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Latest posts by Green Magpie

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!

Last few mystery plants in my garden - Help please...

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 11:06

I agree with other posts so far. The Buddleia will flower soon, so you might as well let it do its stuff and see how you like it. Later (winter or next Spring)  it  can be cut back really hard and it will come up a bit less leggy. You could also take softwood cuttings from it any time now and start again with a new, more manaegeble plant.

Pyrocanthus will have red berries soon, so again you might as well enjoy it before any cutting back.

My Strawberries are all being eaten

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 09:38

I think strawalso provides a comfortable footing for mice. The first time we put straw around, last year, was the first time we had mice. But they returned this year, even without straw.

Apples falling

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 17:41

It's just a natural thinning-out process. Sometimes I even help this along by picking off the smallest fruitlets, because if more than 3 or 4 are in a cluster, they will be too crowded to grow properly.

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