kwilter...waddling less wrote (see)
Wonder if there's a gardening version of Fetch?
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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
Only you get over-run with nastutiums, Nicko.
Father in Law heard that co-planting marigold in the toms acted as a sacrificial crop for the whitefly. With all the tomato feed he got a great crop of marigolds.
Personally, we use those yellow sticky fly papers. They are actually quite useful, especially if you go in and shake the plants, the pests fly up, head for the yellow and GOTCHA.
Yup catpoo in the potato holes. I send it back to where it came from. If I could stuff it literally then I would. Otherwise it's over the relevant fence.
The face end of the cat is generally OK.
Same here, my bliddy cat too. The little fekker
If the Nastys are in pots they can be controlled as there not in the open like mine were .
I thought that the only reason we grew runner beans was because the children had already germinated them at school. The logic being that if they had some ownership they **might** even try eating them.
Anyway.The first beets are now sowed. I've no intention of eating the beetroots, only harvesting the leaves for salads.
I also discovered from other sources that chard bolts in year 2, so I've sowed some more of that. Both are in the raised bed, under glass.
My plan is to raise carrots in a bucket of seed+potting mixed 50/50 with sand. Anyone tried this? Is the soil still likely to be a bit too rich?
Not eating your beetroots?- criminal. harvest some when small, don;t even need to peel them. Put in foil with loadsa cloves of garlic and dollop with olive oil and balsamic and bake until tender. Oh boy YUM.
(It's a Jamie so the proper version will be on the net somewhere.)
I've got some orange beetroot seeds that I'm going to try this year and Mr FL wants me to grom purple carrots; world gone mad and all that!
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