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i hate flies!

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 20:21

My pet hate about spring & summer, is the number of small flies around the house. fruit flies in the kitchen, others in the sitting room, dropping in for a swim in my wine.... hate them. 

i bought a pack of plug-in blue light things, quite cheap from a well known DIY store- they are totally useless! what I wonder is what really works? i do try and keep fruit in the fridge, keep things that are out covered etc. But these pesky flies drive me crazy. 

do carnivorous plants actually work, or would i have to have enough to turn my home into a jungle for them to be effective?

the blue light thing... i think the plug in things i have are just lights with a bit of blue plastic, whereas i think what professional kitchens and butcher shops tend to have is something more than this... not sure what.

GWers- what's your best defense against small flies around wine glasses and in the kitchen?

swarms of flies in compost

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

thank you both for your advice, much appreciated!

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  


 

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!

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