Latest posts by HyppyByker

Should i reduce the tops on my potatoes?

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 11:54

Thanx you're always so helpful and knowledgeable ☺

Should i reduce the tops on my potatoes?

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 10:23

i did it nce ut ran out of space in the box, thought i'd planted them deep though.  When should i harvest?

Should i reduce the tops on my potatoes?

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 10:09

I'm growing Charlottes in a raised bed and have to growth about 2ft tall which has started flowering.

I pulled up 1 plant which had a grand totalbof 2 decent sized tatties and a couple of immature ones.

Should i reduce the tops for a better crop?

Can I put aphids in the compost bin?

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 10:17

Hmm, think I've been using too much!

I do the same with slugs and snails, put them in the compost bin - I get the material composted quicker and they're in feeding heaven hehe

Can I put aphids in the compost bin?

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 10:09

Thanx Peter, that's what I've been doing but as there's so many I wanted to be sure!! :)

Can I put aphids in the compost bin?

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 10:00

I pruned a lot of new growth of a friend's shrub and want to put it in my compost bin but it's covered in black fly.  Will I be causing problems for myself down the line?

Also, when they say to spray aphids with 'soapy' water does washing up liquid do the trick?

Must say I've never known a year as bad as this for the little sap-suckers!!

Rescuing a poorly pond

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 15:17

Thanx everyone, I'll do what I can and see what works :)

I don't have newts though I wish I did!

Rescuing a poorly pond

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 11:37

Thanx Dove - I've used both of those before as well but I'm not getting blanket weed and haven't for some time (just duck weed)

Will try the Sludgebuster again tho :)

Rescuing a poorly pond

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 10:34

Put a pond in 6 years ago and in my innocence read too many different articles and got it wrong.  It's a wildlife pond and due to various reasons I didn't clear the dead foliage out for a year or so.

I've done that now (very smelly!) but the water is very brown - bits in suspension.  Many of the plants have died and bog bean took over - I've pulled out as much of that as I can.

I'm looking to replant and see there are plants that are good at taking up nitrates - will these help clear the water?

I put gravel of various sizes in the bottom of the pond and I have a 'soft' liner on top of the butyl.  Should I remove the gravel?

There's various products for clearing the water but as it's a wildlife pond I want to be careful - I don't need it clear for aesthetics but I'm sure the wildlife isn't happy with it as it is - I've lost most of by frogspawn in the last 2 years.

Any help and advice gratefully received!

What's this purple stuff

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 21:10

I drowned a load of perennial weeds is a big tub and left it far longer than I meant to.  When I bottled it up today there was a bright purple scum round the edge and lots of stems have got a bubbly appearance.

I think it might be slime mould but not sure and either way is it safe to use the tea as fertiliser anput the dregs in the compost bin or is it safer to chuck it all away?

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