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25/03/2009 at 18:59

Oh I don't like all this talk of bugs and flies.....

I've promised my mum I'm providing the veg on Xmas Day and she'll not be happy if I don't deliver!!!

25/03/2009 at 19:05
Buy them all in Tescos and roll them in a bit of mud on the way over to your mum's 
25/03/2009 at 19:26


Thats plan b sorted!

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
25/03/2009 at 19:34
Try planting carrots later like may Kwilter.
25/03/2009 at 19:39

Cheers Nicko. I used to keep a log of what varieties we grew, when we planted them and what the crop was like, but I've not bothered for the last few years.

Wonder if there's a gardening version of Fetch?

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
25/03/2009 at 19:43
26/03/2009 at 10:41
to stop carrot fly and similar frigging problem insects, cover the plants with some horticultural fleece during the problem period - it will allow light and water in but keep the little critters out and stop them laying their eggs......
Blisters    pirate
26/03/2009 at 22:13
and the problem period is?.................
26/03/2009 at 22:27

Purple Sprouting brocoli- thinking of trying to grow this but is it prone to pigeon and caterpillar damage like brassicas (is it a brassica?)  My sprout plants last year were demolished and it was very depressing.

Sorry Blisters no idea really but I think it's Spring time and they are attracted by disturbance such as thinning releasing the smell.  Sure I read somthing about growing plants near to mask the smell such as spring onions....

26/03/2009 at 22:32
kwilter...waddling less wrote (see)
Wonder if there's a gardening version of Fetch?

Sort of.  There's a woman on this forum who keeps rambling on about running
Blisters    pirate
26/03/2009 at 23:02

Brassica dammage: typically by cabbage white larvae (lge & sml), gooseberries get annihilated by sawfly. Pick 'em off if you are sad and addicted, but spray if you want to be effective. Of course there are preventive measures such as netting. (Or global DDT). I tried feeding the caterpillars to the pond fish but they weren't fussed and I wouldn't be surprised if the little bstds crawled out again. No, not the fish.

27/03/2009 at 08:39
I love butterflies but hate caterpillars- it's a real conundrum; what if I grow them some nasturtiums? Would they prefer those?
27/03/2009 at 15:09

 Foxy Lady

purple sprouting is lovely and the caterpillllars eat the leaves rather than the broccoli bit. you have to wash and check it VERY well though.

vulnerable to pigeon damage but you can net it if that starts happening.  Just be vigilant and respond quick to whatever is attacking and you should be ok.  It is such an expensive veg it is well worth growing your own!  good luck

28/03/2009 at 09:38
Mine end up covered with whitefly every year, anyone got any suggestions apart from pesticides that sound so horrible on the instructions they may as well just write "do not use"?
28/03/2009 at 09:42

Tomato plants on the go and spuds chitting - will plant some out today I think - the spuds, that is.

The Rhubarb That Died appears to have been resurrected. Hallelujah!

28/03/2009 at 13:59

Afternoon all!

Sh1te weather we've been having up here! 

Spuds chitting nicely - think I might  plant some tomorrow.  Also got a load of onion sets in a Jiffy bag through the post from my mum, so they can go in soon.  Should really get on with the broad beans - I seem sooooo behind!

Don't think I'm going to do any brassicas this year.  Brussels sprouts were more or less a complete disaster last year (although actually the tops from the plants were delicious!) - just too much effort for me really.  Although I do love purple sprouting...

Have got loads of interesting-sounding heirloom varieties of various vegetables that I got from a seed catalogue - for most of these I don't have to worry about doing anything until April.  Roll on the Easter hols - far too much work for me right now to get out there!

28/03/2009 at 14:01

Somehow I never imagined Johnny B as being the gardening type, can't think why.

Is that not what rhubarb does?  Do you have proper rhubarb pots to force it along?

No idea about the whitefly but will ask my organic veg delivery peeps.

28/03/2009 at 14:11
Lady P- not doing anything until the Easter week, too cold to be bothered, and I need to be around to scare the cats off what they think is a new and oversized poo tray, otherwise it will all get dug up.  Must nip out a get some onion sets though.....................byeee
Nicko. Hdau    pirate
28/03/2009 at 16:44

Peas in pots in greenhouse

Money maker toms indoors in warm to sprout.

Will pop some lettuce in raised bed tomorrow.

Bliddy cat has sussed out my potato drills make good poo trays

Nicko. Hdau    pirate
28/03/2009 at 16:47
Hashette wrote (see)
Mine end up covered with whitefly every year, anyone got any suggestions apart from pesticides that sound so horrible on the instructions they may as well just write "do not use"?

Planting Nasturtiums in the greenhouse will prevent whitefly infestation.

Found this on Dr Greenfingers site

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