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sawfly control

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 11:32

Morning Primrosecottage

Used to be able to use tar winter oil.  Still an alternative available.  Spray when dormant ...soil too

I would also mulch and prune in spring.  Helps to re energise the gooseberry bush.  

Last year I had goose sawfly.  This year none.  I did spray with neem oil over the winter and will do again.

agastaches are supposed to be deer and rabbit resistant.  The leaves apparently unpleasant or toxic to them.   A far better scenario than your bare sticks?


It's my birthday

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 11:21

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZZIE .  Don't eat too much jelly and trifle 


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 11:20

Sorry to hear your news Pat E.  Hopefully the doc will help resolve everything.  

Lemon drizzle cake?  Courgette cake?    You do know your're my favourite person here don't you Lyn?  

The weather here is wind, dry, warm and even sun is forecast.  it is perfect gardening weather, if I go out there.  A few bibs and bobs to sort first




Posted: 16/09/2015 at 11:11

Morning smallsvan

not much option but to dig it out, the yucca I mean.  dig a trench as deep as possible around ...oh, cut off any sharp points first.......and lever,,push and pull.  Ultimately it will yield.  Take your time.  Think of the opportunity to plant something nice when the yucca is gone.

much the same with the pampas I'm afraid but you will be mighty pleased and proud to remove these thugs.

do you have space to have a fire there?  You could burn both, even bit by bit?  Use the ash for your plants 

good luck smallsvan 

It's my birthday

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:57

Ooooo,,thank you Fairy......still open for donuts 

no.....23 now 


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:55

Got a few bags of garden produce....tomatoes and beetroot take to the foodbank later.

 For Cameron to impose even further cuts to Welfare whilst queues at the foodbanks are increasing rapidly is cruel.  Can't deny some of the claimants there are taking the mickey but most are not.  You have to be there to appreciate the desperation.......they are there for FOOD.  It's hard to see such a situation that has now become NORMAL in a country that is rich.  That's as contentious as I get today so relax folks

Hanging baskets

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:39

Hanging baskets can look superb.  I had a few but with the necessary daily attention...watering, dead heading and other fiddly tasks.....I now dont grow them.  Planting them up initially too was not enjoyable for me. taking them down when windy meant a lot of hassle.


Garden programmes on the web

Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:32

Morning kleipieper, 

just to say this is a very interesting and enjoyable thread.  Always pop in to read so thanks 


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:30

Tads, thought so.  Seen this before.  

further thought you top dress heavily?  Rhodos do not like thick heavy mulches...those roots need to breathe.

but, mostly, ease off with the water 


Posted: 16/09/2015 at 07:24

Hello forkers 

looks like we in the west will be blessed with the weather today. heavy rain and strong winds hitting south coast and east Cornwall but expected to be dry here.  

Darker morning but a lovely walk to the beach earlier.  Warm, dry and peaceful af about 6 30

dentist check up soon......should be ok.  Dentist is only one able to stop me talking 

Have good day folks 

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