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by WoodyLord
Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:47 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Is Vegetarianism cruel?
Replies: 36
Views: 5786

Re: Is Vegetarianism cruel?

My gut feel about the original question is that if plants can communicate and have higher abilities than we currently can measure then vegetarianism is still probably LESS cruel than meat eating. I don't think that the domesticated veg we grow is probably aware of it's wild past whereas most farm an...
by WoodyLord
Fri May 20, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Possible Honey Fungus in Compost heap
Replies: 4
Views: 1909

Re: Possible Honey Fungus in Compost heap

Thanks - have had another dig about behind the bin and I reckon it could be bramble roots infiltrating the bin. They did really look like the pictures of the rooty things on the honey fungus pics. Just means I probably now will get lots of blackberries in the veg patch! I'm going to hit the chemical...
by WoodyLord
Thu May 19, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Possible Honey Fungus in Compost heap
Replies: 4
Views: 1909

Re: Possible Honey Fungus in Compost heap

Thanks so much for your reply. We've checked more carefully and can't see other symptoms and the buddleia looks really healthy. So I've got my fingers and toes crossed it's just buddleia roots or some other fungus which is less harmful. Any advice about what to do with the compost bin as I do need t...
by WoodyLord
Sun May 15, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Possible Honey Fungus in Compost heap
Replies: 4
Views: 1909

Possible Honey Fungus in Compost heap

Hi, I wonder if anyone can give me some advice about possible Honey Fungus infection. We have a large buddleia next to our compost heap - something (squirrel or rat) has in the last couple of years built a cone of compost next to the wooden sides bridging the gap with the tree. I eventually got roun...
by WoodyLord
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Mixing up my cucumbers - will I get bitter fruit?
Replies: 4
Views: 1186

Re: Mixing up my cucumbers - will I get bitter fruit?

Thanks for the ideas - wondered if I should contact the seed company as they should know - shouldn't they although bet they'll err on the side of caution and say remove the non all female ones.
Thanks.
by WoodyLord
Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Mixing up my cucumbers - will I get bitter fruit?
Replies: 4
Views: 1186

Mixing up my cucumbers - will I get bitter fruit?

Hi, Just wondering if I'm sabotaging myself. Currently growing: - a Petita (all female - 3 lovely unbitter fruit so far), - Crystal Lemon (covered in masses of flowers and some with cucumbers forming don't know if M/F etc) - a Tyria (all female - not yet flowering - sown later) and - a Marketmore (p...
by WoodyLord
Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:37 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Fresh Chicken Manure - in the heap??
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Re: Fresh Chicken Manure - in the heap??

Thanks for the reply, I'll chuck it in.
by WoodyLord
Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:41 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Fresh Chicken Manure - in the heap??
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Fresh Chicken Manure - in the heap??

I've just been given a small sack of ultra fresh chicken manure. I was going to put it in the compost bin which won't see the light of day until next year as we have 3. At the mo there won't be many grass cuttings going in with this bag but there would be with future bags. Am I right in thinking I s...
by WoodyLord
Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Shiny black and white beetles on aubergine in GH
Replies: 6
Views: 1659

Re: Shiny black and white beetles on aubergine in GH

Thanks everyone, I've still seen nothing quite like them - the white marking was above the wing case. Wish I'd got a photo.
All the best,
Helen
by WoodyLord
Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:13 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Shiny black and white beetles on aubergine in GH
Replies: 6
Views: 1659

Re: Shiny black and white beetles on aubergine in GH

Thanks for replying - will have another look if I can see them. There were no spots on them at all though - the wing case was totally black. But it was ladybird size and shape so I expect it was. Bad news for the aphids, good news for the aubergines!
Cheers,
Helen
by WoodyLord
Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Shiny black and white beetles on aubergine in GH
Replies: 6
Views: 1659

Shiny black and white beetles on aubergine in GH

Hi, Spotted 2 lovely ladybird-sized beetle on my aubergines. They are black and shiny with an unusual horseshoe white shape at the top of the wing case. I left them to do whatever they were doing. Can't find them after extensive search of images on google. Any ideas - are they a type of ladybird? I ...
by WoodyLord
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Cucumber Advice needed and Marketmore mystery!
Replies: 8
Views: 2369

Re: Cucumber Advice needed and Marketmore mystery!

Thanks, do you think the outside ones taste as good as greenhouse ones? (I'm running out of space on my plot - went a bit mad with seed potatoes this year - couldn't resist some oddities esp as you don't really need to do much to them once they are in).
Cheers,
Helen
by WoodyLord
Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Cucumber Advice needed and Marketmore mystery!
Replies: 8
Views: 2369

Re: Cucumber Advice needed and Marketmore mystery!

Thanks - if Tyria doesn't work out (have got the seeds now - very quick delivery from Lauras Organic seeds) will try Telegraph Improved next year.
All the best,
Helen
by WoodyLord
Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Cucumber Advice needed and Marketmore mystery!
Replies: 8
Views: 2369

Re: Cucumber Advice needed and Marketmore mystery!

Thanks - will check it out.
Happy gardening (not today though - here too cold/windy/mis).
Helen
by WoodyLord
Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Cucumber Advice needed and Marketmore mystery!
Replies: 8
Views: 2369

Re: Cucumber Advice needed and Marketmore mystery!

Thank you so much for the reply - still humming and haa-ing about what to buy. Also your response explains what happened. Pippa Greenwood's book recommends Telegraph Improved and Tyria as indoor ones. Found Tyria at: http://www.laurasorganics.co.uk/results.php?prodid=484 As an all female flowering o...

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