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Steve 309

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Posted: 13/09/2014 at 22:22

G'night all

Won't be around for a bit - two sailing trips coming up - gardening can wait!

 Happy digging


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 17:12

Unfortunately, Lesley, I (a) have a lot to carry (b) have to be there by tomorrow afternoon and (c) am terminally lazy.  And (d) my bike is 200 miles away.  Great idea otherwise 

Now, Monty said to take Pelargonium cuttings now so I'll try that and see if my success rate is better than last year.


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 12:24

Hi all - hope you're all having a good weekend

I'm all scrubbed up for Mum's guest and about to work out how to get to Plymouth using the minimum fuel....


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 12:16

You might not get brilliant stuff from just food waste.  Also use weeds (no pernicious roots or seeds), grass cuttings, old plants, shredded paper & cardboard, any horse, cow or chicken manure you can get hold of and wee on it.  Mix it all up from time to time.

If it works perfectly it'll get hot and start steaming in a few days; turn it at three-weekly intervals and it'll be ready before the autumn is out.  More likely it won't: turn it in a month or two, and again in the winter - you'll have good stuff in the spring when you need it.

Have fun!

Autumn raspberry leaves

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 00:41

In fact this paper lists them as both being members of the Symphyta, which is presumably a suborder of the Hymenoptera.

Tbh I've never heard of this lot, other than the goosberry one; my original comment was a guess!

If they are sawflies they will pupate in the soil after dropping off the leaves.  If you cut the canes down as soon as they die off instead of waiting till February, and stir up the surface  of the soil a bit (gently cos the roots are shallow) you'll probably expose some of the little beggars and provide some winter bird food.  And delay mulching next spring for the same reason.  (A guess - or perhaps extrapolation from what you do on gooseberries).

If they reappear next year (or indeed are still active now) you might try spraying with garlic emulsion, or simply water - might discourage them.

Autumn raspberry leaves

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 00:38 would guess that the small raspberry sawfly probably is a relative of the gooseberry sawfly.....

Dinner Party Guest (who would you invite?)

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 23:53

OOh yes - Felicity Kendal.  But if we're going for physical attributes....

Autumn raspberry leaves

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 23:35

Wow!  They have been munched, haven't they?!  I wonder if a relative of the dreaded gooseberry sawfly might be responsible?  Can you see any beasties on there?

Dinner Party Guest (who would you invite?)

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 23:17


Monty Don

Dose this look ready for harvesting?

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 22:39

Are those enormous ones really any good to eat?  I've had lots of smaller squashes which are yummy but are these a bit marrowish?

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