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by Mouse2
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Leaf-curl on young pear tree
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: Leaf-curl on young pear tree

Thanks, Westi.

I have been away for a week, and when I left the tree looked perfect - it's incredible how quickly the little critters have established themselves!

I guess tomorrow will be spent trying to uncurl those leaves!
by Mouse2
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Leaf-curl on young pear tree
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Leaf-curl on young pear tree

Having Googled this, I have now identified aphids - green fly to be precise - as the culprits. There are also ants present, which I presume are 'farming' them. Any suggestions on the best way to deal with this? I have a systemic pest spray to hand, which I am tempted to use, but if any of you have m...
by Mouse2
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Rat release allowed
Replies: 37
Views: 3665

Re: Rat release allowed

Hi Plumpudding. We've had to have pest control out recently to try to track down 'the loft monster'. That one remains a mystery, but we thought we would get our money's worth by getting him to deal with the rats in the back yard while he was here. He is a very friendly, chatty, and down-to-earth guy...
by Mouse2
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: Longest runner bean/heaviest marrow suggestions please
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Re: Longest runner bean/heaviest marrow suggestions please

Thanks OH. I hadn't come across Liberty, but have just Googled them and they sound like they are worth a try.

I forget - how big was your marrow in the end :?:
by Mouse2
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: Longest runner bean/heaviest marrow suggestions please
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Longest runner bean/heaviest marrow suggestions please

Now we are into the New Year, I'm thinking ahead to the village produce show in September, and wondering what variety of runner bean to grow for the 'longest runner bean' class. Just from its name, Enorma Elite sounds good, but its description of 'extra long podded type' is not specific enough. Have...
by Mouse2
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Winter Bits and Bobs....
Replies: 165
Views: 9640

Re: Early Winter Bits and Bobs....

I was told one of the girls down our allotments has passed away just before christmas she had been suffering with cancer the last few months we have seen very little of her, she had only just been given the plot when she was first diagnosed such a nice girl i will miss her How sad, Robo. I lost a f...
by Mouse2
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: More moles stories.
Replies: 12
Views: 2084

Re: More moles stories.

I once tried sticking glass bottles in the ground because some people claimed that the noise of the breeze over the open neck would deter moles, but they just pushed those out of the ground too, tigerburnie. As for planting garlic - actually, I never finished that experiment because rabbits found th...
by Mouse2
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: More moles stories.
Replies: 12
Views: 2084

Re: More moles stories.

Thanks tigerburnie. I've just had a look at your link and the reviews seem really good, and the price too. I think we will definitely get some of that for the outdoor problem, and maybe try it in the loft too, though unfortunately, a quick Google search suggests that "There are no poison baits ...
by Mouse2
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: More moles stories.
Replies: 12
Views: 2084

Re: More moles stories.

Mr Mouse is afraid of rats and refuses to go into an enclosed space like the loft in case they attack him! Some ten years ago, when we had heard something, he did at least hold the step ladder steady so i could go up (though i couldn't see signs of anything), but i'm not sure i could pull myself up ...
by Mouse2
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 4
Views: 198

Re: Happy New Year!

A very happy New year from me too.

Johnboy, if you are reading this, that includes you. Please change your mind and continue to share your advice and experience with us all. We need you!
by Mouse2
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: More moles stories.
Replies: 12
Views: 2084

Re: More moles stories.

Don't give up on trying to catch them yourself, Richard. I caught none at all for the first year or two that I tried, then somehow got the knack and caught 18 in one summer in my not very large garden . Since then, I have managed to control them quite well, setting traps (mainly scissor traps now) a...
by Mouse2
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Chritmas
Replies: 11
Views: 994

Re: Happy Chritmas

I don't find time to come on the forum very regularly these days, and today was the first time for several weeks. Johnboy, I was shocked and saddened to see your post. Yes, a lot of our posts are very trivial, not too different from the banter that we sometimes share when working on our allotments -...
by Mouse2
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: funny
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: funny

I like it )))
by Mouse2
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The good, the bad (harvests) of 2017?
Replies: 15
Views: 1301

Re: The good, the bad (harvests) of 2017?

Only three things haven't done well for me this year: radishes, blackcurrants and melons (though the melons were only an experiment, and outdoors anyway, so expectations were not great). Just about everything else seems to have done quite well, though the beetroot have done too well - not sure what ...
by Mouse2
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Blown sprouts
Replies: 15
Views: 1479

Re: Blown sprouts

There was really nothing on mine that could be called a 'sprout'. The only use I was able to make of the resulting loose leaves was as extra greenery in stir-fries. That said, your suggestion has made my mouth water, Tigerburnie :)

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