Sue Higham

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Talkback: Leafcutter bees

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 20:44

Learn to put your trust in bees.  They are far more intelligent than the majority of humans - they aren't the ones responsible for putting the food source of the world in jeopardy.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 22:34

Took my daughter for a birthday treat - Monty Don at Edinburgh Fringe. Knew it would hit the spot. What's more honest or essential than your relationship with the soil?  Sore knees? Dirty hands? No fingernails to speak of? Perfect sanity.

Nasty Painful Bites !!

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:52

"I am off walking in the Outer hebrides on Monday"

OH, LUCKY, LUCKY YOU, New Boy2!  After the most memorable experience of my life (after having my babies!) and aboard the Calmac Ferry from Tarbert to Uig I watched the the boat split a pod of porpoises and all around us were the most beautiful Tammienorries ..... Puffins!

Enjoy every moment!! 

... and - Skin So Soft - YES!!! It's the only thing I use and I never travel without it!  The day I got bitten in my own garden I'd forgotten to lather myself with it - stupid!

... and - I've not been getting email notifications either.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:09

Thanks Bob

I needed netting which would allow pollinators in as there were strawberries in the same bed, but now they're finished and due to be moved so, after a thorough underleaf search of the brassicas, I can tighten up my defences against the pigeons which sit in the apple trees ... drooling.  Looking forward to next spring's harvest - I rather fancy pigeon pie with broccoli  

I also strategically placed a tray of left over 'sacrificial' brassicas which seem to have attracted some (at least) of the butterflies attention!  



Posted: 07/08/2013 at 13:59

Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere - and also sorry if a half finished version of this ends up on the forum - it disappeared from sight halfway through writing and I can't find it anywhere!

New veggie patch this year and everything is doing so well - can hardly keep up with the produce - what a year!

On 16 May I sowed broccoli and sprout seeds - both varieties were potted on twice before planting out on 11 July.  5 weeks on, while the sprouts are making 'steady' progress, they are dwarfed by the broccoli which is now 2ft tall. I'll have to stake them soon. They're Suttons seeds and not a named variety.Twice the size of Monty's, they are ..... that's a first!    

Anyone else out noticed the same?  Will the plants outgrow themselves and not have enough oomph to get through winter?  Is it just down to this wonderful summer ..... which has also resulted in a hell of a job trying to keep the cabbage whites out - 2 layers of netting is no deterrent at all!  

All responses gratefully received. 

Nasty Painful Bites !!

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 19:36

New Boy 2 - sounds like gnats! You're not aware of actually being bitten till a few hours later. I had 2 bites on my leg, one on my back, one just under my eye - my face just looked like a tammienorrie's for a few days (although they are much more attractive!)

Help! Health of Red Pepper Plant in Greenhouse

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 11:40
Thanks Bob ... already going down the solar panel/fan route for a heat sink - cavity there, just need to fill it! The greenhouse does have automatic roof vents (a godsend!) but I think I've been too cautious with the side louvres given the wide range of temperatures we've had over the last couple of weeks. Will leave them open from now on - I'm learning all the time!

Help! Health of Red Pepper Plant in Greenhouse

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 12:24
Bob - would love to have posted a photo but there's a glitch on the forum site which means that when I'm signed in there are no formatting buttons shown - they're all there when I'm not signed in though! Have reported it.

Thanks for your help but it's not looking good. The shiny black areas on the plant yesterday are, today, growing fur coats and I noticed the same on the yellow pepper and chilli. It looks like Botyritis so I've binned them all before it spreads to all my toms. As I said, it's my first greenhouse season and I'm learning as I go how to control the ventilation - humidity has been very high after the sun has gone down, but as it's been going down to 7-8oC at night I closed the louvres to keep it a bit warmer. Mistake!

KEF Cannot sign in

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 12:18
My problem is this ... how come, when I'm typing in this box, and not signed in, all the formatting buttons are shown? When I am signed in - as of right now - there are no formatting buttons showing!! Weird. Please can you sort it out?

Incidentally, I had the same problem as Pampus a couple of weeks ago - nearly drove me mad it did - but I had no problems signing in on the following day. As far as I remember, I think I just ignored the 'Forgotten Password' bit on the left of the page and went to the usual log in on the right hand side and it worked, but .... technology being what it is, that could all change tomorrow.....

Help! Health of Red Pepper Plant in Greenhouse

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 09:33
I'm new to greenhouse gardening and just noticed black areas on my red pepper plant where the flower stem meets the main stem ... It looks like some kind of rot, to me. Can't find any info or images on line - is this likely to run riot through all my peppers, chillis and tomatoes? Or should I just remove the affected flower stems - or the affected plant? All help gratefully received!

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