaded, half sunny woodland edge, so I can use quite a wide range of plants. The most important thing in this situation is adding nutrients in the form of composted stuff - the trees have already dredged most of the good stuff out, leaving sand and fibre to a great degree - so I'm composting like crazy.

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A protective growing tray for very tiny seeds

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 22:26

Aw thank-you plant-pauper, and kitty two - if there was an emoticon for purring it would go here...

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