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Truly evil weevil

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 13:13
Re-reading my earlier post it reads as though the tops were eaten: in fact it was the roots that were eaten, the tops were left to just flop over & die! JH

Truly evil weevil

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 12:44
I had a similar experience last year save that the tops of carrots, then Spinach seedlings were being cropped off at soil level and the tops just flopping over onto the soil surface. Culprits turned out to be vine weevil grubs (sickle shaped white grubs about 3/4" long with an orange head).
One treatment with Nemasys vine weevil nematodes solved the problem. Bought on Amazon for just under ??10.

cordon soft fruits.

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 10:37
Me too,
I've had red & black currants for 20 yrs + but never heard of cordon for them. I I can't see how that would work as the bushes don't have a main central stem to train from so that would mean excessive pruning which in turn would mean a loss of fruit: unless someone knows differently!
BTW. Welcome back BL - I didn't know you'd been away as I've only just come back to the forum since my knee op - well that's my excuse!

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 15:42

Just buy a pen/pencil eraser from a stationery store-the type that has red & blue ends. The red is for ordinary pencil, blue is a coarser texture for ink.

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:35

Hi Bf206,

Have been out in the GH & taken a few pics this lunchtime - see below:

1. Sweet Aperitif seedlings (tallest is now 40mm)

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44002.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

2. Red Alert tom.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44003.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

3. Country Taste tom.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44004.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

4. General view of L/H side of GH

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44006.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 5. General view of R/H side of GH

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44007.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 Strawberry troughs on shelves on pergola

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/44008.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 NB. Climbing rose L/H side of Pergola is 'The Pilgrim'

        The Clematis on R/H side is 'Elsa Spath'

 

 

New Fruit and Veg for 2014?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 21:14

I'm trying cucumbers for the 1st time this year. Variety is 'Cucino' from Dobies of Paignton - a small type that is said to grow in profusion (time will tell).   Also Sweet Aperitif tomato (see the entry on the 'how late can you sow tomatoes' thread).   Another  vegetable I'm trying for the 1st time this year is a curly kale called Borecole - 'Darkibor F1' ; again from Dobies of Paignton.   All my brassicas are now in a tented 6mm sq. net enclosure as the dreaded Cabbage Whites decimated them last year.

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 13:38
I'm in Hereford at the moment but when I get back to Bristol I'll take some pics and post them here - sometime in the next couple of days.

When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 22:02
My sweet aperitif are now about 30mm high. I sowed 15 seeds and 14 have germinated so I'm pleased with that. They are in an unheated greenhouse though I stood the tray on an electric propagator until they germinated then placed then on the staging unheated so they don't get too leggy. Other tomatoes are doing well - red alert, country taste, sub arctic plenty- all between 4 & 8 inches tall at present and very healthy looking plants.

Camera Corner

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 10:32

A couple of pics of an evergreen clematis currently in flower

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43329.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43330.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 Camera: Panasonic TZ40

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 22:04

Yes, rain held off all morning and started just as we got back to the car.

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