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White fly in compost

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 21:38

Your compost may be to wet, a good breeding ground for pests, in which case take sufficient out to add a layer of shredded paper then cover with the compost you've taken out, this should help dry the compost a little and the layer on top will help the paper decompose.

Whitefly die in cold weather so something else to try would be to leave the lid off your darlek during the night when particularly cold weather is expected...ie... frost but when not expecting rain, this will expose the flies and larva to cold extremes. No rain means your compost isn't exposed to further moisture. 

As FG advises a fly trap hung inside the lid is also a good plan or spraying organically with a spray of garlic and olive oil may help. Aphids breath through their skin and this should kill them.

 Not sure how helpful this will be...others may be able to provide further advise

Talkback: How to dig beds in winter

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 20:44

I agree to with punkdoc and Verdun. I'm so pleased I double dug veg and flower beds first before planting. It was so hard work but with a layer of compost, muck or mulch each Autumn the beds now have loads of worms in and look like black gold in all but the hottest summers and weeds pull out so easy...

Digging in Winter though isn't a good plan, best done in the Autumn or Spring.  


Posted: 02/01/2014 at 20:30

I grow a slection of both and try a few new one's each year. Tumbling toms -in hanging baskets, last year, did well. Golden Sunrise do well but can sometimes be a little watery. Cerise is a good one. This year's new one's are tigerella - a stripped tom, prune noire - a black tom and Ildl - a yellow grape tom.      

I going to try not to sow until late March

Veg in shade

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 20:59

If spuds did ok then the area must get some sun.

You may find, veggies you grow will mature later due to the shade, or the fence/wall creates a micro climate so you can grow stuff people on an allotment can't, for instance I've grown sweetcorn successfully, yet the allotment behind my home can't grow it because the ground is more open to the elements.  

I get sun from dawn till dusk but the veg beds are partially over shadowed by a fence, anything grown near the fence tends harvest a few weeks later. 

If you are thinking brassicas, cabbage takes up a lot growing space and unless you have an allotment there's little return. Broccoli, swede, turnip, radish (including mooli) take up less space, I grow kohl rabi which does well.   

Hope this has been helpful...

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 20:02

I'm thinking possibly Tenerife next year KEF  rained most of the day here in this part of the NW and last year it was in the 30's over there

Happy gardening.

Veg in shade

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:52

How much sun does the area get in summer, some veg will grow reasonably well by a fence and in shade if it gets some sun during the day.

If you grew veg in pots near the fence/wall, chances are these veggie's will grow better in the ground. What did you grow? 


seed/plug trays

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 19:31

I use similar trays to fidgetbones and get them free from a local nusery, who in the Spring sell tiny plug plants. To cut to the chase you select your plants and put them in a tray to take home. Now, if you only want six plug plants at 30p each they still need to be taken home in a tray 

 The Polystyrene one's can also be obtained for free from most GC's although you do need to purchase the plants which come in them. If you just want the tray wait for the GC not to water the plants or a really hot day and obtain them at discount from the nearly dead section


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 19:22

Wet and windy this morning in Scotland

The wind on Friday caused havoc to trains running to Scotland, mine was 3hrs late getting into Aberdeen, would have been 4 1/2 hrs late if I'd gone onto my final destination by train. 

We were packed like sardines on the train from Carlisle. There looked to be hundreds of people on the platform waiting for the next train to Scotland. When one did arrive, on the train door it said it was going to Euston, the electronic display on the platform said it was going to Glasgow and the guard said Edinburgh.  

Fortunately both Scottish distinations would have got me to were I was going and if the train had gone back south I'd decided to throw in the towel and go home.   

I must look nearly 27 because a little boy gave up his seat but on this occassion I wasn't going to argue and was quite happy to entertain a 3yr old for the remainder of the trip.       

On a positive note had a fab time in Scotland, shame I couldn't stay for hogmany but back to work on 2nd, you guys in Scotland get an extra day off.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 00:11

It's been mild here, 5c this morning and 3c this evening, no wind or snow. Lovely day. Just off to bed...travelling up to Aberdeen later in the week and the forcast isn't good...back to rain and wind on Friday    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 23:28

It's not going to be a white Christmas here in this part of the NW, more wet and windy.

The Christmas Tree was brought indoors last week, Zoomer makes a mental note to repot in a plastic pot and use lighter croc's next time. 

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