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by Flanjamin
Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Unknown weed root
Replies: 1
Views: 1356

Unknown weed root

Hi all It's been a while, but I have moved house! The new house has an existing veg plot, about the size of a full allotment. It is a bit neglected and I have discovered a network of white roots in some of the beds. It is fleshy and white, like bindweed, but one or two bits seem to be attached to a ...
by Flanjamin
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Over-wintering shallots
Replies: 4
Views: 1827

Re: Over-wintering shallots

I seem to recall my grandad saying onions like a firm bed - compost can be quite airy and soft. Plus watering will always be an issue, and don't forget the rubbish spring we had. Maybe next year try a loam based compost for the shallots? This will be firmer and potentially less prone to drying out.
by Flanjamin
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Dog Biscuits
Replies: 20
Views: 6223

Re: Dog Biscuits

Yeah I know horse owners feed them garlic to keep the flies away, and it may be why cows will break down fences to get to wild garlic, but I wouldn't risk feeding it to my dog because of the allium connection...I think in this weather fleas are just a problem all round. Plus her breath smells bad en...
by Flanjamin
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Bug Clear Ultra on brassicas?
Replies: 7
Views: 3510

Re: Bug Clear Ultra on brassicas?

A quick internet search suggests it persists in leafy veg, ie there would be dangerously high levels of it in the leaves that you ate. Personally I wouldn't risk it....
by Flanjamin
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Good old days
Replies: 20
Views: 4388

Re: Good old days

Going off on a tangent I managed to clean shoot a rat in my garden this morning - but that didn't stop the dog claiming it as her kill! Our little hamlet is currently engaged in a rat war, everywhere around us is the ping of air rifles...
by Flanjamin
Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Allium White Rot management
Replies: 2
Views: 1406

Re: Allium White Rot management

Hi Amy

You may want to check the strand "organic treatment for allium white rot" that is running at the moment (Assuming you haven't done so already!)

Flan
by Flanjamin
Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: What has eaten my potato?
Replies: 7
Views: 5732

Re: What has eaten my potato?

Looks like rats to me, or possibly voles.
by Flanjamin
Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Do rats eat snails?
Replies: 3
Views: 3055

Re: Do rats eat snails?

So even rats have some use....
by Flanjamin
Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early summer bits and bobs
Replies: 76
Views: 11698

Re: Early summer bits and bobs

Realised just how sharp the drainage on my new plot is - even with rain in the week 3 dry days and newly planted things looking decidedly frazzled. So stepped up mulching effort (with generous help of all the neighbours grass clippings), and tried Bob Flowerdews recommendation of trench irrigation.
by Flanjamin
Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Wasp Trap
Replies: 5
Views: 2687

Re: Wasp Trap

I've used the waspinator - it seemed to work for a while, but couldn't hold out against the temptations of outdoor eating in late summer, wasps everywhere. It does look very silly though.
by Flanjamin
Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Pigeons (I think)
Replies: 9
Views: 2710

Re: Pigeons (I think)

Ha Ha spoke too soon, pak choi decimated, dill vanished, lettuces shorn. Chicken wire has now been deployed. Anyone know how to make a scarecrow?
by Flanjamin
Fri May 31, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Pigeons (I think)
Replies: 9
Views: 2710

Re: Pigeons (I think)

Yes my experience has not been brilliant with them before, which is why i was surprised they worked this time. Maybe not being on an allotment site the birds are a bit thick?
by Flanjamin
Fri May 31, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Pigeons (I think)
Replies: 9
Views: 2710

Re: Pigeons (I think)

I had the same problem and, for lack of anything else to hand, hung up some old CDs. Amazingly it seems to have worked!
by Flanjamin
Wed May 29, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: weed suppressing membrane
Replies: 15
Views: 11413

Re: weed suppressing membrane

If you are using the woven membrane as a permanent fixture, for instance around fruit, you will find that couch grass can spear it's way through it, and grass will creep across from the edges. So some kind of extra layer is a good plan, although you still need to be vigilant - it isn't a fit and for...
by Flanjamin
Sun May 26, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Mower spark plugs
Replies: 6
Views: 5501

Re: Mower spark plugs

Got a new one and is now working fine! Well it still cuts out every now and then but now it starts again first pull.

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