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Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 23:50

How kind and encouraging you all are, and I do really appreciate it.  It is just the pests are getting worse every year on my plot and I find the netting protection bit is the hardest.  Also, I've tried to have a little weedy wild damp area as I've had a couple of frogs, tho not this year. And a small quarter of a barrel as a pond with king cups etc, and one of the other plot holders has told me more than once that these are bringing in the pigeons.  Maybe right.  Yes,  I have great gooseberries!

Help me save my courgettes please!

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 16:21

Mel.  Don't freak out yet!  I doubt it is a feeding problem. Maybe erratic watering?  I feel it might just fix itself in time. Wait till the plants get into their stride.

Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 13:16
For the first time ever I'm considering giving up my allotment, as I have never had a year like it. I must have sown or transplanted peas and mange tout maybe six times. Just about all gone. This inspite of the best netting I can do. Pigeons rabbits and pea weevil. There are a scattered pawky few individual plants inches tall which will never come to anything. French beans, runners, are a little better. Even chard, supposedly reliable is attacked. The best things I had were cucumbers, well netted good soil, are succumbing to leatherjackets one by one. Slugs are easy to manage. The others are not.
Fraid to say the above blog strikes me as smug, and I feel like crying, fact I think I will.

Talkback: Urban foxes on the allotment

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 11:13

I made ceramic eggs, unglazed, and with the ones not needed, I made a sort of nest in the garden.  Thought it looked pretty. One day noticed they were all gone save one with deep tooth marks. I still feel so sorry for that poor fox who transported fifteen eggs to its cubs, only to find.........

Is it just me?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 08:52

Delicious, Panda!!!

someone mentioned raw liver. My godfather related to me about thirty years after the event,with many shudders, an account of my father and himself cooking on board his boat. The sight of raw liver stuck to my father's Wellington boot!!

Is it just me?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:54

The raw egg dropped onto the foot with the sandle, oh, I hope without sock!  Excellent!  That would make a great scene for a comedy

not a phobia, but a strong dislike.  Gardening in gloves.  If I try to wear them they are soon ripped off and at the end of the session my hands are stinging and scratched.



Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:34

Bev, just wondering about something you said.  Did I pick you up correctly?  Something about watering every day?  It isn't necessary and it has been raining so much too.too much will do damage.  Some of the best gardeners never water at all apart from newly planted stuff.   And your rose is damaged by rain as others have said.

Broad Beans

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 10:50

No, as Michael says, a quick moving insect.  I is stripy brown and crunches when crushed.  More and more of them and by searching them out I probably damage buds and broke a plant  yesterday.  V frustrating!!


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:38

Chard or silver beet is pretty much the same and won't go to seed like that. It's really easy and quick and will last over winter. I'm still eating last years and it's the best thing in the allotment.

Talkback: Cuckoo spit

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:34

they don't do any harm and are gone in a week or too, so why get excited.  We need more biodiversity not less

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