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Posted: 20/11/2012 at 15:47
Give mildewed plants the Cleopatra treatment. A diluted spray of milk ( 10% but not more than 30%) to leaves is a brilliant protection but a much less effective remedy. Remove the most diseased leaves (and burn them) but not more than 30% of entire plant's foliage or it will weaken it too much. Spray both sides of the leaves and then feed the roots with a seaweed elixir.

The milk dilution works for grapes, roses, raspberries and dahlias. No one certain why it inhibits the mildew growth but beware the milk promotes a different mould if the concentration is above 30% dilution. It may be a protein or it may be the bacteria in the milk that works.HTH


Posted: 13/10/2012 at 15:24
Flowering Rose I know where at least one drunken lout of a blackbird is. He is busy stripping my grapevine of immature grapes. His alarm call is driving me to distraction because other blackbirds are trying to get to the bar. I have issued numerous ASBO's (Anti-social Blackbird Orders) which consist of me rushing outside clapping my hands and waving my arms like a thing possessed.

He just flies off across the garden and continues his car alarm squawks at us all from there

Talkback: Growing autumn cyclamen

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 13:02
Sorry, that should read Cedrus Deodara not Odorata (presumptious iPad chooses what it likes best )

Talkback: Growing autumn cyclamen

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 12:53
Cyclamen are such pleasant surprises. They mind their own business all summer and just when you've forgotten them ...up they come in September. I love the way they curl and twist the seeds to the ground.

Mekon look-alikes so true! Hehehe. Maybe I should plant them in an old wok in homage to their favoured vehicles?

Mine live very happily in the needles under a cedrus odorata where little else 'dares'.

Talkback: September in the garden

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 09:01
As usual in gardening 'it's an I'll wind that blows no good'. Just like Kate I have found some plants have not made a show (acidanthera and Libertia etc) either through poor light level, low temps but some have defied the snails and the elements and some are the sun-lovers that like dry feet.

The lavender is still covered in buff tailed bees and great white butterflies so remains untrimmed. The grape vine has made an Hussain Bolt for the next county (grapes are still green bullets sadly) and surprisingly the passiflora is heavy with fruit and flowers. I can see four Red Admirals warming up and doing cockpit checks for take-off on the buddleia which has been flowering since April. Some you win some you lose.

Off to enjoy and celebrate this summer's garden winners.

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 12:41
Sorry James - I renamed you Colin for no good reason???

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 12:39
Try Cornel University vegetablemdonline web page Colin as it has pictures you can compare the blotches to.


What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 01:17
Heads up! The slugs and snails carry a bacteria that can cause meningitis. If you get slimed hands rub them with dry salt before washing them.

They also carry lungworms which are harmful to pets and if you live near sheep pasture and water courses some snail species carry liver flukes which can infect humans.

TOP TIP try leaving the dead snails in the middle of the patio it will draw the slugs and snails out,as they are decay cleaners and reabsorb each other, so in the night you can gather large numbers of them easily in one convenient pile.

Plants for wildlife

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 12:51
Swirls of butterflies don't appear down here until mid to late July. Our local authority has stopped micro-managing parks and verges and left grasses and wild flowers for four summers now and it has made a big difference.

The sound of beetles whirring and crickets fiddling usually comes any time now. Usual background noise to watching tennis but last night it was just mozzies!

Plants for wildlife

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 11:42
Could not be happier! After despairing that I never could get toads to help me garden I just found one! He or she was at home in a potted Aspidistra I had abandoned to its fate outside behind the conservatory (snails just adore it and it keeps them of the lilies).

I tried log piles, which certainly the snails, slugs and centipedes appreciated; I tried water features and marginals and no toads but who'd- a-thunk-it an ASPIDISTRA in a pot did the trick.

I could kiss that never know!

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