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swarms of flies in compost

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 12:14

Hi,

i have recently been lucky to be able to collect a large amount of food waste (fruit & veg, often quite  lot of bananas/ banana skins) for the composter on my allotment. I'm sure i will have lots of lovely compost before too long, however when i lift the lid to add more, i am plagued by a huge number of flies, swarms! I'm sure they're just fruit flies or similar, but it is very unpleasant.

my guess is i need to add more brown waste, cardboard/ newspaper, twiggy cuttings will this be sufficient or is there something else i should do? i shall i just tolerate and count my blessings when i have heaps of lovely rich compost?

i have been composting for years and do understand the principles, haven't had this prob before so realise it must be a consequence of the fruit waste. expert advice from you lovely GWers gratefully received. 

Suggestions for white late summer flowers

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:44

Wonderful suggestions, thank you all very much!

Suggestions for white late summer flowers

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:34

My garden is predominantly white/ pale colours, early in the season I have lots of white lupins, geraniums, foxgloves and usually delphiniums but they haven't come up this year. I've also recently added a white verbascum, nicotiana and cosmos. However, from about now to the end of the season it's lacking.... All the flowers I love have finished Apart from a white hydrangea and a few cosmos & nicotiana.

do you fellow Gardeners have any suggestions for white flowers that are in flower from July through to august / September?

new flower spikes on verbascum?

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 20:21

many thanks

new flower spikes on verbascum?

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:21

I have several verbascum chiaxi album, the flower spikes are pretty faded now so I'm cutting them back. Do they throw up new spikes after pruning?

Calla Lily

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 22:48

I do hope this proves to flourish as a memory of your fellow, neighbouring gardener. 

What a delightful way of us all to remember each other  

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/47972.jpg?width=555&height=350&mode=max

 

Peach tree

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 21:11

Hello thisisme,

peaches and nectarines can be a bit fussy, not liking damp and will need some protection. whereabouts in the country are your folks as this may be a consideration?

I've just noticed the date of your message (even though it's come up on recent threads/ replies...)

If not too late, i really think going to an RHS garden to ask the experts at one of their Grow Your Own or Fruit Festivals is the best place to get advice and buy a good specimen. 

If you're not too far from the south, the Brogdale Collection (National Fruit Collection  in Kent) might be an option. they have festivals and themed open days for all kinds of fruit, and can offer excellent advice on which variety to choose, positioning and care.

I'm sure the website offers this too if you are further afield, and I'm sure they would be very helpful to email/ phone enquiries.

All the best,

SLG

http://brogdalecollections.co.uk/index.html

 

home grown raspberries ready to eat

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:57

Thank you experts!

I must admit, my favourite way to enjoy raspberries is just to graze on them straight off the canes whilst I'm out in the garden... haven't had any wiggly ones as yet thankfully!

Organic slug control

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:48

I have a number of hostas... far fewer than I started out with:

coffee grounds- unless very dry and continuously refreshed (dry!) not much of a deterrent

crushed egg shell/ gritty stuff- plants seem to disappear from within... slugs unlike snails, can live underground and surface within a protective ring!

pellets! you can get organically certified, so they'll kill the slugs and snails and not anything that subsequently eats them.  I have come to the conclusion that this is the only effective defense.

I haven't yet tried nematodes, but am considering. I have recently started using a garlic spray/ wash to deter as I have several large shrubs that snails seem to launch themselves onto from all manner of other launchpads/ amble onto from nearby or overhanging plants, so pellets on ground not much use. Have yet to determine the effectiveness of this.

Having spoken to a specialist Hosta grower at one of the flower shows (yes... I was the 50 millionth person to ask..),  judicious use of pellets and garlic wash are the answer!

home grown raspberries ready to eat

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:35

HI,

Some fruit & fragile salads i don't wash (i grow organically) unless i have guests... i would hope if eating at a friend's house a reasonable standard of hygiene, so I offer the same standards I would hope for... However, when for my own consumption alone, some of the more delicate leaves, and raspberries in particular seem so fragile, that washing/ rinsing turns to mush. Minute crawlies that i can't see without my glasses I'm willing to ignore, however I've just read something about a raspberry maggot type thing... urrghhh... should i be more careful and wash everything? How to wash raspberries without making jam?

 

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i hate flies!

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swarms of flies in compost

every tiem i tke off the compost lid, i have to stand back fro a minute or so as there are so, so many flies 
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Suggestions for white late summer flowers

Suggestions for white late summer flowers 
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new flower spikes on verbascum?

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