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Is this a bug or disease?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:12

Yeah I scratched and damaged the leaves picking them out, didn't read what bob said till after I'd done that. 

Ants on plants

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 18:57

^ hehehe

Is this a bug or disease?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 17:28

Yep that is exactly what it is thanks! I google so many different things and didn't come up with anything like it -- thanks again

What next after onions & garlic are harvested?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 09:40

You can definitely plant the fast growing things like lettuce, spinach, mustard and various herbs including chives, coriander things like that. Potatoes you can keep sowing through to the end of August.

It's a bit late for most things, but I've sown this late, you just end up with smaller plants and not much yield. I've started tomatoes, pumkins, courgettes and sweetcorn this late, last year. 

If you're able to make a poly-type cover or glass cover (maybe not this year but in the future) you can extend the growing season a tad, by about a month. Mainly because many plants, at the end of their cycle, need heat to ripen fruits and veg, not actual sunlight at that point. Eventually, about October time, the shorter days make the covered beds/green houses too cold for most stuffs.

Me Vs Slugs

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 09:30

Yes they can move quite fast when they want to as well! I just put mine live in to the compost bin. Just yesterday I was collected slugs and snails out the poly tunnel, and you have to empty it quick, I literally just moved a few pots, and when I looked at he bucket, the snail I threw in was almost at the top of it. - They can move quick enough when they want to!

If you put food waste in the bin, they love that and will stay around the bin for the most part. Garlic spray works a treat too, they really dislike it. You just crush two cloves and stick them in a spray bottle and leave for 24hrs. Its said to last three days if the leaves don't get wet. I do mine more often than that tho. Even though it is rotting garlic water you're spraying, it give a really nice scent around the garden. Bit like when you walk through wild garlic on forest floors.

Ants on plants

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 09:26

Yeah it's the aphids they want. It's really quite fascinating to watch them. They will take over the aphids eventually, and actually start moving them around like cattle. In my garden last year you could see a spinach I let run to seeds, covered in them in the morning, and by the even, nothing. That happened for days in a row. They eventually moved on to other plants, and I had to squish them. The ants usher them around like we do farm animals. Its quite surreal.

Is this a bug or disease?

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 09:19

I noticed a few days ago, on the leaves, these white trace lines. Look a bit like tape worm, but it is damage on the leaf, not an actual worm, It almost looks like a tiny bug is inside the leaf and burrowing a little tunnel. It's developing at a very slow rate. I can't see a bug anywhere. 

I wonder if its one of those things like slugs, they'll attack the plant, but the plant will still be fine. Should I be worried or not? The sprouts are due to come in to harvest in September.

The sprouts are living at ground level in a spade deep compost bed, with thick heavy sticky clay soil around them. The garden is prone to white powdery mildew, grey mould and mosaic virus thing. I get those every year. Not sure if this info is useful - just thought I mentioned it! 


Are my roses sick?

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:10

My yellow rose bush (think its run to the sun) has produced normal yellow roses and some orangey. I just wondered about this as I've recently read stripey tulips are really just tulips with a virus.

It's probably nothing to worry about, but just in case there is something I should do at this point, thought I'd ask. 

It lives in heavy thick clay soil (they kind you could fire straight out the ground!) and has been producing yellow roses for at least 8 years.. possible another 8 or so before I got here too. This is the first time I've noticed the orangey - reddish tinge.

Need couple bits of advice about tomato growth?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 11:53

They mostly all have proper leaves. Most are baby plants at this stage. Like what you'd see at bootsales.. kind of size. They all have tomato smell now too. 

But having looked around, there are loads more just out of the seed - seedlings too. They just keep on coming! I honest to god thought they were basil (I let run to seed last year) for about a month! haha  

I don't have the amount of pots needed. I'm growing all sorts of things. If they had of been basil like I thought, they'd have been fine crowded like that.. I wouldn't need half the space I need for toms. 

BUT -- some good news. The church are going to take a dozen off my hands and raise a tiny bit of cash for themselves in the process. If it goes well they'll take more, and there's other weekly events over there that I could (hopefully) sell some on at too. I don't mind buying a bulk of 9cm pots - but really can't afford a 100 plus large ones, plus compost.

Need couple bits of advice about tomato growth?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 10:47

First Beef tomatoes:

I have 2 beef tomato plants in a large-ish pot. I planned to separate them as they got bigger. They're only 20/maybe 25 cm high and gone in to flower! I'm worried I've stumped their growth -- but half hoping, they keep on flowering through the growth and this is nothing to worry about! --- any thoughts?

Neat n' Sweet cherry toms

in April about 150 seedlings sprouted in a few pots left from last year. Even though they've been growing this whole time, the largest is still only around 15cm high, and the rest are barely 10cm.. I'm certain my shop bought seeds grew twice as fast as this. I have the smallest in seed trays, some in small, medium and large pots. - I'm still finding new ones sprouting up... I'm just a bit miffed by the slow growth - even of the ones that have plenty of room to grow.

The strange thing is, the ones I left in the pot are SUPER crowded, you cannot see between them. But they are the largest and seem to be thriving!. The depth of the soil must be the reason. I'd like to understand how tomatoes think, if possible! haha

Thanks in advance.

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Mine looks like its going to blow away today! 
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Moving thick heavy clay to another part of garden?

I have a cheats plan.. sort of. 
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Can you identify this for me please?

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Didn't harvest in time :( 
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for future use 
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Grey n green not doing it for me hehe 
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