Steve Worthing

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Fuchsia Gall Mite

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 20:18


Anyone had any dealings with Gall mite on fuchsias. I think this is effecting all my fuchsia plants. Reading up about it, there are no pesticides or nematodes that can deal with it. The only possible chance is if the plants get below 5c in winter which might kill the mite which also may kill the plant as they are semi hardy. But the only other option is to burn them and start again . But seeing as all my plants have it i thought i may as well prune a couple back to see if that helps and wait till winter. I have used a general pesticide on them.

Anyone had any luck with treating it? thank you

Slippery decking

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 01:15

Non-eco friendly solution is a bleach/water mix scrubbed in with a broom, left on for 30 mins then sprayed off. Kills off any algae/moss that is causing the slippyness

Bossy Birds!

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 01:05

 Had a few trying to be boss, then the real Boss turned up!

New veg for raised bed

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 20:42

I grown some Asparagus peas in a section of my raised beds, but i really don't like them So thinking of pulling them up and putting something else in.

So my question to the Gardeners world peeps is , what can i put in there at this late stage to harvest say Sept time?

I  already grow all the salad crops and peppers/chillies and beans.


Thanks gang

Black Spot and Pear Rust

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 20:39

Hey gang,

Not surprising after a rather soggy winter, my small pear tree has rust and my roses have Black spot. Does anyone know of a treatment that can get rid of both. So far i have found a fungicide for Black spot but i don't think it can be used on food crop plants. 

Many thanks in advance


Raised beds

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 11:26

Daisymay, mine were a little bit bigger so i had to buy in some topsoil (nearly 2 tons) I think the cheapest way to do it would be a mix of any topsoil you have spare and then use B&Q compost (if you don't mind using stuff from peat) 125lt is £6 a bag, so around 4-5 bags might do you. As for drainage raised beds lose water quickly so drainage isn't really necessary. But i would line the bottom & sides with plastic sheeting to stop it leaking out onto your patio and help with water retention.



Raised beds

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 22:35

 Made mine out of old decking boards, less than an hour to put together...filling them however takes a bit longer

Raised Veg beds design & construction

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 22:36

I built mine from unwanted decking boards, see the thread for pics

Worked really well and still look in good nick

Aubergine woes

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:45

Thanks Kef,

Ah i fed them to soon (thus the lovely plants )

I will keep them inside for a bit longer next time, i have a south facing patio which hopefully should be warm enough for them. The strange thing is the 1 fruit i did get was from a plant in the shade??

How to build your own raised beds

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:41

Well i have just pulled , tha last remaining bits out of them. I have to say they have worked brilliantly, providing a range of crops all summer. although i have learnt that you can't grow any kind of squash in them, as they tend to escape

James (sorry for the late reply) i bit the bullet and bought soil in (just off 2 tonnes for around £120) I thought to my self that to justify it, that i would have to have at least 100 salads from them (bags salads in the supermarket are about £1.50) to break even for this year, which i managed with ease, as well as all the other veg harvested from it.

I topped them up a bit with compost from B&Q. I'm not growing anything in them over winter . So going to get some horse manure to spread over the top which i will mix in , in spring. Then after that put some mushroom compost over the top just before i plant out.

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Fuchsia Gall Mite

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New veg for raised bed

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Before the big harvest lets discuss what works and what ups up in disaster  
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Good Deal 
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Climbing Roses

Can you suggest a good one 
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Building Rockeries

Advice please  
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