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Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 11:19

i am hating this humid heat.. my rheumatoid arthritis is so bad i cant mvoe much.. have nto been able to get out and dead head for last 2 weeks.. and when i checked long ranch forecast for isle of wight it is going to be like this upto the 16 aug.. and no signs of rain at all.. all our butts are empty now for the 5th time this year and i have to water pots from the tap now.  we have not had rain since 19th may here. and i dont count the fine spray mist we had back beginning of june... that didnt even dampen the pavements.. rain!

my lawn is brown and dead and some of the plants even my long standing perennials are startin to wilt over now.

need some rain at night at least..

Everyones tips for diseases/aphids/mildew/diseases etc..

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 11:12


you are right.. when i moved here to sandy free draining soil with strong sea salt winds...from heavy wet clay then baked dry in summer.. no sea air... i  had to totally change my plants habits.. couldnt have some of my favourties likes acers.. they just got destroyed..

so i walked around looking at other gardens to see what they were growing.. and i found hebe and small leaved plants did well and those with shiny leaves.. not my favs plants at all.. but now i have managed to bring in other plants.. and of course my tulips do very well here.. never did at old house had to plant in pots only... so it may have it downsides to other house.. but it has infact got more upsides to it.

it is the way of gardening as you say to find out what is best for your little patch.. and to grow them as normal as poss.. i never force my plants on.. i do admit to at times being little impatient waiting for them.. but leave them be

i just wanted to set up thread where little tips gathered by us gardeners over the years can all be in one place to find..

neighbours fence

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 10:59

my neighbours fence is covered on ivy

comes through from their side.. i leave it for bees and buttterflies etc.. and look green all year



Posted: 16/07/2013 at 10:56

my grandad always sprayed with one part skimmed milk to nine parts water.. said it keeps of most diseases.. and i use it and dont get black spot or rust.. or much disease at all..

Everyones tips for diseases/aphids/mildew/diseases etc..

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 10:48

keeping the greenhouse dmap is fine for red spider mites..  but he dampness then brings in other problems..

plants can be effected by any problems regardless of where or how you grow them.. some are effected by hot weather then wet weather.. scabious for instance.. this causes the mildew..

i have never had rust in my garden as i do the skimmed milk watering system for my plants.. so keeps it at bay.

Everyones tips for diseases/aphids/mildew/diseases etc..

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 09:13

@artjak.. sorry didnt add that bit.. my grandad used to put it in a heavy (not mist) sprayer and spray round the green house.. making sure it got into all nooks and crannies and corners.. if you have shelving maybe take them out and wash them down with it also to make sure all eggs have been sprayed..

if plants were badly effected he would clean the leaves and stems by hand with a cloth which had been soaked in the mixture.. nowadays i think kitchen would be just as good.. and he would (if i remmeber rightly) spray the green house twice a week.

he said it was good way of keeping them out.. and he always grew for shows etc.. and he never liked using chemicals at all in the garden.. must be where i have taken my stance from on that also.. as he taught me what i know today..

Everyones tips for diseases/aphids/mildew/diseases etc..

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 09:16

sorry do not know why some of my words are underlined.. and adds come up.. didnt do it honestly sir

Everyones tips for diseases/aphids/mildew/diseases etc..

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 09:15

i have just found another one..

Hot peppers and garlic crushed and mixed with water.. then seived.. makes a very potent spray that stops mose bugs in their tracks.. giving them dose of heartburn! loved my grandad bless him

Everyones tips for diseases/aphids/mildew/diseases etc..

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 09:12

Hi everyone thought it might be good to start a thread about all our top tips to keeping our plants and veg aphid and disease etc free.. the non chemical way

i will start off with some of my grandads old tips i found written down in one of my gardening books he gave me.. found it last week.. when looking through.


mix washing soda (sodium carbonate) with water.. weak mix and spray over plants.. leaves a non toxic residue to stop it.


1/2 cup of buttermilk, 4 cups wheat flour mixed well and add to 5 gallons of water... this destroys them and their eggs.


as we all know washing liquid with water is good one

For keeping your plants disease free.

a mix of one part skimmed milk with nine parts water is good against most of them.. it is particularly good for your tomatoes.

So please add your tips and advice on keeping the bugs off and the plants healthy. i look forward in reading them all and learning new ways.


Black clusters of aphid/fly

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 09:02

yeah washing up liquid mixed with water in an old squirty bottle does the trick.. or just rub them off.

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