Green Magpie


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Accidental application of Pathclear to runner bean plants

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 19:15

I honestly think that if the plants are not affected enough to prevent cropping, it's very unlikely that there would be any harm in consuming them. Things that kill plants aren't necessarily harmful to humans, and things that fail to kill plants are not going to be present in the crop at any significant level anyway, let alone do any harm to anyone who eats the crop.

Fungicides for fruit and veg

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 18:57

Diluted milk is also supposed to help combat fungal infections. Can't remember the proportions but it can probably be googled for. As with bicarb, it's probably not legal but is unlikely to harm you. I've never tried it.

The other solution is simply to cut back all the affected growth and let the plant regrow. This can work for rust on chives, and white moulds on leafy crops like chard and some ornamentals.

Accidental application of Pathclear to runner bean plants

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 14:33

I would think nearby crops would be safe to eat. If the crops have survived, they can't have taken up much of the chemicals. 

tomatoes is this normal?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 14:30

It's funny how the best thing seems to be to avoid watering the leaves, while nature has arranged things otherwise and insists on watering from above!

Fungicides for fruit and veg

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 14:27

Vitax Organic 2 in 1 spray is still around, and claims to help prevent or slow down fungal attacks (nothing cures them!).  It also limits damage from aphids etc.

More Peas?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 23:18

They are also good for growing pea sprouts for salads etc. As they're so cheap, you can plant them really thickly and they don't take long. I used the packets of marrowfat peas  - Bachelors, I think. 

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 10:15

Pea weevils won't do.much harm once the plants are established, but they can harm little seedlings. My solution is to put a little ant powder between the rows. This is probably against EU regulations, so I won't tell you where I live, or the Pesticide Police will be knocking on my door.

Timber yards and landscaping businesses, such as you'd find on a small industrial estate,  sometimes have offcuts of perfectly good timber that they just chuck away and might let you have if you ask.

Plant ID

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:33

I have an allergic reaction to this plant too, just the smell of it I think. Be cautious with it.

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 12:15

I think it's best to regard an allotment or veg patch as an enjoyable hobby that pays for itself. If you tried to pay yourself an hourly rate, it would be costing you a fortune, but with any luck you'll eventually pay out less than the value of the produce.

And there are some things you can't put a price on, like the taste of that first strawberry or raspberry, or the first bunch of baby carrots; and having something home-grown to give as a little gift to friends and relatives, or people who've done you a favour.   Recently an elderly neighbour had an attempted break-in and was quite shocked by it. I don't know her well, but I called to commiserate, and took a little punnet of strawberries to give her. A bought gift would have been inappropriate, but home produce is always appreciated.

Allotments and creatures.

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:53

You're doing fine - but watch out for badgers, cats, rabbits or mice!

Seriously, not all you're doing now will have to be repeated or re-purchased, and now that you know some of the enemies you will be able to take preventive action sooner next year. And when you do manage to harvest a crop without one of them getting there first, the triumph adds to the enjoyment of eating it!

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