Latest posts by Zoomer44

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 22:43

Nature isn't always kind to growers is it...


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 22:34

All mine are outside now.

One in the mixed variety, is a climber, the others are growing on the ground. Not in flower yet though and two planted in pots near the fence have been eaten by slugs but the one's planted through weed membrane are doing really well.


Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:54

Think this year I'll cut my losses and cut down the three covered in poo, they are all in the same pot.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 22:02

Lillies are one of my favourite flowers and some of mine this year are covered in poo.

If I missed a year growing them, would the beetles go somewhere else or will they just find another plant to lay their larvae on and return in number the year after.


Help! Grannies are eating my strawberries

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 23:32

I know alot advise putting straw around strawberries, I've only tried it once and found it harboured slugs and snails. It was also a nightmare to pick from around the strawberries as it didn't rot down as quick as I'd liked and weeds grew through it. 

Whats eating yoiur strawberries could be under the straw and the wood lice are just coming in later to finish of the fruit.

What's cropping in your veg patch?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 18:30

Radish, about 4 strawberries, pineberries, spuds, gooseberries, rubarb and swede although this is still quite small. Could probably start to pick onions and shallots but I wanted to leave them longer this year to get to a good size.   

Killer in action

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:58

DorsetUK - I'm given to understand there a quite a few different British ladybirds..do all Ladybird larvae look the same...

Killer in action

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:51

Nature doing it's bit - problems is some people don't know what ladybird larvae look like and mistake it for a beastie...I was in that gang until some kind poster, many moons ago put me in the know...now even more people know having seen your pic...

Sweet corn problems...

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:38

Checked and watered the plants this evening to find another plant is starting to go grey. Sorry didn't say in my first post but the other two seedlings went grey first before going brown.

They weren't hardened off totally in the shade, that area of the garden is in some shade early morning and late afternoon. I could understand them getting burnt if left in the GH but they've been outdoors and although it's been warm, most days have been over cast or it's rained apart from today, which has been sunny and hot.  


Sowing parsnips....

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 16:35

Think I'll also leave the parsnips a while longer, I've nothing big enough ready to go out yet. They were dated so will check when sown.

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Chillies & peppers

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Good hygiene...

Cleaning garden tools.... 
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Blight in the GH...

I'm happy to be wrong... 
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Wasp nests.....

I've found one the size of a football...  
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Asparagus...what now..

I planted about 18 crowns in March..  
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Advertising ...

I tend to whiz past the advertising... 
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Making compost

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Gooseberry pruning...

The bush is heavy with berries.. 
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Are covenants legally binding... 
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