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Moonlit Hare

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Posted: 08/06/2012 at 15:41


It's the 1st time I've tried growing leeks and I'm not convinced I'm doing it right!

I started off the seed in cells and then planted them into the veggie patch.

When I transplanted they where probably 2 to 3 inches tall and basically looked like chives. I planted them so the soil from the cells where level with the ground.

They still look healthy and I'd even go as far as saying they have got a little taller but not much, I suppose really I want to know is when do they start looking like leeks and not chives. Do I need to do anything to help them along the way.

I suspect I might just be being impatient but there we go!

Thanks in advance for your help!

The Buzzing bush!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 18:47

Thanks Peeps, I've just been to have a sneeky peep and couldnt see anythign but we are still buzzing! there are a lot of bumble bees knocking around which are the wrong kind of bees for an apiery (? spelling?) I've had a look on the local bee keeping site and apparently they will just toddle off towards the end of summer and do their own thing, I just hope nobody complains about them before they get chance to go.

I suppose it's a good sign that all is well in the garden if theres a good balance of wildlife!

Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 11:53

as a little girl of maybe 3 or 4 I decided that it would be a really good thing to weed my grandads veggie patch because he was poorly. (I also thought it might earn me a packet of spangles or some other such treat, I would of settled for a bedtime story though!)

After a day of weeding with parents and grandparents keeping an eye on me from the windows I went to get gramps so he could take a look at all my hard work, it was then he realised I'd pulled up all his tiny onion shoots thinking they where grass. When he told me I burst into tears because we wouldn't have any onions that year.

Always being one to make do and mend we re planted them again in the hope they would survive. I died my eyes, got the aforementioned sweets and bedtime story for trying my best... all the rest of the patch was beautifully weeded.

Gramp managed to get lucky and ended up with all seedlings growing tall and strong!

It's over 35yrs ago now but the feeling of ruining the veggie patch has stuck with me all this time.... maybe this was the start of my caviler attitude to gardening... if can survive it's 1st year deserves to stay!

The Buzzing bush!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 11:21

It surely will be careful! I'll wait until it's a cool day and maybe not quite so active, (assuming they are bees... better safte than sorry!)

Thanks Gary,

The Buzzing bush!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 10:40

On Monday it was quite warm where we live and as we were loading up the car for a day out (about 8am) we noticed a relatively loud buzzing from the Laurel bush at the top of the drive. As I said we where on our way out and so left it, but clocked it for further inspection.

Yesterday was pretty grey and misrable but I decided to go out and just double check the bush. There was still buzzing but really quiet this time

It's approx 7 - 8ft tall and 7ft long and say 5ft wide so a decent size, and is pretty dense. There is a ginnel (pathway for those of you who are non Lancastrian) that runs the other side of the bush as a public footpath.

Now my concerns are:-

1) are these likely to be bees setting up home in there, (I was working on theory there seemed to be more activity when it as warm, I didn't look just in case it was and I might get stung)

2) because the bush is ours do we need to take responsibility for this or should it be the council because it is right next to a public foot path which is used a fair bit by dog walkers, mums and kids going to the local school down the road etc.

3) if it is our responsibility is it just easier to call the local bee keeping society? (bearing in mind I haven't looked in the bush because I don't really want to disturb bees if I don't need to)

weeping cherry tree

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 09:34

I had the same question a while back and I had the reply it was probably canker.

Gold1locks wrote (see)

Gum oozing from cherry / plum trees can be due to a variety of causes, including  infected wounds, infections (fungal, viral, bacterial),  insect infestations (borers), or cold-damaged bark. It is most likely to be bacterial canker. If so, you should prune from the end of June to August to remove infected stems to health growth below.

The ivy won't have cause the oozing directly, but it is not a good idea to leave it there as it will reduce air circulation, restrict sunlight, etc.. 

Hope this helps !

Ants in vegetable bags

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 16:46

Hi Bex,

I asked the same question about my peas, I was after a companition plant. I always feel a little easier if theres a natural to fix things, and had a reply back to say that they had managed to move on the ants by planting mint next to the peas.

(my appologies I can't remember who the reply was from, which is shocking because it was only this morning!)

They didn't say what sort of mint I'm assuming peppermint. Worth a try I recon. The only thing is Mint will rampage, so for my last 2 houses I've been really careful to keep it in a pot.

The ants will just move somewhere else but I suppose as long as it's not next to your veg patch you'll be ok.

the ants have been at my peas

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 09:44

Fantastic! thats just the answer I needed!

I'm plant shoping this weekend so I'll pick up some planters too, the peas are on the back edge of my plot with a sleeper used for banking in the soil so I'll stick a couple on the top there. I was trying to work out where I could pop some mint anyway, I love just whipping out and nipping off some leaves to make tea with.

Was there any variety in particular you used... I quite like peppermint and spearmint...

the ants have been at my peas

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 22:12
Does anyone know any companion plants to keep the ants off my pea seedlingd please?

Caster "tree"

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 20:31

Well thats a bit of a relief! Thanks pam I'd hate to loose it it adds something a bit different to the front

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