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Talkback: 10 ways to deter carrot root fly

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 01:48

This year I sprinkled chopped - up leek remnants, trimmed chive stalks, and clippings from several mint clumps, all around my three rows of carrots. Turned out to be the best carrots I've grown - hardly a sign of carrot fly on them! Carrot fly can supposedly smell carrots from a mile or more away ( not sure I believe that......? ), and yes, garlic, onions etc. are supposed to hide the carrot smell. The method I used this year cost nothing and seemed to work - give it a try next year!

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:29

Thanks KEF

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:16

My Dad was a marine architect in Devonport dockyard during the war - working out the quickest and most effective ways of repairing damaged warships and getting them to sea again as soon as possible. He and Mum were buried in their house for two days when it was bombed, and lost their six-month old daughter.

Father - in - law was on a cruiser,based mainly in Devonport, and he spent a large part of the war escorting merchant convoys to Murmansk in Northern Russia - his stories ( what we could get out of him! ), were horrendous.

Their experience and stories made me aware from an early age, of the debt we owe to them and their colleagues, and also the terrible things that happened in WW 1 - these times must never be forgotten.  We owe it to all the Servicemen and women, and civilians, from those days, that our children and grandchildren are gently reminded that their present pretty comfortable lives are there thanks to those previous generations.

 

 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 18:58

Hard luck GG - but a tetanus jab is something all gardeners must have ( and top up every ten years - I think ) - the risk in the garden or allotment is higher than most people realise. With you Brumbull regarding some of the other threads.

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 11:18

As you remove lower leaves, be aware that with the sprouts themselves continuing to grow, the plant could become top-heavy, and get pushed over in strong winds. If this looks likely, stake and tie any plants that seem at risk.

Had my first sprouts nearly four weeks ago - at the rate they're growing I will be lucky to have any at Christmas! Mine are probably so advanced because I repotted the seedlings several times, and left them in the greenhouse - they were big,healthy plants went they finally went into the ground, but it just reminds me that sowing and planting out needs a fine balancing act, and this time I probably jumped the gun a little - but so what, I'm eating them, and they taste good - and that's what it's all about!

Good luck with yours Chrinnie.

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 15:58

Think I'll be back here more often - some of the other threads make me feel that I've morphed back to childhood!

Statues OR Ornaments

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:59

I like gnomes - great target practise for an air-rifle!

Winter Reading

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:57

My favourite book, which I first read over fifty years ago, is a story based in a hamlet on the Cotswold/Chiltern borders, about rural life, and self-sufficiency, the poverty of the farm workers, and the optimism that most of the inhabitants clung to. Lark Rise to Candleford, written by Flora Thompson, in 1946, when she was an old lady, and based on her childhood in the area, is just so uplifting.

I have walked the area where Flora lived, and the book springs to life - the TV programme never conveyed the magic of Flora's words. 

When I walk her lanes, or dip into the book, I am transported back to that evocative age - I feel the need to get out and get my hands dirty, and make sure that I can grow enough food to put on my plate to last me through the year, just as Flora and her parents had to.

Whatever you thought of the TV series, if you haven't read the book, then please give it a try!

Serious stuff......no! Really

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:30

Agree with you Swiss Sue - Z-cars , in the early sixties, featuring young actors, Colin Welland, Brian Blessed, and Judith Dench - it was about the only programme that dragged me away from girls and football!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 19:02

Glad to hear the visitors have gone Verdun - hopefully I will get down there in a couple of weeks. Daughter starts her next course of treatment on Thursday, so OH and I need to be around for 4 or 5 days, looking after her and the two little 'uns - looking forward to a break back home!

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