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Talkback: Carrot fly

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 06:28

It's true - carrot fly cannot reach above about 18 ins but most important, when thinning or picking carrots try not to disturb the foliage too much and NEVER leave a bit of leaf laying on the ground.  Pick up every scrap and take it far away from the remaining carrots.  The broken foliage gives off a heavy scent which the fly picks up on. 

I put my carrots between tall growing veg like sprouts and haricot vert and take a softly, softly approach to thinning, harvesting and weeding around them.  I also grow a row of marigolds alongside.  So far this seems to work for me.


Posted: 19/06/2012 at 06:18

Found this on YouTube which shows the skimmer being put into a pool.  Obviously the hose doesn't screw into the side of your pond, it comes out from under.  It's exactly the same make we used.


Posted: 19/06/2012 at 06:10

I wouldn't make a fortune now - I've just told everyone

We got our pump and skimmer from the classified ads and it was peanuts as the owner had a leak in his pool which he couldn't fix so dumped the pool and just sold off the pump etc.  I'm sure you could do something similar.  If you need further info on how to set it up etc. let me know and I'll get hubs to tell you what he did.  I wish I had some photos.


Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 05:59

Good morning and a big thank you to everyone who has helped on this, especially Dovefromabove for helping me with my seed situation.  Hopefully I'll have a garden full of sweet rocket next year.  We sat out last night until about 10pm with a glass or three of ribena and the scent was wonderful.  It will be such a shame when the plant finally has to go under the concrete. 

Hollie-Hock - Yes, our Alfie is a joy.  It was his birthday last week.  A big 9 so now he's about the same age as me, but I wish I could run around the same as he does.  Unhappily he will be our last dog now and he's been the absolute best.  Everyone loves him.  We rescued him at six months old - a scrawny, smelly bag of bones who was found wandering on his own and couldn't walk on his back legs properly because he was so poorly.  Now look at him. 




Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:45

When we had our last pond and were buying plants we had to rinse out the plants very carefully as they had bits of duckweed stuck in their roots but occasionally a bit got through.  So, we installed a skimmer and pump from an old above ground swimming pool - no digging required as the water was skimmed off the surface and went through the filter and was pumped back into the pond via a hose - just as if it was on the swimming pool.  Hubs had to make a bracket to get the skimmer into the water but that was easy enough. It was portable so didn't have to remain there all the time.

Just an hour or two now and then would clear the pond of any duckweed, leaves and rubbish which had floated down and inbetween we would use a net to clean the surface.

It's just an idea and may help.



Making a woodland garden

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:36

I once bought some Yellow Rattle seeds as the plants are supposed to suppress the growth of grass.  I put them in the wildflower bit at the end of my garden but I'm afraid nothing happened.  I obviously did something wrong. 

But, maybe you could try and get better results.  I believe either Tichmarsh or Monty were talking about Yellow Rattle just recently - but I have many senior moments these days and cannot remember the programme.



Cabbage 'Greyhound'

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:32

I'm sorry you have lost your crop, Yarrow2.  I doubt you would want to eat anything which has mould.  Me neither.  Hang on before ripping out the beetroot though.  They are pretty tough.

I'm wondering if your soil is slightly too acid as you are in Scotland.  Also you have put in manure (from either horse or cow which has been feeding on acidic grown grass) and top soil from your garden I presume.  You could invest in a soil test kit to be sure.

Our soil here is very much the same as there are lots of conifers woods, bracken and rhodies out in the wild.  I lime my veggie plot every autumn, then top with cow manure and let it over winter.  I've never had the soil tested but I'm guessing the acidity level is right down now as my "greens" do very well.

Please have another go as there's nothing like the taste of fresh veg straight from the garden. 

Jerusalem Artichokes

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:22

I hope you have a big garden , Andrew , as you'll be inundated with them in a couple of years.  I have then up against a fence towards the end of the garden and treat them just as a screen.  I love them to eat but of course the side effects are not congenialto married life.

They are not called fartichokes for nothing.

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:14


Who's taking the bets..... ?

Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:11

I bought some plants a couple of years ago and put them in the bog garden hoping they would spread around.  Next year zilch.  Not even the original plants.  C'est la vie...

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