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Bugs....what is munching my brassicas??

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:18

Have a check on those leaves, both sides, every day - if caterpillars eat the growing tip out of your brassicas you'll lose them.

Incredible luck

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:15

Thank you Jim - it took me back to when I had a garden running down to a stream, the other side of which was a water-meadow full of Lady's Smock - it was such a picture at this time of year and the butterflies were magical 

Petersham Open Gardens

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 20:09

ID Please

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:48


Gooseberry root

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:47

Pick every other gooseberry and use them for jam - leave the others to ripen.

Summer prune at the end of this month, shortening every sideshoot to 5 leaves - don't shorten the leaders. 

No plum blossom

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:35

Give it some Fish Blood and Bone (as directed on the pack) now and again in the autumn, mulch with garden compost or farm yard manure (making sure it doesn't touch the bark) and repeat in the autumn.  Make sure it doesn't dry out in hot dry spells.

Plums and other stone fruits should be pruned in mid-summer (so you were probably right when you pruned it) this avoids it getting the dreaded silver-leaf disease, but if it's a new young tree it probably doesn't need much if any pruning.


damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:26

Steve, the red and blue damselflies are different species 

damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:25

Didn't take any Nut - just sat transfixed 

One was a female Broad-bodied Chaser, the other didn't stay around long enough to identify. 

damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:15

We had our first blue damsel fly at our pond today, as well as the usual red ones.  Then we had two different types of dragonfly as well 

Bugs....what is munching my brassicas??

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 19:12

I wouldn't spray stuff I'm going to eat!

 Put some rubber gloves on and brush them off into a bucket - feed them to chickens or put them in the compost heap if you don't want to squidge them. 

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