Green Magpie


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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.

Lupins

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!

Nettles

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.

Lupins

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.

Bees

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.

please id climber

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 20:19

I agree with nucutlet.  We have one of these, and although ours is quite sturdy, it is very prone to black fugal infection, due probably to sticky secretions from aphids. I sprayed ours earlier this year and it has perked up quite a bit.

DIY bug hotel

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 13:47

I was a bit taken aback when some distinguished gardener - I think it was Carole Klein- suggested gathering hollow-stemmed sticks and pushing them into a slice of a plastic bottle. Such a nearly-good idea, but why ruin it with plastic? Natural materials (e.g. jute twine to hold it all together) are so much better, as you can tuck the whole thing into a corner of the garden and forget about it, letting it degrade when it's ready.

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