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anaemic cabbages

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 15:32

Hi, My single row of Elisa F1 Hybrid ball type cabbage suitable for                          cole slaw are fine, the ones with the pointed whitish mottled leaves                           are Pyramid F1 Hybrid from Thompson and Morgan. Should I feed                           them with Seaweed liquid feed as it's the only liquid feed I buy?

anaemic cabbages

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 08:22

Hi, I am 100% organic and use all my own compost, plus lime for my raised cabbage bed and a little fish blood and bone as allowable nutrients. One row in particular - a pointy cabbage is very pale, whitish and looks anaemic and is quite tasteless. My kale, sprouts and cole slaw cabbage in the same bed seem fine.                                  I have seaweed liquid feed and wondered if I should use that?                                             I grow my cabbages in Halo pots for support and slug protection - but use mains water for watering (not v organic I know) Any suggestions please?

Which netting /mesh for growing brassicas?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 17:51

Come the rain I'm afraid the slugs will return. A plank left on the ground overnight may collect about twenty underneath, so a handy jar of salted water is useful.

As for rubber balls, I bought some aluminium rods and the green rubber balls many years ago and use  them for several things. i.e two four feet apart supporting peas on netting, as I can't get sticks locally; for making cages around my broad beans with string, and as support for ramming plastic sheets up against my new peas to prevent mice eating them, also with string to keep my raspberry plants from falling over. The balls safeguard the eyes. They must be ten years old, not cheap these days but are everlasting so in the long run quite a good buy.




Slugs and Hostas

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 08:36

Salt kills slugs and snails so I thought I'd add extra protection, just in case snails can swim. Some people kill them by putting salt directly on the slugs but I keep a jar of salted water and a pair of tongs and drown them. I'm afraid after all the work of gardening I am not happy when they eat my plants. I use copper rings too but find thick copper pipes with four corners, making a rigid rectangle work just as well. My lettuces stayed slug free until the leaves extended across the pipes forming a bridge so now I keep using the outer leaves first. I have mentioned before I had a copper tank cut into three inch slices, turned the top over as copper is sharp and plant my carrots and beetroot in these. Copper tools are everlasting, but pricy, but it is said that if you rake the earth with copper instead of steel, the slugs do not smell the fresh soil. My daughter buys me copper tools for Xmas from 'Implementations'. I am building up a collection.

Which netting /mesh for growing brassicas?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 08:13

I bought a reasonably priced steel cage from Two Wests and Eliot with butterfly netting (a must) three years ago. I sewed the top / shorter sides with fisherman's gut and move it every spring to one of my raised bed areas. I peg it down with tent pegs and haven't had a single caterpillar in that time, although there are many white butterflies about as I am a totally organic gardener. I also find the green 'Halo pots' useful as they help support the cabbages etc from the wind. It's taken years to build up different ways to stop the wild life from attacking my crops. I suggest you ask for slug rings for Xmas or ask around for an old copper tank and get someone to cut it into three inch sections, fold the top over (copper is sharp) and safeguard your plants this way. I never put seeds straight in the garden as I have clay soil and am steadily building up the quality with my own compost.

Slugs and Hostas

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:49

My three Hostas around my water feature were riddled with slug/snail holes but my single Hosta, balanced on a pot in my stone sink bird bath was perfect. For the front edge I bought a large blue pottery casserole dish to try as an experiment, filled it with salted water and placed my good Hosta in the middle and it is still perfect. I then bought two steel washing up bowls for the other two and will bury them to the rims creating two more moats while they re-grow. See pic


Perennial Geraniums.

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 20:47

My Johnson's blue geranium borders the length of my slate path and this evening I noticed the leaves having been eaten in strips, exactly like a lace doily as Sam F- N said.  We cut them back three weeks ago and there was a lot of new growth and fresh flowers beginning to grow but now they look sad. I am an organic gardener so I'll try the soap spray first.Thanks.

Californian Lilac

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 11:11

Hi Buzy Lizzie, I changed my name to Lewis T as that is the name I use for most internet things. My P M name came from my email address and I didn't know that  you could change it. I didn't realise the Dordogne was so wet, we often stay at Paunat with Robert in 'Le Moulin Neuf' an outstanding chambre D'hote, but our real love is the Luberon area. It's good to discuss garden problems with like minded people. Thanks.


Californian Lilac

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 09:53

Lucky you! I love the Luberon area. This is not a long term plant, it lasts a few years and then dies from the bottom up. Bear in mind the smaller the leaf the hardier the plant. The ground coverer 'Repens' spreads over everything. We had a little house in Roussillon/Apt for a short time but did a swop with our son when we became Great Grandaprents and were needed back in Wales. I planted one for him in Roussillon/Apt, as I love all blue flowers but he had to get an irrigation system installed as they go weeks without rain and then get an absolute downpour. Plants that grow well are Tamarix, Lavender, Rosemary, Iris, Syringa, and for hedging you can't beat the Elaegnus (Quicksilver) as the insignificant flowers give out a heavenly scent - watch for die back though and prune immediately. Brunneras, Heucheras, Perovskias, Achilleas, Knautias all do well in drought and Eryngiums look lovely planted with tall grasses as do the ground covering geraniums (Jackson's blue) and of course potted Pelargoniums are simply wonderful. We're visiting in May. Good luck.


How invasive is Houttuynia Cordata Flame?

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 08:58

Don't know about Houttuynia but we have been trying to get rid of Acanthus from a small perennial area with geraniums, roses, verbenas and a paeonia for two years and it keeps on popping up. Last year we had new brick path edges infilled with slate slabs surrounded by slate chips, around this bed, removed all the soil, riddled it and replaced it with the same perennials and this time it popped up above the stone edged area. It is as invasive as the bind weed which we have managed to get rid of.


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anaemic cabbages

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