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Why so few insects this year?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 21:50
We live in Cornwall and have definitely noticed a big reduction in insects, despite growing lots of nectar rich plants. Butterflies are particuarly scarce. Not sure why but it is worrying.


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:22
Probably no need to put in water in that case. Yes will be fine in the greenhouse- needs to be warm but not really hot.


Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:05
You just need to make sure that the cutting is kept moist, so if taking from plant to pot I usually put it in a jar of water until I plant it but only for a very short time.
The plastic bag (clear) goes over the cutting when planted in the pot after watering, use an elastic band around the pot to hold the bag. Keep in a greenhouse or window sill and remove the bag twice a week for just 10 mins to let it breathe and water if necessary as it needs to be kept moist. You can remove the bag when the cutting takes root.
Others may do it differently but that method seems to work for me.

Herbs from Seeds

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 13:32
Basil and coriander can be sown pretty much all year round, as long as you can keep them warm once established.

Potato blight?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 13:21
Hi Vaila
I too thought that I had blight a few weeks ago and I'm still not sure. The foliage went brown and withered but the spuds (charlottes) were fine and they still are. My mains have also got brown leaves so I have cut it back and will know in a couple of weeks if they are ok.
There have been alot of reports of blight this year, particuarly in the south west where I am as it has been damp and warm. Where abouts are you?

tatty toms

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 20:04
Great advice, thank you Dove

not enough bees

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 20:02
No problem at all Bob. Can never have too many beans!

tatty toms

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 19:53
My tomatoes (cherry variety) are growing well in a growbag in the greenhouse and each plant has 5-6 trusses of fruit / flowers. However, there is so much foliage that the fruits aren't getting much light. Can anyone advise whether it will be ok to remove some of the leaves or will it damage the plant? I have pinched out the tops as they are touching the glass. interestingly, I have one tom plant, same variety in a deep pot and it is also full of fruit but with less leaves - different nitrogen levels in compost I guess.

disappointing spuds

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 19:48
I find that steaming spuds (all veg in fact) gives the best flavour and my charlottes have been fine this year. This method also retains more nutrients, so it's a win win all round!

not enough bees

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 08:26
Good news - this morning I spotted my first teeny weeny pod! Thank you all for your advice
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