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Strawberry Mata

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 18:20

The garlic mix, is simply garlic boiled up in a pan of water. I use a couple of bulbs and mash the cloves before putting in the water. Leave it to cool and bottle it up. It keeps for several weeks. You can spray as often or as little as you wish. It doesn't kill the slugs but seems to keep them off plants.

Add a small amount of cooking oil and it kills aphids.

I also make seaweed feed. Drift seaweed collected off the beach ( you aren't allowed to pick it ), makes excellent feed for your vegs and is good as a foilage spray. Fill two big bags full, pierce the bags and drop in a tub of water, leave it to stew for at least six weeks and bottle it up. I water this down to 1/2 litre per watering can for a feed and 50/50 as a spray.    

 

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 17:59

A wooden latt is is a long thin rectangular piece of wood similar to the wood used for old wooden clothes props, in fact I think I used an old clothes prop to make the frame.

Strawberry Mata

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 20:10

If you have a 'B and M Bargins' store near you, they sell copper tape in the garden section for £1 or £2. Don't know how effective it is as I've not used copper as a deterrent for slugs. In the early days I used corplus amounts of blue pellets  and after eraidcating huge quantities of slugs/snails now spray with a home made garlic mix or seaweed spray. 

Depends where you grow your strawberries too. If in a patch. I used to put the ripping fruit into jam jars, it speeds up the ripening process and for some reason slugs/snails never ventured into the jars.

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 19:23

...that's not an arch .....It's similar to the structure though which I'm using for pea's this year except I've used wooden latts instead of a cane rectangle at the top, with two latts secured in the middle of the shorter lengths, which run into the ground by about a ft. The canes attached to the rectangle are crossed in the middle like giant X 's.  

 I have three wide metal arches over the main garden path, growing beans on one side and climbers trained up the other side. The plants meet in the middle creating a canopy.

Unlike a wigwam structure there isn't a mass of all the plants meeting at the top.

Thanks for the tip about loading pics, now where is that lead....

Using polystyrene worms in containers

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 23:42

Hi, happycottontail, 

You can also use stones from your garden in the bottom of your pots to stop them blowing over. 

Don't disregard polystyrene though, not sure how big  polystyrene worms are but I use  polystyrene packaging broken down to hand size potions in the bottom of my spud grow bags so they can be picked up and moved.

You may find a use for your worms

Happy gardening.  

Black spot...

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 23:00

Last year the leaves on two honeysuckle climbers went black round the edges and had black spots on their leaves. One plant was worse than the other as the leaves went yellow. 

I started by taking off the affacted leaves but lost the battle and so severely pruned both down to a couple of ft from the ground last autumn and they got a good mulch in spring...well... in March actually.... we didn't have a spring

They are now beginning to grow again. One is now nearly 6ft high and climbing up an arch. The other is sulking in a corner of the garden, shedding it's leaves and a lot of the one's left are yellowing with black spots.

Q is should I keep the healthy one which is beginning to get the occasional leaf with black spots on and if so how to do I treat it and is the older plant worth saving or only fit for the compost.

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 22:06

Would be nice to see some pictures...if I did pictures would post some too but I'm not sure how to load them onto the computer and can't find the instruction manual which came with the camera.

Brill idea for runnerbeans

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 23:24

If you cement the feet of the arches into pop bottles and bury them about a ft into the ground it adds strength to the structure.

A cane attached to the middle of the arch means you could grow 6 plants up each arch. I grew 18 plants that way last year using 5 or 6 different varieties of french/runner beans growing over 3 arches.  

Jungleseeds did sell a bumper pack of different coloured beans last year at a really reasonable price and if you allow some of the plants to grow, for seeds, they save really well.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 22:01

Warm and sunny here with clear blue skies and the occasional white cloud.

I have some dahlias already potted up and outside, only two tubers sprouted from the one's saved though, which was a tab bit disappointing.  The seed sown one's are in the GH, still very small but looking good. 

Weed problem

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 23:14

If having a lawn brings pleasure and it is what you want, try all the above and get your lawn started, don't be put off with a few dandelions, if the methods above kill them you are onto a winner.

I had and still have the same problem with dandelions in the lawn, dandelion roots must grow down to Australia in my garden either that or they have built up a resistance to every weed killer known to man. The lawn however if kept short and regularly mowed doesn't show them. It's fed and weeded each spring and I live in hope one day there will be no dandelions.  

Good luck and happy gardening

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A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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Help...marestail and other nasties...

And I thought brambles and rabbits were going to be the biggest problem... 
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Slug solution....

I found a slow worm on the plot today. 
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Every so pleased...first plants will go in at the weekend...

After much hard work and several weekends later...it's suprising what you can do in a few hours...  
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