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by happyhippy
Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:14 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do i make liquid soda crystals?
Replies: 5
Views: 1609

Re: How do i make liquid soda crystals?

Hi,hope this idea helps you,I've been using it for years!Ok first buy some pure soap flakes.You can usually pick up a box cheap enough from your nearest largish supermarket.Measure out two cups and place in a non aluminium saucepan.Add half a litre of water and gently heat until the flakes have comp...
by happyhippy
Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:55 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3225

Re: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!

Incredible what nature can do when you need some help hey?After reading on this thread about ladybirds,I was hoping and praying some would find my black fly!A couple of days later I was incredibly happy to find they had come to my rescue!Amazing! :cheers:
by happyhippy
Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:34 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3225

Re: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!

Just a quick update of the black fly front!Well on close inspection last week we counted over a dozen ladybirds,and even saw some baby ones(cute.. :icon_smile: ).I do still have black fly on the beans but numbers have been heavily reduced.Thankyou to all that helped me out with advice/idea's,much ap...
by happyhippy
Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Spring Onions - this is so wierd
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Spring Onions - this is so wierd

How strange!Another one of lifes mysteries I guess!Atleast now they are growing! :icon_smile:
by happyhippy
Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Why are'nt my chooks eating greens???
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: Why are'nt my chooks eating greens???

Thanks for the replies so far.Yes they are on grass,and maybe thats the problem!Come to think of it,the lady we brought them from,brought them in as chicks from a hatchery,then she had them in a large run without anything green to eat,so as you have suggested,maybe its a learned thing?I'm just worri...
by happyhippy
Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Why are'nt my chooks eating greens???
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Why are'nt my chooks eating greens???

Hi all, I've kept chooks now,on and off for the past few years.I always fed them,apart from the usual pellets ect,a selection of greens,which could be anything from spinach leaves to dandelion leaves.We recently brought some new chooks which are point of lay.They are kept in a quite large "open"run,...
by happyhippy
Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Need recommendations for accomo in London please!
Replies: 2
Views: 629

Need recommendations for accomo in London please!

Ok OH and I are off to London this Thurs/Fri(July 22nd-23rd).Normally we plan things way ahead of time,but have to attend to some business and it can't wait.We are going to the The Strand,which I am guessing is classed as being in the West End of London?We need some accomo for this Thursday night.Ha...
by happyhippy
Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:10 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: banties versus chooks?
Replies: 9
Views: 979

Re: banties versus chooks?

Hi,I've kept chooks for 20 odd years(on and off depending where we lived)and I've just reverted back to chooks after having bantams.We moved house last December and one of the first things we did was to section off some garden for chooks.My sister in law runs a community farm so we decided to lend s...
by happyhippy
Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3225

Re: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!

Wow what a nice surprise I found this morning.No I still have black fly(although numbers have subsided)but on closer inspection.......we also have.......................ladybirds! :cheers: Could not believe my eyes,I found atleast 10,all eating away happily!How brilliant is that?So happy,and also gr...
by happyhippy
Sat Jul 10, 2010 5:41 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3225

Re: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!

Well the second spraying of soapy water has done the trick again.I'm wondering,does the black fly just go for beans in particular?If so I think I'll skip growing them next year.I just hate the sight of those bugs all over my nicely growing beans!
by happyhippy
Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3225

Re: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!

Now that is a good idea!Thankyou for passing it on!xx
by happyhippy
Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:56 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3225

Re: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!

Just come from the veg garden and yes the black fly are back on my beans! :angryfire: Christine,do you mind me asking how much those ladybirds cost?I would'nt mind going down that road.I will have to respray my beans today with the soapy water,and kill them off again.It definately worked the last ti...
by happyhippy
Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3225

Re: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!

Hi,well I have checked my beans and yes it looks like it worked!I really did'nt like using the dishwashing liquid,would of used more natural controls but time was of the essence and I guess had I ordered some ladybirds it would of probably been too late.I did notice next doors shrub is covered with ...
by happyhippy
Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:07 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3225

Re: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!

Wow I hope to god that happens to ours!lol!!!Its early morning(7am)at the mo but when I have got ready for the day I am heading outside to see if the dishwashing liquid has worked!You are soi lucky you had so many ladybirds turning up!xx
by happyhippy
Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:01 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help!My beans have black fly!!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3225

Help!My beans have black fly!!!!

I went out onto my veg garden last Wednesday,and to my horror noticed "clusters"of black fly on my runner beans! :shock:I put on some gloves and squished most if not all of them.So today(Saturday) I was pottering around outside,and could not believe it!They're back and whats worse is there seems to ...