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by fishpond
19 Jul 2015, 04:54
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Weeding in my Fruit Bed
Replies: 4
Views: 1889

Re: Weeding in my Fruit Bed

Wait until the plants are dormant.(winter) Carefully remove them with roots attached. Dig over the area, removing all trace of weeds. Incorporate manure/compost into the soil and after fruit trees have been replanted put down a 3" mulch. Replant fruit trees to the previous depth. (also scatter ...
by fishpond
18 Jul 2015, 16:24
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: What's all this stuff on my tree?
Replies: 12
Views: 4102

Re: What's all this stuff on my tree?

Manda, since you are an expert, can you tell me about the stuff on my tree too. It's a crab apple - taller than the garage. Last winter Jim took out all the little side shoots, so now there is a clean stem of 8' or more. Except it's not clean - it has a whiteish/grey sticky stuff on all little bobb...
by fishpond
14 Jul 2014, 20:08
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Ivy Killer wanted
Replies: 27
Views: 8785

Re: Ivy Killer wanted

"and at nearly 3x the recommended dosage and the Ivy just laughed at me like this {rofwl}"

Try the normal dose, it works for me maybe it will need 2 or 3 hits over a couple of months and in the evening, but it works.(with a small drop of detergent)
by fishpond
25 May 2014, 20:09
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Meet Smartie and Jellytot
Replies: 14
Views: 1512

Re: Meet Smartie and Jellytot

Gorgeous springs to mind.
I am sure they will be on their feet in a few days (and they will be keeping you on yours {rofwl} )
by fishpond
25 May 2014, 09:22
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Carrot Fly Protection
Replies: 11
Views: 2480

Re: Carrot Fly Protection

"Good news is they fly low and fairly horizontal, so a good screen around prevents them laying their eggs on your plants." If the above statement is correct, I assume they are able to fly through, or navigate around houses, fences, hedges etc ? Don't forget the wind might carry them over ...
by fishpond
24 May 2014, 13:07
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Carrot Fly Protection
Replies: 11
Views: 2480

Re: Carrot Fly Protection

"Good news is they fly low and fairly horizontal, so a good screen around prevents them laying their eggs on your plants."

If the above statement is correct, I assume they are able to fly through, or navigate around houses, fences, hedges etc ?
by fishpond
11 May 2014, 13:36
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Wiggy and the foot op
Replies: 13
Views: 921

Re: Wiggy and the foot op

Brilliant.
I want some of those bandages {rofwl}
by fishpond
27 Apr 2014, 03:25
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Fertile eggs with no cockerel?
Replies: 10
Views: 976

Re: Fertile eggs with no cockerel?

I happened to post on fb about our granddaughter asking us if our hen's eggs would hatch if we left them. I tried to explain, as well as I could to a 6yr old, that as we don't have any male chickens that wasn't possible. Then someone on fb told me that I was wrong and that hens don't need a cockere...
by fishpond
26 Apr 2014, 20:02
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Update as requested - Mycoplasma
Replies: 5
Views: 428

Re: Update as requested - Mycoplasma

Same as what Percy {hug&kiss} said.
These Cluckies certainly keep us on our toes.
by fishpond
26 Apr 2014, 18:28
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb .....
Replies: 14
Views: 2788

Re: Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb .....

Sorry
3 Rhubarb crumbles and plenty of stewed with custard and plenty more growing but I love the stuff so non spare from 5 crowns.
Helen, I still haven't bottled the 2 gall from a couple of years ago. {rofwl}
Just reminded me, I must pull some for Sunday. :-D
by fishpond
23 Apr 2014, 16:41
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Vine weevil
Replies: 6
Views: 1150

Re: Vine weevil

In hind site, I think that it is Vine Weevil as chafer grubs look like something out of alien (last one I dug up was 2" long yike* , once seen, never forgotten) cutworms tend to work on or just below the surface of the soil.
In my experience Vine weevil larvae have brown heads and creamy bodies.
by fishpond
23 Apr 2014, 16:32
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Vine weevil
Replies: 6
Views: 1150

Re: Vine weevil

"I should add that the critter I scooped out from under the affected plant was a grub type creature and not an adult weevil, a larvae I assume."

All three that I have mentioned are all soil living larvae of various creatures.
We learn by our mistakes )t'
by fishpond
23 Apr 2014, 14:30
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Vine weevil
Replies: 6
Views: 1150

Re: Vine weevil

"I pulled it and it was not attached to the rootball any more" Sounds like Vine Weevil , could be Cutworm or Chafer grub though. Have a shufty through the compost and see what you find Or get a container of clean water, remove a couple of your plants and drown the roots for 12 ish hours, i...
by fishpond
20 Apr 2014, 11:50
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Chickens breathing smoke fumes
Replies: 10
Views: 5985

Re: Chickens breathing smoke fumes

It is not illegal to have an occasional bonfire (1 a month or thereabouts, if it is more frequent it could be a nuisance) but it is illegal to pollute the atmosphere. That was my councils view last year anyway, so I burnt the letter they sent. I couldn't work it out either. My Cluckies showed no ill...
by fishpond
17 Apr 2014, 21:18
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: Stoat attack?
Replies: 14
Views: 7798

Re: Stoat attack?

I think 2" chicken wire is just asking for trouble.
You should be okay with 1" weld mesh, better with 1/2" x 1" but 1" should be okay as it is also a lot stronger than chicken wire.