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Green Magpie

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What do you carry you hand tools around in?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 21:50

I admire your methodical system, hogweed, but it wouldn't work for me. In my caddy I carry not only a fork, trowel and secateurs, but also gloves, scissors, string, a small table fork (great for transplanting seedlings), a knife, a marker pen, spare labels, pegs for netting or fleece, a small dibber, a plastic container of bone meal, another of slug pellets ..... and sometimes some seeds or bulbs.  I am not very organised, but this way I usually have everything to hand that I need. I do still lose things - it's a big garden, and sometimes I even mislay the whole caddy - but mostly I can find what I want.

What do you carry you hand tools around in?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 20:13

I use a caddy like this (below). I have had it for 40 years - I first used it to carry our baby's nappy-changing kit around the house, and that "baby" is now 40!

Gooseberry tops curling up

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 19:17

Sounds more like aphids - if you uncurl the leaves, can you see aphids on the underside?

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 22:35

I've done this a couple of times with bees that I have found swimming - or drowning-  in a watering can or bucket. In the big picture, one bee is not significant, but I'm sure it is appreciated by that bee.


Posted: 09/06/2015 at 07:42

Lupin aphids are bigger than normal greenfly, they're a different variety. Thye are fat and tough-looking, almost as bad as the Willow Aphid, which is quite revolting.

Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:54

Last night we had our first proper garden dinner, which included potatoes, baby carrots, asparagus and strawberries. Can't wait for the other crops to be ready!


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:51

If you do leave some nettles, they're an important food plant for many butterflies and caterpillars, so you can feel virtuous about the ones you miss.


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:43

Yes they should do. Mine don't have aphids yet but snails are a problem. Lupins seem to be very tasty to various creatures, pity we can't eat them!

bean seed germinating

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:42

I grow Cobra every year from saved seed and usually they crop from the second half of July for a few weeks. This year mine are very slow, they've been out for a couple of weeks and I think it's been too cold at nights. 

I have to report that the dwarf French beans I mentioned in an earlier post, sown direct about two weeks ago, have all germinated but they are tiny and yellow and stunted, with leaves about the size of my little finger nail. Again, I think low overnight temperatures may be to blame (down to 5 or 6 last night), so today I sowed some more in modules in the mini-greenhouse.


Posted: 03/06/2015 at 16:42

Don't worry, they won't be aggressive, and they won't stay there more than a day or two. Soon they will be off to a more suitable home.

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