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by Monika
Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Rootfly - help! Please!
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: Rootfly - help! Please!

The other thing you could try is Nemasys nematodes and now would be a good time to apply these.
by Monika
Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 45
Views: 740

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

JohnB, your post is very appropriate in time because I spent about an hour yesterday cleaning up our shallots (Jermor and Yellow Moon) and garlic (Mersley Wight), cutting off the roots, the long stems and the loose outer skins. And I did notice that amongst the Jermor there were quite a few softish ...
by Monika
Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 6
Views: 47

Re: Happy Birthday.

All the best for the coming year, shallotman. May it be a happier one than the last and I hope you had a good day today.
by Monika
Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Rootfly - help! Please!
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: Rootfly - help! Please!

John, the actual cabbage root fly lays her eggs in the soil against the plant stem, so do you not use brassica collars round the stem, either bought or home made? I have never heard of them attacking radishes and the collars wouldn't work there, of course. If the eggs overwinter, as you surmised, tu...
by Monika
Sat Jul 31, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Tips for Scab prevention on spuds
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Tips for Scab prevention on spuds

I have always thought that too much lime in the soil causes scab. Perhaps you limed the ground last year and it's still in there?
by Monika
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Broad bean problem
Replies: 6
Views: 95

Re: Broad bean problem

Sorry, I am stumped. Sally Wright, we need you here!
by Monika
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Broad bean problem
Replies: 6
Views: 95

Re: Broad bean problem

It looks like a mould. Wherever you are, perhaps you had a lot of rain? Too late for this year, but I would certainly avoid growing any legumes in that same area next year. Or is the white stuff on the actual bean the same 'soft bedding' as the inside of the pod? Any unusual marks on the outside of ...
by Monika
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 45
Views: 740

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Sorry to hear about your problems, Westi, both current and possibly future! I hope it all gets resolved. We had a few short hefty showers yesterday, making it 8mm in all. Not enough to get far down but it will help to germinate the green manure which I sowed on the ex-broad bean, shallot and garlic ...
by Monika
Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 45
Views: 740

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

No rain here, Robo. But it looks as if we might get some from tonight onwards. I hope so because I have spent hours lugging watering cans .....
by Monika
Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Butterflies everywhere
Replies: 13
Views: 3794

Re: Butterflies everywhere

It's sad to see the name of this thread, "Butterflies everywhere" - I wish. For us it has not been a good year so far, a few small tortoiseshell, occasional red admiral, peacock, speckled wood, ringlet, large and small white and, earlier on, a few orange tip. I am hoping that, when the bud...
by Monika
Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 45
Views: 740

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

No rain forecast for us, alas. Everything is so dry and brittle. I harvested the last broad beans today (de Monica), podded and froze them. It always intrigues me how the number of actual beans vary in the pod. Some long thick pods only contain two or three beans whereas an unassuming slim one comes...
by Monika
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Non peat based composts
Replies: 21
Views: 669

Re: Non peat based composts

Interesting, Geoff. I think 'Welshman' on that thread is correct, the earth worms are different and the compost worms die. Well, they will have done their job ......
by Monika
Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Non peat based composts
Replies: 21
Views: 669

Re: Non peat based composts

I have often wondered (and in fact asked this question many years ago on this forum) what happens to the worms I spread with my home made compost. Are they just 'compost worms' and die or will they then survive as 'earth worms'? I think it was OH who suggested to ask "Wigglywigglers" (or w...
by Monika
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Tasty Garlic
Replies: 12
Views: 755

Re: Tasty Garlic

Colin, don't take this the wrong way, but could I suggest that your sense of smell and taste may no longer be as acute as years ago? I suffer from the same but then, I am ancient.
by Monika
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 45
Views: 740

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

Another scorcher. I have already picked a large feeder bucket full of broad beans, podded and frozen them. And the shallots Jermor are now lying out in the sun to 'cure'. They are particularly good this year - very evenly sized and no bolters. I broke their roots about a week ago. More hot weather t...

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