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New site - bugs

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 18:57

Why have all my postings been taken off and why can I no longer post!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 18:54

We've had rain and it's been cloudy all day. Hope the weekend picks up.

planting out runner beans

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 00:35

I've sown an array of different coloured podded french/runner beans this year in the hope I'll be able to see them better and pick them before they go stringily long and not nice to eat. I struggle to find all the green podded ones. 


Posted: 17/05/2012 at 23:39

Cues don't like their stems being to wet. Vermisculite around the stem will help absorb any excess water but I also water mine from underneath, they are on a capillary matting in a gravel tray.

Tomato plants/unheated greenhouse

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 23:14

We could be neighbours, nadiamaz, mine are about the same size as yours. I planted some out in the GH bed at the weekend and tonight left the rest in the GH instead of bringing them back indoors, not sure it's worth chancing it yet if I lived in Scotland.

I started off just leaving a couple of plants in the GH overnight a few weeks ago,they didn't die but haven't grown much since. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:48

Nights here are certainly getting warmer. It's been mild here today with little rain.

Know what you mean about the weather this time last year Rain, I didn't keep a diary but could have sworn it was warmer and most things were planted out by now.

Is it my imagination or have all my postings been removed from the weather thread! 

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 22:32

Some help needed to identify a plant. It has leaves similar in shape to a caster oil plant but the leaves have the same texture as a cheese plant. I've grown it outdoors for years, it's evergreen, and in a sheltered spot stands up to snow and frost, it like's sun and drinks alot of water as it's  grown in a pot. I've seen it in a neighbours garden and it will grow to 6 or 7 ft. I've kept it at about 2ft and grown it in a bush shape, it's branches, if you can call them that are formed after breaking off the leaves like a yucca  but I don't have a picture. Any idea's as to what it is...   

black bugs

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 21:58

I haven't killed a plant yet by using olive oil but Alwina's right using to much in the mix could block the pores alternatively using too much detergent in the mix would also kill the plant due to the chemicals I would think.   

I try to be organic, it's cheaper and more enviromentally friendly but if this fails then I'm not against reaching for the insecticide. 

stoney soil

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 21:35

You might consider, depending on the size of the area, if not too large, to double dig it and seive the soil as you go. Put a good load of horse muck in each trench as you fill in the trenches and you 'll find apart from it being hard work, the muck will improve your soil, feed the worms which will multiple and in turn push up the gravel in the soil to the surface over the summer. It's then just a case of raking over the surface to collect the gravel in the autumn and again in the spring. Grow what you can this year and by next you could try pretty much anything.


Posted: 15/05/2012 at 21:19

I use egg shells in the beds and pots in the GH, the slugs also need to cross flag stones and a gravel path before climbing up pots to get at plants in there.Slate or gravel dress pots in the garden. 

I have a couple of bird stations too and attract alot of birds, some are ground feeders which go straight to the lawn and flower beds devouring any pests or bugs in sight.

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