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Calling all Caterpillar experts . . .

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 12:33

I would just place it in a shady corner outside and leave it alone.  I think it's either pupating or dieing.  Nothing you do will change the outcome of either process. 

Nature is so fascinating.

Walnut Tree, but no walnuts

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 11:51

Walnut trees,  like apples, pears etc, often experience the June Drop - explained here

spring cabbage

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 10:15

Plant them - you can't leave them as they are - you'll just have cabbage in the summer rather than the spring.

Is it just me?!

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 10:05

Can you take some cuttings from it?  That way it goes on

Curly Tomatoes

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 07:44

As Edd says, let the compost dry out - only water when the compost is dry below the surface and the leaves are beginning to flag.  Then give them a good soak and allow to dry out again.

Curling leaves can be caused by over-watering or by fluctuations in temperature, or it can just be what that variety of tomato is prone to doing.  It's not a problem. 

I wouldn't give tomato food until the first truss of fruit has set.

Fertilisers beyond "standard" tomato food? & small cuc question..

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 07:25

If the potting compost is standard multi-purpose (bought, not home made) then it should have enough fertiliser in it for at least the first six weeks after planting. 

If you were making up your own growing medium (like we sometimes see Monty doing) for tomatoes etc I'd be adding a small amount of Fish, Blood & Bone (basing it on the John Innes formulae ). 

I don't start using tomato food until my tomates have actually set the first fruit, and I do the same with squashes, cucumbers, courgettes etc.

Bird ID

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 07:10

At the moment some of our juveniles are still learning - it's really funny to watch them being so clumsy and missing their landing from time to time.


Posted: 03/06/2015 at 07:08

Good morning all   Yes!!!!!!  Wall to wall sunshine here too Chicky and the overnight temp only dropped to 10.8C  No wonder I had to take a layer off the duvet in the night!

Bird ID

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 07:00

We've got a group of juveniles (plain browny-grey) with some adults that nested in the neighbours' roof; now they're hanging around, roosting in the trees and hedgerows around our garden and taking the fat pellets and mealworms from the bird feeders.  Noisy but fascinating - they make so many different noises, clicks and whistles.  In the autumn they'll leave our gardens and join the huge flocks that roost in reedbeds etc, and perform those amazing murmurations in the sky.

Edd, stop trying to frighten people you know perfectly well that they'll not harm Baza's newly planted crops - they're great for gardens as they eat leatherjackets etc

Calling all Caterpillar experts . . .

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 06:51

Some caterpillars need to burrow into the soil before pupating - perhaps this was why your caterpillar was on the sidewalk - as children when we had a caterpillar ready to pupate we always put them in a container with  several inches of slightly moist soil in the bottom.

As the Tiger Swallowtail is a North American species I take it that you're not in the UK

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