Latest posts by marshmello

weed killer!

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 22:17

I've poured salt onto the crushed and bruised remains of Dock, which I can never dig out .....and the baby leaves that were left are now dead. Hopefully the root is too.


Posted: 16/06/2013 at 22:08

Yes, now is fine. I sow mine in a 50/50 sharp sand mix in boxes off the ground. So don't have that bother with the fly now.

Cleaning out a pond

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:54

Lovely pond !!

I used to have 2 ponds in my garden. The fish pond was in full sun and always went green and a bit of a battle at times. And the wildlife pond was in shade from 11am onwards......and I could always see to the bottom of it - crystal clear water.

You should try the plank idea for a few weeks, if you don't have kids. Starve the algae of its food source, the sun. See if you can rid the water of its green hue. It might still look cloudy but with hand filtering and partial water changes this would improve in time.

No, the plank idea won't look attractive but experiments never do. It could give you a direction in which to follow from here. But don't cover the lilies or oxygenating though - they need full sun.


Posted: 16/06/2013 at 20:19

lol Nope, is the shortest answer. Just pick 20 and eat at once. 


Posted: 16/06/2013 at 20:16

I got pest control in, to sort a fox problem at the allotment - there was a den next door in a neighbouring garden and the mess it left behind was unbelievable. Pest control's solution was to spray the the area with the scent of a dominate fox every two weeks for 6 weeks. To my surprise, it worked a treat and the fox moved out. 

I did ask if it could be caught and released. The answer was no.

Tried the male urine didn't work ! Nor did human hair, collected from the hairdressers.

Tomato mosaic virus

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 21:16

Good greenhouse hygiene should be followed regardless. You wouldn't eat food from a dirty kitchen, so why would you grow food in a dirty greenhouse. It should be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.

The local school has a greenhouse and the pupils grow various flowers/veg. It annoys me every time I pass, to see the filth that no one thinks too clear.

Identifying beneficial insect larvae

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 19:40

Found a website which identifies a lot pests and diseases,

Not sure if it's exactly what you were looking for, but it's worth a look.

Identifying beneficial insect larvae

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 19:33

Is this of any help to you Chapelgirl.....Scroll down to ---- Garden pests of britain and europe, this maybe helpful.


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 17:59

Still to young to start producing fruit and sound like their too hot or not enough light...or both. Pot them on into their final 10L pots, if you haven't already. Push a cane into the pot or make a frame with net and tie in. 

Image taken last week.



 I have also shaded the opposite side of the roof to provide cover from the sun 11am-3pm, otherwise the miniature fruit burn off.

Taken yesterday night.



Oh, and when uploading your pictures clik save regardless of that picture tile that appears - the image will be on the post. Not enlarging but, hey ho !!

They will do !


Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:48

I'd say that was quite a normal reaction - new environment with a big shadow hovering above - yeh, scary stuff if your fish !!

It's all a matter of trust, these fish will be a bit scared......and messing about with the pond will not have helped. Throw a little food in and move away from the pond but still near enough to see whats going on. You'll probably find they'll eat it - this might ease your mind a little.

If you have time sit by the pond side, so the fish can get to know you and recognise you as a friend. Feeding at a set time helps, I've found.

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