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Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:57

You really do need to go out at night with a torch and have a look, you'll be staggered by the number of them around especially during warm wet periods. I tend to deal with them by using something sharp and planting a patch of some cheap plants, that I know they like, to tempt them to a certain area (50p trays of unloved Marigolds from B&Q were this years choice). Snails get a slightly more under foot treatment.

You can also use beer traps and there's a thread on here about a flour trap somewhere. All the methods mentioned work, you just need to pick one and stick with it when there are plenty of them about.

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Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:32

It's gone very dark here too and meanacing looking clouds.

Good job I'm squirrelled away in the spare room whilst the noises from housework filter upstairs, think I'll stay here til I hear the hoover switch off... 


Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:20

Let it die back naturally so the energy from the stems goes back in to the crown, just pick up and throw away/compost any bits that fall off over winter. I've mostly left mine this year as I want to dig it up and divide it in the Spring for new plants, either then or I'll leave it if I spot a special offer for new 'barbs somewhere. 

Unknown plant

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:10

It very much does sound like Common Vetch, it came up in my Mother in Laws garden this year probably from the bird feed mix she was putting out. I find them lovely plants.




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Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:00

Afternoon all, have tried to keep up with the thread but you all move too fast for me!

Is it wrong of me to wish for bad weather over the area of Emmerdale Farm tonight? 

Weeding - a forgotten skill? Discuss ....

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 17:05

I can't say I like weeding, I do it every now and then (probably once a month both at home and at my allotment) but generally I think unless a weed is really starting to compete with a flower that I want, I'll leave it. I suppose this has come from starting to grow a wild garden on an old lawn area and seeing the bees, butterflies and moths all enjoying feeding on the flowers there.

But then again, whilst I don't enjoy it, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing neat rows of vegetables growing in lines at the allotment with nothing in between them after a day of hard work.

chocolate cosmos

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 16:21

I think they should be lifted and stored, much like dahlias or begonias, somewhere dark and dry over winter before planting out next spring. Although I haven't done this myself so someone else might have better advice.

Chilli plants - keep or chuck and start again next year?

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:51

I have one chili plant that spent last winter moving from one not particularly sunny windowsill to another, it spent this summer in the not very sunny propagator, currently it has the sum total of one small green chili growing from it after all the other flowers it produced promptly died.

I will spend this winter (more through obstination than sense) moving it around the house again in the vague hope that next summer will be glorious, and that it'll produce a bumper crop.

Sometimes, for me, gardening is a little like waiting for the ugly duckling to mature.


Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:42

I've tried growing garlic from the supermarket in the past and they haven't made good sized bulbs. This afternoon I planted Marco's cloves at the allotment and am really hoping for a decent crop, pickled garlic is my aim for next year (it's also delicious).

If there's an Unwins GC near you Alan they have a decent enough selection of garlic bulbs to choose from this year. If you order any of the seed catalogues (Suttons, T&M etc) they will have a wider variety and also details of which are more mild than others.

when is the best to mulch/improve the soil

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 21:25

Clay soil here too, I take every opportunity to add sand/grit/compost whenever I can. I wouldn't advise anyone to take any material from natural sources though.

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