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White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 15:05

You are very welcome - I just hope it works for you, pls don't blame me if it doesn't.  I didn't even turf off what I could see I just carried on as I said.  All's well at the moment...I have sunflowers, tomatoes (in flower), cucumbers, plus stacks of cuttings and all the overwintered plants, plus we have cropped cut and cum again lettuce etc etc.  Happy composting.  Did you notice lots of ants in the bin last year...I reckon they may be something to do with these white bits, but the jury is out on that.

getting rid of slugs

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 14:37

Is there anyone there who can tell me which article in Gardeners World Mag that has the gen on slugs and snails, I have spent the last half an hour looking for said article, my sister-in-law wants to check it out - I rely on the birds...if I come across a snail I put in on the path under a certain tree and stamp on it - then kick it under the said tree, next day - all gone!  Fox maybe.  Slugs get chopped in half and put on the bird table!  I know, but I'm not violent in any other way, although I might be if I see a cat at 'my' birds!

White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 14:26

HyppyByker, I'm in the same boat - exactly the same, and I garden organically too- the one difference is that I have used the compost - I just thought 'what the hell' and I've loads of ladybirds, although I haven't seen any lacewings yet, just thought they would have a feast.    I have two greenhouses, one heated and one not...I used the compost (mixed with leafmould and shreddings - both well composted) and there doesn't seem to be any problem in the unheated greenhouse, but I do have lots of greenfly (no whitefly) in the heated greenhouse, but I overwintered plants in there so I presume, the greenfly overwintered too.  Watch out using boiling water or you'll kill off the goodies in the compost bin too.  All those worms, slugs, woodlice and the trillions of good microscopic bodies that all help make the compost smell sooooo sweet and sooooo good in comparison with that we buy.

Talkback: Removing weeds

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 10:55
A few years ago our council tendered out the gardening to a company who are supposed to keep the grass verges etc clipped, but they don't and the majority of dandelion seedheads just blow in from these verges. It then takes me hours to dig them all up, both from the lawn and flower beds, meaning that I inevitably also dig some of my own planting as I believe in soil coverage to keep annual weeds and local unwanted cats at bay.

Talkback: Emptying the compost bin

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 10:03
Unfortunately many years ago I 'harpooned' a little frog, and it has stayed with me ever point is don't use a fork or spade or anything metal, as I had been working my way down the compost for an hour or so before this had happened, so I hadn't "...plunge your fork straight in the heap..." in fact I never would do that, but I have found especially with toads, that they just sink further and further down into the middle of the pile in order to stay 'hidden' so this sort of accident is more likely to happen at the end rather than at the beginning. Oh for the weather to get on with my composting!! P.s. I use my hands now and it takes hours but I feel happier

if you could only have 2 pears...

Posted: 07/02/2012 at 14:19

What I did when I wanted to add to my pear 'orchard' - now up to three - was I waited until the other two were in flower, then rang the closest nursery to ask if they had any pear trees in worked a treat, and each year all three are in blossom at the same time, and I just let the wild bees - resident somewhere in the garden - do the rest.  Result lots of pears to eat and cook with...short of recipes though!

Talkback: Growing chillies from seed

Posted: 07/02/2012 at 14:13
Can I grow peppers and cucumbers the same? I grow them the same as tomatoes at the moment.

In answer to Townsend. I have started using string, which I feed through bottom of eventual pots and tie off, then tie to high rail in greenhouse. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, then can be tied onto individual string or wound up string. Advantage is that you don't have dangerous sticks to poke yourself with - disadvantage is that the pot is less 'mobile', but if you decide to move the pot outside you can tie it to the branch of a tall shrub, just need to be an octopus to do it. I use this method to grow beans up a fence, and last year tried it with pumpkins, and that worked a dream. Just used thin rope rather than string.

Conifer Hedge dead or alive.

Posted: 27/01/2012 at 17:03

I've noticed that some gardeners tend to cut conifers back to dead wood, which then can't recover.  I did it with one of mine which was in the way of the step leading off the patio, so in the end it had to come down.  Perhaps if you leave them untrimmed at the place they are brown, or use them as a frame to grow a vine or creeper over rather than pulling them down.  I think they must be like lavender, once you cut past the live wood it won't recover.

Plants still in flower

Posted: 27/01/2012 at 16:56

I live in the East Midlands (cold in the winter - hot in the summer...well that's what folk reckon anyway) but I have marigolds in flower and my snowdrops and some crocus are in flower.  I just dread to think how many bugs will survive.  In the autumn we had lots more ladybirds than I had ever seen in the garden, but this week I have seen midges in flight, and a blue bottle, plus several 'bishy barnaby' (as they call ladybirds in Norfolk - lovely name for them).  Last week about ten miles away I saw a garden full of lady's smock. 

Talkback: Unwelcome wildlife

Posted: 27/01/2012 at 16:48
I really could have written your article Adam...I feel just the same about many things, well except for the slugs and snails, who are welcome to stay in the wild part of my garden, to encourage hedgehogs and thrushes to the banquet they provide, but I have been watching our 'squirrel free' bird table this afternoon, and three starlings dessimated the food we'd put out in just a few seconds. Then a woodpigeon found the holly berries I had left for the fieldfare and such-like. At the end of the day we are only keepers of our little plots, and in the same way that we nurture flowers and pull the 'weeds' which are only flowers in the wrong place,so we try and form our space into havens for wildlife and h'e'aven for us. Keep up the good work.
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