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Latest posts by Green Magpie

gooseberries

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 22:19

This year my gooseberries are so thick and heavy that I have started picking some in order to take the weight off the branches, which are old and straining. Even when they're still quite sour, they're fine for cooking.

The birds don't ever show any interest in my gooseberries. Even when they are ripe and quite sweet, the berries are still quite hard, so maybe that's why. 

What do you carry you hand tools around in?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 22:46

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!

http://www.stewart-garden.co.uk/planter-collection/49-garden-tool-caddy.html

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!

http://www.stewart-garden.co.uk/planter-collection/49-garden-tool-caddy.html

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!

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