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Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:34

Good morning to the rest of you  

If I can't get on in the garden then it might be a baking day - but the Under Gardener forgot to bring eggs home from the Farm Shop - I'll have to go and get some myself - and he said they've got some watercress that's past redemption and they're going to chuck it - I shall grabbit and see if I can root it for the pond 

What's eaten my brocollii, cabbage and cauli

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:30

When did you plant them?  It sounds to me as if they've bolted due to a check in their growth - possibly because they dried out - that's the most common reason.

I'd sow some more, direct into the garden - it's the perfect time to do it and hopefully there's less chance of them drying out.  

Just net them against pigeons and put some beer traps down for the slugs. 

Good luck 

Can anyone tell me what this insect is

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:23

Things look different when you look at them closely don't they - everything's interesting - even the common stuff 

Problem With Pear Tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:19

I agree with Pansyface - I think it's probably a combination of the spray and the frost so don't panic - it will survive 

I use Ecover washing up liquid when spraying against aphids etc, at the sort of strength I'd use for ordinary washing up - I've not noticed any damage yet. 

Limp hebe

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:15

It depends how much of the root they've eaten - take it out of the pot - remove all compost, wash the roots gently and repot in fresh compost - put it somewhere shady and cross your fingers.  

weed or veg?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:12

It doesn't look like the ragwort I used to pull from our pastures - the texture is more angular - but there are several different varieties - ragwort is poisonous to livestock even when dead - in fact more so - so if pulling it up it's best burnt if there's any livestock around.

Identification of a yet another weed

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:09

Looks like red campion to me at this stage - perfect hedgerow plant - I'm sowing some this year in our little wilderness - we've got white campion there already - loved by the pollinating insects - I'd just thin it out and transplant some away from the roots of the hedge. 

eating nibbled radish

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:05

Should work as long as it's not too warm in there - let us know how you get on.  

OH brought me a bunch of radishes home from the farm shop yesterday - we sat and nibbled them in the evening with some seasalt and Lincolnshire Poacher cheese - who needs chocolate? 

Russian Tarragon

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:01

French tarragon is the one you want in your garden to use in the kitchen - the thing is it doesn't set seed so you need to buy a plant - it's also a bit less hardy than the Russian one - nevertheless mine has come through the last two winters with only minimal protection. 

Russian tarragon can be  used medicinally - my Russian DIL tells me that it's good for 'well-being, anxiety and stress' but can also be used in salads and for cooking - it just has more of a bitter after-taste than the French variety. She is perfectly happy to use the Russian type rather than the French - the Russians are a proud nation 

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 06:49

I find the straw extract really good - totally wildlife friendly and helps create a healthy balance in the water - our pond was only dug this spring and already we have lots of wildlife living and breeding in there - if you scroll up to the pic of our pond you'll see 

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