Green Magpie


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Strawberries

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 16:02

When buying from a shop, avoid Spanish strawberries and look for English ones now.  If you'll  can, have a sniff at them. The good ones wll have a strong strawberry fragrance.


We have a colossal crop in the garden this year. We've eaten them  every day for a fortnight now, made some jam and given away several pounds. I am getting a teeny bit tired of strawberries now!  We now have a beehive only a few yards from the strawberry patch, which may account for the good pollination.

Carrot Issues

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 16:24

I've tried several and they've all been much tastier than shop-bought carrots. I think growing them in good soil and eating them fresh makes any variety taste pretty good.


Long rooted ones are tricky to get out of the ground in one piece. Stump- rooted varieties are more manageable, and less likely to fork, although you're still bound to end up with some comical specimens.  


You can get various coloured carrots now, but I don't find the flavour as good as the orange ones.


The main thing is to keep the carrot fly off them, by using fleece or other barriers.

Carrot Issues

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 09:09

Wow, very impressive system. That's one thing I love about allotments, seeing all the ingenious uses that people find for simple materials.

Moth Alert - watch your cabbages

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 09:02

Good phot, yarrow2. That looks a lot like the moths I've seen - smaller and narrower than a clothes moth.

Moth Alert - watch your cabbages

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 16:50

Last week I noticed crowds of moths that I thought were infesting my strawberries, only to realise that they were even more numerous on the adjoining row of rocket (which is a brassica). Another member suggested that they might be this pest,  and now it seems likely that they are. They had just spilled over into the strawberries, and other crops too, in their hundreds.


They are not so noticeable now, but I won't be surprised if I find the rocket munched to shreds soon. I don't bother with other brassicas - they just have too many pests!

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.

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