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  • in reply to: The future of this forum #70664

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    I am an infrequent poster but I try to contribute to other posts when I post a question of my own
    I have had really useful answers to my questions and found it invaluable
    I hope it can continue but understand the tech constaints may make it difficult
    Best wishes
    Alastair

    in reply to: What killed my cucumbers? #70656

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    So I have sacrificed all my melon plants which were clearly also affected and burnt them. Chickens loved the unripe melons!

    My aubergine photos are attached I can’t see any of the spiders web stuff on them but leaves are mottled and there are white insects and greenfly visible on the back of the leaves (see pic)

    I don’t think these are red spider mites having looked at somme pics online.

    Dare I keep the aubergines? Should I just grow tomatoes next year?

    Thanks for any pointers

    Alastair

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    in reply to: Catch crop in new asparagus bed? #70652

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    I sowed yellow mustard last autumn as a green manure between mine and they seem happy enough I have a mixture of crowns and see grown now in their second summer. Need to put up some support so that’s a winter job coming up!

    in reply to: What killed my cucumbers? #70651

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    Sorry only just seen these replies – thankyou. Now that’s interesting because the aubergine leaves are not healthy either and the same happened last year with the aubergines though they are producing fruit OK. I woulld like to avoid removing the aubergine plants til they have fruited. Any tips for control appreciated – anyone tried biological controls?

    in reply to: Climbing french beans #70427

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    Thanks Cleansweep!!

    in reply to: Poo, carpet, compost, plant straight away ok?? #70417

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    So you are leaving the carpet in situ under the compost? As long as it is biodegradable I guess that will be ok but may take a long time to rot down so my only concern would be whether there is enough depth of compost on top of the carpet to allow adequate rooting. Should get rid of the couch grass effectively though. That’s my main enemy too! You could always do a trial and use carpet on half and cardboard on the other half. Good luck
    Alastair

    in reply to: Asparagus and new beds? #51935

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    I mulched a low raised bed with 6 inches of council compost which effectively suppressed the couch grass which is my main enemy. I planted asparagus crowns and home grown seedlings immediately after mulching and it seems to have been OK though some ongoing weeding needs to be done carefully so as not to damage asparagus roots.
    Good luck!

    in reply to: Globe artichokes – care #51656

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    Thanks Andy that was my feeling the leaf quality has actually improved as the autumn has progressed

    in reply to: Shallot seeds #49864

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    Thanks Stringfellow will give them a try
    Alastair

    in reply to: Borlotto Beans confusion #49611

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    Thanks Stringfellow will do
    Alastair

    in reply to: Borlotto Beans confusion #49608

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    Hi everyone
    Many of my Czar pods are still not dry as mentioned above so presumably there is a risk of frost damage if I leave it much longer to harvest so shoulld I bring them in now?
    Thanks for advice
    Alastair

    in reply to: Onions going soft and mildewy #49019

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    Mine have been like this too though I am storing for the first time in a brick shed in the dark so thought it might just be too damp haven’t negotiated agreement to keep them hanging in the kitchen!

    in reply to: Sprout newbie #48487

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    OK thanks again

    in reply to: Sprout newbie #48484

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    Oh great thanks very much Charles will try this. I have removed all yellow leaves I have read suggestions to remove healthy leaves too til nearly the top of the plant- is that a good idea?
    Also does the smell of BT sound right?
    Many thanks again
    Alastair

    in reply to: Moth on garden pea – Silver Y? #47388

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    ok thanks Charles yesterday’s harvest about 50% of pods were affected but caterpillars were only a few mm long and some peas in the affected pods were still ok

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