susan howard2

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Have you seen one?????

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 11:03

I havent seen one Ladybird this year!!!!   I go to all the trouble of building a Ladybird Mansion in my greenhouse and  NO  ladybirds...I look like a mad lady scouring the hedgerows to see if i can find the other hand  the Cabbage whites are out in force today and im frantically netting everything and finally some BEES arrived in my garden with the sunshine so just maybe all is not lost this year

Slugs and snails

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 17:11

My Grandad has this method of slug control....Buy 4 whole garlics...crush all cloves into a bucket add skins as well   fill with water and leave to infuse overnight.....water anywhere you DONT want slugs to go  sprinkle on the skins too......This method has saved all my cabbages this year ..of course there has to be a down side...I garden stinks...and i suspect the cabbages will have a nice garlicky aroma when i get to cook them


Posted: 12/07/2012 at 16:58

This year i grew Homeland as my first earlies  They were quite small but the taste was fabulous  I would recommend them and will grow them again next year myself

Tomato leaf problems - help

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 00:00

Hi Gard  I grow tomatoes in a greenhouse...this is my method (it works for me everytime)   I plant each plant in a large bucket which has had the bottom cut out this is placed on the soil floor in the border of the house....each plant has a bottle planted beside it with the end cut off...every morning i pour half pint of water in the bottle and every evening i water the top of the plant with around a quarter of a pint of water...i feed tomatorite or similar every two weeks until the trusses appear  then feed every week through the top of the feed in the bottle.. the bottle is there to feed the tap root only...the feeding roots will be in the bucket..Tomatoes are creatures of habit and dislike changes in their routines...if i think they are being watered too much i just cut down the amount but still give at the same times every current tomatoes are forming their sixth trusses and i have now stopped them growing by pinching out the they will put their efforts into creating fruits for me...this year i am growing Gardeners Delight...Shirley..Ananas(yellow pear shape)..Citronia(orange and red striped) and Sungold...They are all behaving the same way apart from Citronia which are a little behind the rest with only three trusses......If you are overwatering the tomato plant will create a small blob of water at the stem end of the leaves...if its a magnesium problem  try powdered milk in your water for a day or two.....I dont worry too much about curly leaves it doesnt seem to affect the fruits in any way and two of my current plants have curly leaves at the moment...On the other hand my outdoor tomatoes are doing vey badly  they do not like this awful weather and neither do I  LOL

strawberry runners

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 09:04

For the new strawberry grower i can recommend an alpine strawberry called Tarpan  it will grow anywhere..  flowers are very pretty and long lasting....sends out a million runners and the fruit is very sweet and tasty...The fruits may not grow as big as other varieties but it makes up for this in the taste..Im currently growing them in hanging pots on the ground..even on the muck heap lol   propergating is so easy i leave the plantlets on the runners until they have around four leaves  then simply pick them off and plant them in pots and ive never had one fail yet

Invasion of the slippery slugs

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 20:25

Thanks everyone...Im going to try ALL your suggestions  I think though that the beer traps have to come out ..when i went to check them this morning i found a baby newt floating upside down   made me so sad....My garden is in Devon where we are having an incredibly wet and warm summer hence the amount of baby slugs.. Colin the Comet...I have tried nematodes in the past and didnt think they made much difference  but that was in a different garden so i will give them some more thought...Allymc...Im off to get coffee grounds tomorrow and i may call in at the seaside for some shells to add to the egg shells  thanks to Salamacg'Ss suggestion but the sandpaper wont work  its far to wet here ... I love my garden  but im not prepared to shave my head for it lol  Thanks again guys   Happy gardening

Invasion of the slippery slugs

Posted: 27/06/2012 at 23:12

I cant remember a year when i have seen so many of the slimy creatures..all this wet and warm weather is creating havoc in the far this year i have used slug pellets....i have put out beer traps...i have upturned orange and grapefruit skins...and as a last resort i have taken to going out in the dark everynight with a torch and a bamboo skewer..tonight i skewered 180 slugs   ..mostly tiny white neighbours think im barmy  but...they will NOT win  lol  Tell me your favorite method for getting rid   PLEASE...I will now try absolutley anything...Tomorrow i will cover the ground around my brassicas with crushed garlic!!!

soil pests

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 13:12

Sounds like it may be wireworm .. they love to burrow into potatoes..They are hard to get rid of and you are doing the best thing already....keep going with the potaotes on sticks and destroy everything that comes up... there are some nasty chemicals on the market that claim to help but you will eventually get to the end of them doing just what you are doing

peas have yellow !

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 16:53

I would take a chance and get some more local weather man (the farm at the end of the road lol) tells me that summer will be august and september this year so lets hope hes right again....hes always right..

peas are going yellow

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 00:09

could just be a case of too much water lol

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Discussions started by susan howard2

Have you seen one?????

ladybirds and other goodies 
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Last Post: 27/07/2012 at 18:55

Invasion of the slippery slugs

masses and masses of slugs around 
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Last Post: 01/07/2012 at 23:34

Is it ever going to STOP!!!!

Im sick of the rain and the wind and the getting wet and blown about 
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