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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.


Posted: 11/07/2013 at 09:00

my grandads tip for getting rid of mildew was a mix made up of

 mix of washing soda (sodium carbonate)  with water.. just a weak solution .. it leaves a non toxic residue on the leaves and stops mildew and is also good for black spot on your roses.

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:04

i live on isle of wight.. and i have not seen one this year so far.. the aphids and black fly have just appeared in their droves over last two weeks.. and nothing but ants is eating them.

i have had bees but not on smae number as last year. normally my nepeta is covered in them.. and the ones that are about are small..

it is worrying as to where hey have gone.. wonder if it is to do with everything being 4 weeks behind due to cold easter..


when do I sow primrose seeds

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 13:11

brilliant.. thank everyone.. i will be sowing this weekend then

when do I sow primrose seeds

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 12:58

Hi everyone... 

I have just harvested some fresh native primrose seeds.. I need to know ... do I sow them green or dry them our first.

This is first time doing it by seed as  normally split them.. but th

ought would give it a go.



Thanks for any help. 

Summer has arrived

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 10:04

my verbascums got blown down by the strong wind last week as well as my tall alliums.. everything flat on the ground.

as for summer.. it is longest day next week... and the weather doesnt seem to have done as it should for this time of cosmos seedlings are only just starting to bush out and no flowes yet.. my rudbeckias are only 5 ins tall and flowering wallflowers are still flowering so havnt taken them out to replace with the rudbeckias like normally do yet.


Excited, excited, excited!

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 10:00

i still waiting for the veronica seeds to shoot i planted in april..

as for summer is here.. they said lasat night that the longest day is next start to get darker in the evening soon.. and doesnt seem to have been summer at all down here

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