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spraying veg/fruit plants

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 16:38

The biggest pest in my veg garden at the moment is our neighbour's cat whose digging is damaging my runner bean seedlings.  

I can honestly say that we haven't had a problem with pests in this garden - we encourage wildlife and have lots of bluetits and hedgehogs visiting.  If we get aphids on the roses I just brush them off with my fingers - that removes most of them but leaves some for the ladybirds and bluetits.  In the past I've also sprayed with a solution of Ecover washing up liquid and water which seems to deter them, but I'm not fanatical about removing every one - unless we leave some food for the predators we'll lose them and then the aphids etc will take over!

I also don't use slug pellets - and we don't get much damage at all.  We have big orange slugs and I leave them alone as they only eat rotting vegetation and smaller slugs.  What with them, the birds and the hoggies we seem to have achieved a balance.  

I collect snails wherever I see them and put them in plastic flowerpots placed on on their side in shady corners with a bit of lettuce or similar - the snails stay put for a while and the hedgehogs know where to find them 

A member of my family is huge vegetable producer for the big supermarkets - even the most environmentally concious of them use pesticides unless they are Certified Organic as they cannot produce the quality the public has grown used to without.  Supermarkets get complaints if a customer finds a caterpillar on a cabbage  whereas I would regard it as evidence that the cabbage hadn't been doused in pesticide 

I also try not to over-feed the plants - soft growth is so susceptible to pests and disease.

In my small garden I cannot be self sufficient, but I grow what I hope I can grow well without the use of pesticides.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 16:19

Have been confined to the sofa by OH   I had some sort of flashing at the edge of my vision - phoned optician who want to see me first thing tomorrow - might be nothing but could be the symptom of a detaching retina   Have not been allowed to mow the lawn, do the ironing or bake a cake - just sit on the sofa and watch rubbish tv. 

Can you tell me whats wrong with my cherry tree please

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 16:14

Any chance that it might have contracted honey fungus?

How to secure trellis top panels

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 16:11
Sue6 wrote (see)

We had a brand new fence put in last Summer between us and next door, timber close boarded panels which slot into conrete posts.  However the separate trellis bit which slots on the top is narrower and doesn't quite fill the slot.  It keeps rattling and clonking in the wind. 

We did cut some lengths of timber batten and wedge these in to fill the gap but it appears that our neighbour has removed them??  I am annoyed by this as I spent a lot of time cutting and planing these to fit, as he complained about the noise in the first place!... anyway I am looking for a more permanent solution...

Any ideas how to secure these to the concrete posts?

No More Nails Exterior or similar. 

Can you tell me whats wrong with my cherry tree please

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 15:00

It seems rather sudden for something to have put on leaves and blossomed then done the equivalent of 'dropped dead'!  

Is there any way the ground around it could have been contaminated with anything?  What about other plants nearby?

No damage to the bark anywhere on the trunk?

How to secure trellis top panels

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 14:42

Our neighbour's new fence is built in the same way and one panel is loose and rattles in the wind.  We've wedged them tight with wooden clothes pegs on our side so next door can't see them 

Help with Identifying Plant

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 12:15

I think it's definitely centaurea 

Can you tell me whats wrong with my cherry tree please

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 12:11

Fireblight doesn't affect stone fruit ://  thank goodness!


The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 10:17

BL - I think that some of the help she needed and he had to provide was just punishment - he did not get any of our sympathy 


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 10:15

I've never seen blackspot on a r. banksiae - I believe they are quite resistant 

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