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Posted: 15/03/2014 at 21:45

I've already squashed one this year. The lilies aren't even poking through yet.


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 21:14

I spent one summer trying to wipe off larvae. I always manage to miss one, and by the time I looked again, they were stripped. I sprayed once last year,in around May time, and that kept the whole plant pristine.

 I try to encourage predators, but there is nothing in a UK garden that eats them.


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 16:36

OH watching men squabbling in the mud over a funny shaped ball. This will go on until 7pm . England trounced Italy, Wales are thrashing Scotland, just Ireland v France to go.

Not a lot of gardening done today... too stiff after too much digging yesterday. I need to watch GW on i player, I fell asleep last night, by 8.30.

A bottle of SB in the fridge beckons.

sowing peas

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 16:28

mice love peas and beans. I use mousetraps in the greenhouse and tight fitting propagator lids, since I lost two entire trays of sweet peas in one night.

sowing peas

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 16:22

I believe he did it to evade the mice. You can hang the gutters from the roof in the greenhouse to keep the mice off.

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 16:17

Calcified seaweed is not dried seaweed. it is different to seaweed meal. Calcified seaweed is a particular type of algae that extracts calcium from seawater and makes a calcareous type structure. When the algae dies, the calcified bits form deposits on the seabed which is then dredged up. The french call it Maerl and dredge off Brittany. British calcified seaweed  used to be dredged off cornwall, in the mouth of the river Fal. It was stopped because of ecological issues.

I use calcified seaweed instead of lime, when preparing soil for onions or brassicas.

Seaweed meal is usually growing algae that is cut and then washed and dried to make seaweed meal.


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 13:30

I use provado ultimate bug killer as soon as I see the first lily beetle on them. This is systemic and will work for six weeks. Usually by that time the  bulb will have flowers on. I dont spray later on in the season. That way I hope to get the larvae which chew the leaves, but leave the pollinating insects.  I squash every last lily beetle I see. They have no natural predators in this country.


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 16:32

Its gone grey and cloudy here too. Bit chilly now.

Time for coffee and a hot cross bun.


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 16:27

I've potted up some more aquilegia seedlings. Nursery area is getting a bit full, so the wild flower bit has been weeded of the wild flowers I don't want (docks ,nettles and dandelions), and some grasses, chicory,wild marjoram, catananche and alliums put in. Now I just need to scatter some poppy seeds and its sorted for a bit.  That should make some space for the aquilegias in the nursery area.

Car needed a new spring and a new tyre (sufficient tread but a cut in inside wall). I blame the state of the roads. I'm just waiting now for the garage to ring and say they can't get the tyre today......


Which annual and perenial seedlings should be 'pinched out'?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 15:29

How long is a piece of string?. it would be easier if you tell us what you have.

Sweet peas get pinched. Most annuals I don't . Some perennials I leave the first year and then chop down hard after that. It depends really on whether it is a bushy type or a skyrocket like a hollyhock/delphinium. etc.

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