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Hester Scott

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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

What hand tools do you recommend?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:28

Recently saw a hoe with a stainless steel disc as a head only about 4or 5 ins diam.  Thought it great with very little resistance and great cutting.

Talkback: 100 hungry snails

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 22:12

Sunflower, is it you who puts up great flower photos on Blipfoto??????

What to grow in vacated veg beds....

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:18

Definitely Jerusalem artichokes. Don't think even related, but very good for you.  I took every bit out I thought, but immediately back as strong as ever and all through the gooseberries.  A total pest.  Chicken wire sounds good but ........  They can have quite pretty yellow daisies .....

Aphids particularly bad this year?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 22:14

i have very little problem with greenfly ever, only on sick seedlings inside, and they always seem to die anyway. What would be the best thing for them?  On trying to mow my smallish amount of grass I lifted off 37 ladybirds first. Thinking about the saying about mice, 6 hidden for everyone seen, there must have been a massacre.  What do ladybirds eat if they don't get aphids? As I said I don't have any yet anyway.

Cuckoo Spit

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 22:37

They are cool little guys with their bulgy eyes just blowing their bubbles!  They don't seem to do any harm and don't need to be killed.......

Talkback: 100 hungry snails

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:22

Good to see someone with an alternative to that horribly cruel practice of putting them in salty water.  Stamping on them is instant and efficient also.  The nail polish painting and waiting game is interesting too.  Three returns is as many as I have observed, and observing the survivors from one year to another.  However I don't agree about the slugs...... I think they do more damage than the snails.  Sad story about the cornflower.

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What the experts get wrong

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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 a... 
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