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Beetroot pest

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 10:45

Field voles? AKA short tail vole.

Talkback: Moles

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 23:34

II wish I had a solution because twisted ankles and falls are a real issue. Most activity happens out of sight.

I think gardens and allotments take more of a hit because the soil condition is improved: providing more invertebrate food for the moles. My last garden was compacted subsoil clay with no loam or worms, and thus no moles.

If someone has experienced moles they could not say plant flowers and shrubs to be stunted and die though lack of root development and water.

If you grow your own and are invaded, you find fruit bushes that do not fruit, onions and vegetables stunted, seeds and seedlings vanish, beans that just suddenly wilt midseason, carrots and parsnips that turn into spikey spiders, brassica that do not form hearts (they need firm soil), and more. And this happens out of sight.

A suggestion I will try this year is to set open plastic bottles 2/3 into the ground. The wind blowing over the top is supposed to make an annoying noise.






Posted: 18/08/2013 at 15:15

Nadine is another 2nd early salad potato that is reliable. Despite no rain here and only earthing up once I got 32kg from 2kg seed. Plant March, eat June - 90 days. Charlotte is a good one.

I tend to do most earlies as wireworm and blight seem to hit late July/Aug in here in the SW.

You are supposed to lift earlies when ready, but main crop varieties can be left in the ground to lift as you require through autiumn,

Best idea is to plant a few different.good seed potatoes in succession, and keep them nicely spaced.


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