Search found 60 matches

by Spuddle
Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Save Our Ancient Forests
Replies: 5
Views: 1969

Save Our Ancient Forests

Over 100,000 people have signed The Woodland Trust petition calling on the Government to Save England's Ancient Forests. I have signed the petition. If you want to help save our forests from government sell-off and privatisation you can do so here: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/Pages/default.as...
by Spuddle
Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Would 5-6 year olds find this interesting?
Replies: 11
Views: 836

Re: Would 5-6 year olds find this interesting?

Lucky you, Nomada. It sounds a wonderful opportunity to really inspire some children. I can only go by my own family but, at that age, they all loved anything to do with animals and getting hands dirty growing things. And they are so eager to learn at that age. The world is still a magical place for...
by Spuddle
Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: What is a sticky?
Replies: 10
Views: 860

Re: What is a sticky?

Ah, right. I think I understand now. :thumbleft:
The messages with the icon that looks like someone's stepped in dog pooh and said something unmentionable are stickies. Yes?
Thanks for the explanations everyone.
by Spuddle
Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Brassicas in greenhouse?
Replies: 14
Views: 1293

Re: Brassicas in greenhouse?

Elder(sambucus nigra) is a favourite early spring place for aphids to congregate(early,soft green growth),so grow a bit,creep up on them and squash'em.(Arty farty purple-leaved,pink-flowered variety,doesn't seem to work so well unfortunatly). Ah, maybe that's my problem. My veg garden is surrounded...
by Spuddle
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: survive?!?!?!
Replies: 62
Views: 12619

Re: survive?!?!?!

How about giving up meat and going veggie? Meat is horrendously expensive and even if you grow your own, animals have to be fed and they have to be slaughtered which costs, too. And you'll be helping global warming by not having animals producing all that methane!!! Think of all the veg and fruit yo...
by Spuddle
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: What is a sticky?
Replies: 10
Views: 860

What is a sticky?

This isn't really a 'how do I?' - more of a 'what is?' :scratch:
Can someone please explain what a sticky is?
by Spuddle
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Brassicas in greenhouse?
Replies: 14
Views: 1293

Re: Brassicas in greenhouse?

Hadn't thought of eating them. Might try it if there's any left after the black fly and caterpillars have finished.
by Spuddle
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Brassicas in greenhouse?
Replies: 14
Views: 1293

Re: Brassicas in greenhouse?

I know about nasturtiums and black fly but didn't realise the cabbage whites are partial to them as well.
Will certainly give this one a try.
Thanks.
by Spuddle
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: CATS!!
Replies: 31
Views: 2661

Re: CATS!!

I'm intrigued by your bottle of water, Becks. But how does it work, exactly?
by Spuddle
Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Brassicas in greenhouse?
Replies: 14
Views: 1293

Re: Brassicas in greenhouse?

Thanks for all the comments. Afraid I don't have a polytunnel - wish I did! Yes, I have tried netting them but the butterflies seem to find a way in (and can't get out so go an a laying binge) and then it's such a hassle to get under the netting to squash the eggs/caterpillars. The greenhouse is fai...
by Spuddle
Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:50 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Brassicas in greenhouse?
Replies: 14
Views: 1293

Brassicas in greenhouse?

For the third year running my brassicas have been a disaster. Caterpillars and pigeons have eaten their fill and nothing sems to deter them. This year I decided not to bother and have started a small patch for fruit instead. However, it occurs to me that if I grew the brassicas inside the greenhouse...
by Spuddle
Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Not new but haven't been around for a while
Replies: 7
Views: 479

Re: Not new but haven't been around for a while

Thanks folks. Nice to be here!
by Spuddle
Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Bye bye PSB and Kale
Replies: 12
Views: 974

Re: Bye bye PSB and Kale

Sorry to hear about your Kale and PSB, SusieGee. Mine were also stripped to the stalks by the pigeons - those that hadn't already been taken by the caterpillars and slugs that is. I picked what was left of the cabbages today and must have washed out a hundred horrid little slugs that had buried into...
by Spuddle
Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: cloches
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: cloches

I've tried all sorts of ways to protect brassicas and have decided not to grow them this year. It's not to difficult to keep the pigeons off by using netting or fleece but NOTHING seems to keep those darned butterflies out. They creep in through the tiniest gap and you only have to miss one and befo...
by Spuddle
Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Not new but haven't been around for a while
Replies: 7
Views: 479

Not new but haven't been around for a while

Hi there. I don't know what happened to last year. Very busy. Not a good year on the veg garden. Spent a LOT of time dispatching (or trying to) slugs, caterpillars and pigeons. New year resolutions: not to grow brassicas, finish the novel, and keep in touch with people here. http://writing-bug.blogs...