Green Magpie


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Carrot Issues

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 23:04

Yes, those carrots in the photo look just like the thinnings I am taking out now. They haven't had  long enough in the ground, that's all. They should come good, although they don't like being moved. A later sowing should get away more quickly now.

Whitefly/Rocket Lettuce

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 22:51

I now seem to have posted two versions of my reply. How do I delete the first one? I think we could do this on the old forum, but this new version is still much less user-friendly.

Whitefly/Rocket Lettuce

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 22:49

If the leaves taste OK, then keep using them. Once they get a bit past it, they can become tough and bitter,  and often peppered with insect holes, but if they seem appetising, you can eat them . 


But yes, you do need to sow  some more. So do I, thanks for the reminder!


I should add:  the above applies to the plants bolting. If it's the spray you're worried about, read the bottle. Some things barely taint the crop, others make it unusable for a week or two.

Whitefly/Rocket Lettuce

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 22:46

If the leaves taste OK, then keep using them. Once they get a bit past it, they can become tough and bitter,  and often peppered with insect holes, but if they seem appetising, you can eat them . 


But yes, you do need to sow  some more. So do I, thanks for the reminder!

Carrot fly???

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 18:34

I don't see how the  fly could have done any damage yet. The seeds can scarcely have begun to germinate.  Are you sure they were carrot fly and not some other beasties?  In any case, carrot fly are said not to fly over barriers like the sides of a container.

Is there a trick?

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 16:47

My parsley is a bit hit and miss too, but I have learned that shade and moisture are helpful, and also that the plants do better when they are spaced out - three or four single plants, well spaced, will give you more than a tightly packed row.

Strawberry moths

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 19:45

Ah yes, the main damage to strawberries is done by the gardener in search of a snack!

Strawberry moths

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 17:52

Oooh, that's interesting, thank you!  Definitely not the second one, but could be the first, and rocket is a brassica.. What's more,  I now find that there are hundreds of them in various places -  on gooseberry bushes,  beans, and on the lawn.  They have just appeared in the last day or two. They are very like the moths that chewed up our lawn last summer, but I don't know which plants they're actually looking for. It's all very odd, but I no longer think there's any risk to the strawberries (except from birds, mice and slugs!).

Help needed with my tomato plants

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 16:59

I think you could get three to a grobag if you use pots as well. You can cut the base out of the pot and sink it into a cutout circle in the bag, so the plants can get their roots down into the bag. To get the water directly to the roots, take a large lemonade bottle, cut the base off, and push the neck of the bottle (without the top) into the grobag. Then you can use this as a funnel to keep the compost moist.

Strawberry moths

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 16:53

The moths are bigger than what I would recognise as white fly, they're about half the size of a household clothes moth. The moths also seem to be inhabiting the adjoining row of rocket, so I am not even sure now that they are specifically a strawberry pest. The plants are out of doors.

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