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Talkback: Mullein moth

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 01:49

I was very proud of my mullion moth caterpillers on the verbascum, only to look on the homepage here where they say destroy them with sprays, why ever do that?



Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 19:51

Thank you Bekkie, I have to go on laptop for pm, tablets dont do it

I will pm tomorrow.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 17:31

I have taken photo's of the perenials I will be splitting and rooting later.

I dont find basil does well once opened for too long, and definitely not parsnips. 

I will have a gorgeous yellow aquilegia, direct from the Eden project, somehow a seed head just fell into my bag as I walked passed it!

Another plant ID please!

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 17:23

I had Goditia like that last year.

seedling id

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 02:13

Close up they both look the same to me, both quite furry, is that a few white fly on the second leaf up on the left? 

Would wallflower or forget me nots be that big at the moment? I am not sure but Nut is usually correct.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 02:07

How lovely, I had some caterpillers from the mullion moth on my verbascum, but the home page of this site says to spray them and kill them, I was carefully working around them, quite proud I had got them.

seeds in compost

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 01:58

And if you can get the men in your family to water the compost, so much the better!!

I dont put anything to do with potato or tomato on  my compost bins because however long you leave it, they will shoot up all over the garden. We fuss about with our tomato plants but just watch one free in the garden. Romps away.

Mike is right about keeping it turned, it will also deter rats, they hate to be disturbed. We only do ours once a week or so .

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 01:50

Good post Mike, I live on the edge of Dartmoor where they used to burn it off, because it kills everything, and I think its poisonous to sheep, havent seen it done for a few years now, dont think they are allowed, but it definitely killed off chunks of our conifer, it s not the same as the ferns and the spores can cause cancer, I wouldnt have it around children when it releases them. 


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 01:38

Verduns right, they flower right through till first frosts, so plenty of time for more buds to come and they will be stronger plants for it too.

Options for improving soil nutrients

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 01:35

A compost bin will never smell nasty, once it gets going its a lovely smell, but you do need two and then some bags to store it in, you never put cooked food in but i expect you know that.

Our garden centre sells well rotted farmyard manure quite cheap, but if you know a farmer, he will probably give you some.  If its well rotted down, you can dig it straight into your patch.

I have to do everything on the cheap as well, its surprising what you can scrounge from friends and neighbours, or swap plants and veg.

Good luck with your venture, you will love it once you get underway.

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