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Emma Crawforth

Latest posts by Emma Crawforth

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 15:07

Hello pest controllers,

Adam's blog on lily beetles gives a few ideas for dealing with them. Constant vigilance seems to be the best option!

Emma team

Talkback: Growing asparagus

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 15:02

Hello AdamColeman,

I recently inherited a veg plot with asparagus in the wrong place too. In my case it's too near the middle of the plot, so that when it grows up high, it obscures the plants beyond it from view. I was considering starting a new bed in a different position. As Pippa says, it takes a while to establish, but maybe you could continue to harvest from your old plants for the first years?

Enjoy it!

Emma team

Growing Pumpkins Vertically

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 10:19

Hello Italophile,

Thanks for the info. It always sounds like fun, although could be difficult harvesting the pumpkin and taking it home!

Emma team

Tasty things

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 09:16

Hello burhinus,

I agree with you about the 'furry back taste' with nettles. I do think it would put some people off, but try to ignore it myself! The smell of them is lovely though - just like spinach.They're both supposed to contain a lot of iron so I suppose that's why they smell similar.

Emma team

How do i plant Morning Glory

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 18:08

Hello paslode,

This is one of my favourite plants. Have a look at Carol's video on sowing it.

Emma team


Posted: 17/04/2012 at 18:04

Hello Robin Rowles,

I love your picture. Have you seen our gallery of butterflies?

Thanks for the i/d Dovefromabove.

I've seen some cabbage whites, but I'm sure there are more exciting sightings out there from forum users!

Emma team

Tasty things

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:53

Hello foragers,

This thread is right up my street as this weekend I made and ate a risotto with nettle tops, wild garlic leaves and hop shoots. I found it in the April edition of Good Food Magazine. Delicious!

Emma team


Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:44

Hello Kiddy2,

Lettuce seedlings can be delicate, so the old method of sowing them in guttering works well by causing minimal root disturbance. Also have a look at Monty and Chris Beardshaw sowing seeds in the greenhouse. Don't give up yet!

Emma team

Get thrifty

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:34

I have some tall pot holders that look nice but are too tall for the shallow pots of herbs I put inside them. I use old corks in the bottom of the pot holders to hold the shallow pots up. Corks work well because they have natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. And while we're on the subject, that's a very good reason for preserving natural cork oak forests.

Emma team

Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 17:27

Hello JennB,

Have a go at using this house plant cuttings method. It's very easy to do and has worked well for me.

Emma team

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