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The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 07:34

nematodes will not make a difference to weevils NOW.  Only Provado will kill weevils at this time of year. 

The only real issue I have is with heucheras so localised doses of Provado are used and with great effect.  

I used nematodes on my grass this autumn for leatherjackets for first time.  Used to use lawn grub killer but this too is banned. 

Trouble is we don't really know the truth about chemicals....well, most things I guess.....and gardeners are finding it increasingly difficult to grow their crops when chemicals are withdrawn.  Bordeaux mixture, for example, for peach leaf curl is no longer available yet we can go out and buy the ingredients to make our own!  Puzzling 


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 07:24

Morning folks

what a shake up this morning.  Wet,,cold and very windy.   short walk only but don't think Spike minded too much. It has felt cold since yesterday afternoon. catching up with you Fairy 

mid cornwall eastwards looks set to get lowest temps.    But, milder again on Momday 

Thyme and sedum - plant them out now?

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 00:28

Language Steve....remember we are now being monitored 

Can You Suggest a Front Garden Tree or Bush

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 00:25

Taxus Standishii is a wonderful conifer.  lovely colour....olive in winter and butter yellow in spring and summer. upright narrow shape. looks good all year round. unlike most conifers it wont burn or go brown and can be hard pruned.

Lizmac not evergreen but I would plant cotinus Grace there.  Wonderful red/purple foliage. cut to ground level or a couple of feet in spring it quickly makes a shrub 7' tall and wide every year. put some white lily Regale around it and you have a spectacular colour combo and amazing scent in June and July 


Storing Onions

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 00:12

Thorough natural drying outside is best.  Lift the onions when foliage has almost collapsed.  

I lay mine out on raised old shelving 3 litre pot depths off the ground.  I turn every few days. polythene sheets handy when it rains.  after a few weeks I remove all loose skins to allow more sun ripening.  Lovely sight in September laid out on veg patch. golden brown globes. then to boxes in dry garage.  

mine keep well over winter

my onions were ready early this year.....mid August....for some reason.  Prob lack of rain and not watering caused this but they still look good 


Thyme and sedum - plant them out now?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 23:58

But Steve, only one of us is right.   nothing critical anyway. ,follow your nose 

The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 23:55

Sooty, has the ground you are losing plants in been recently converted from a lawn?  lawn pests remain to wreak havoc for a,year or two.  Leaving the ground turned and open to the birds helps


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 23:50

sorry Ed.   Cornwall is near freezing, a bit wet and blowing a gale.  However, enjoy Edd 

Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 20:42

Thanks for that info Bewitched. so some optimism then.

deliberately grown more bee friendly plants this year...agastaches for example have been swamped by bees.


Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 19:46

Out of curiosity Bee witched, are bee colonies still declining?  This past summer and early autumn I have seen a lot of bees, maybe more than in previous years

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