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snails and slugs

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 11:53

the other way is to put bowls of beer around your plants.  slugs love beer and they have a bit too much and never get out of the bowl

Plum fruit problem

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:59

it could well be damage sustained a few weeks back.  if you had a few windy days the fruit will rub against each other and against branches and it will end up with what looks like a brown scab as you describe. I have quite a lot of this going on this year too!  thankfully the fruit is still edible!

help! my salad leaves have holes

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 16:35

it could also be sceptomyza which is a little fly that punctures the leaf to lay its eggs which will become the dreaded leaf miner.  for both pests a good yellow sticky trap would sort out the bulk of the problem but thrip net will fully sort it.

with the seed trays we use the same tray all year round and the cells are 65mm deep. works fine!

What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 16:08   psb is a great crop for our winters.  if you choose the right variety then its the cold weather that leads to the production of the purple spears.  all the varieties from tozers can be found in small pack sizes on the net. I use summer purple, red spear, red arrow and cardinal and this covers October until may.

Mottled leaves on mint

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:59

are you ok with chems or prefer the natural route?  thrips don't like water particularly.  regular watering will keep them off to an extent.  sticky traps will help too. or a pesticide containing deltamethrin will sort them out.

Mottled leaves on mint

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:57


to me it looks suspisciously like thrip damage.  can you find any of the little devils?



What not to grow

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 14:04

I have come across this thread in my search for information regarding celtuce.  I don't know if you green magpie will see this but here's hoping you do!  I am a market gardener in surrey supplying fresh produce to the restaurants in London.  they are always after the unusual!  celtuce is now a crop that I am growing. I am picking my first stems now after a very painless growing process.  when I first tasted it I thought it was foul!  the leaves bitter and the stem even more so.  I found out what to do with it though and it is fast becoming my favourite veg!!!   just discard the leaves as the true beauty is in the stem. it must be peeled however and then its delicious raw and even better cooked. last night I lightly fried some in ginger, honey and soy and it was divine.


anyway that is my 2 pennies worth!



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