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Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:23

Agree with what has been advised especially the netting but even with netting me thinks the cabbage white can smell brassica's. I had them under the netting this year, those which didn't get under the netting laid their eggs on some of my flowers.

Leave a plant outside the netting which you are happy to lose and let them lay their eggs on it. Still check for eggs and squash, but it might save your main crop from caterpillar invasion. 


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 23:02

Which variety did you grow blueberry, how have you stored the spuds and were did you store them. I'm guessing but it could be a storage problem.

Alan - I've had similar problems cooking Charlotte spuds. People rave about them but I can't cook them, tried everyway, they are bland, the skins flake off when cooking even when steamed. Gave up with Charlotte a couple of years ago.

Agree with Bob, there are so many different varieties. I'm still experimenting after several years of growing in bags. Red Duke of York are one of my favourites. I'm growing Duke of York for Christmas.     


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 22:22

Why not buy both, I've about 5prs of secateurs, as I keep losing them and then find them several weeks later. You can't have enough prs of secateurs.

Now, pink handled one's are almost impossible to lose and prs with a loop allow you to hang them on a hook in the shed. It doesn't matter if they are anvil or bypass, if you can't find then you can't use them...  


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 22:05

Small brown envelopes, labelled and in a box. I store the box in the spare bedroom as the radiators turned off in winter and it's reasonably cool. 


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 21:52

I thought my garden was over run with slugs and snails, there does seem to be a lot this year and no amount of pellets has stoped my plants being eaten but there's been alot of cabbage white butterflies fluttering about. Could also be caterpillars eating your plants.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:16

We've had more rain which was welcomed as I'm at work during the week. It's still warm but not humid. 

The grounds no longer cracked and dry looking, funny it's only looked like that on the veg bed which was manured in the Autumn, the other beds have dried out but not cracked. Slug pellets don't last long in this weather, I'm having the worst year ever for slugs and snails. They are absailing in the GH, egg shells haven't kept them at bay and I've found one or two snails jammed in a gap in the glass 5ft up from the ground.


Talkback: Cockchafers

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:56

Hi, David, I had a similar experience, first time I saw one was in the lounge, it crawled out from the fire place and then took off flying round the room, if the door hadn't have been open I'd have left the outline of my body in a closed door

Thinking it was a mutant cockroach or rare species I caught it and rang the university only to be told it was a maybug which can swarm here in heat generated from motorway traffic and was harmless. The guy was ever so nice, even thanked me for calling.


Posted: 05/08/2013 at 20:53

I've found Golden Sunrise to be a good cropper but the toms haven't  ripened yet. Apart from some already mentioned I've also grown Tiny Tim, Ailsa Craig and Cerise, all looking like good croppers, toms beginning to ripen on some of the plants.

Christmas Grape and Floridity,two heritage one's, are tasty, both growing alot better this year in the GH bed rather than in pots and Garden Pearl is doing well in a pot in the garden.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 20:47

Poured with rain for most of the day.  

Seed swap

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 19:23


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