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by Green Aura
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Eco friendly insecticide
Replies: 13
Views: 7516

Re: Eco friendly insecticide

When I said I didn't know why, I meant it shouldn't have been a surprise. We have a vast history of ruining eco-systems by introducing beautiful/medicinal/pest killing flora and fauna into alien terrains, which take over.
by Green Aura
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Eco friendly insecticide
Replies: 13
Views: 7516

Re: Eco friendly insecticide

Absolutely, Weedo, my oil comes from India where it's native. I always worry about "locally produced" items that shouldn't have been grown anywhere near here. I'm surprised about neem though - I thought it was a tree. Although I'm not sure why, we have a terrible problem up here in the Scottish High...
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Eco friendly insecticide
Replies: 13
Views: 7516

Re: Eco friendly insecticide

I wouldn't have thought so - it'll float.
by Green Aura
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Change of Lifestyle
Replies: 12
Views: 2650

Re: Change of Lifestyle

Good point. Fortunately, over the last few years, those things we were still growing were all given over to heritage varieties so we can save our own seed. Stuff for in the garden though! I'll try to remember to leave a couple of each for seed production. (Runs off to find seed companies with stock....
by Green Aura
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Apples
Replies: 3
Views: 963

Re: Apples

There's an excellent website www.orangepippin.com which not only describes loads of different fruit tree varieties but also allows you to compare selected ones. A quick glance tells me that Elstar is a yellow/red dessert apple with a honeyed flavour and slightly irregular shape. James Grieve is a co...
by Green Aura
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Change of Lifestyle
Replies: 12
Views: 2650

Re: Change of Lifestyle

Not so much. We'd already bought the new greenhouse before lockdown was a thing and the garden revamp was planned, if not actually started. Most of what we're doing is structural, trying to grab a bit of space to grow some simple things like salads etc. I suppose lockdown did give OH a little more f...
by Green Aura
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Bay leaves
Replies: 1
Views: 791

Re: Bay leaves

Some of the yellowing is older leaves that are ready to fall off.

Check to see if it looks root bound before moving it up a pot.

Bay leaves don't like too much water but growing in a pot they'll need feeding,
by Green Aura
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Apples, pears and blackcurrants
Replies: 5
Views: 1014

Re: Apples, pears and blackcurrants

It looks like some sort of fungal infection or blight on the pear tree. You can get antifungal treatments - I don't know of any other treatment. Depending how much of the tree is infected, I'd be thinking of removing it and starting again, maybe somewhere else. I think you could just cut of those dy...
by Green Aura
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing runner beans
Replies: 12
Views: 1497

Re: Growing runner beans

I don't think I've ever had black fly on runner beans but nearly always on broad beans. They'll eat the plants to the point where they won't be able to produce beans if you leave them. Just make a spray of soapy water with a small amount of cooking oil and spray the affected areas regularly.
by Green Aura
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Apples, pears and blackcurrants
Replies: 5
Views: 1014

Re: Apples, pears and blackcurrants

Without pictures it's difficult to tell what's going on but I'm guessing watering will rectify some of your issues. Even well-established shrubs won't like sustained drought - if that's what you're experiencing. I don't know how old any of your trees/shrubs are but younger ones will definitely need ...
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Short Mead
Replies: 10
Views: 2024

Re: Short Mead

Some of us have managed to avoid it for 60-odd years. :cheers: :lol:
by Green Aura
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Short Mead
Replies: 10
Views: 2024

Re: Short Mead

Has no one ever told you not to play with your food (and drink)? :tongue: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Green Aura
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Probably a little late for rationing but...
Replies: 10
Views: 2009

Re: Probably a little late for rationing but...

I think the damage was done pre-rationing, Flo. We went seriously off the rails for a while.

I think you've got something there though - we get exercise in the garden but I'm sure a good walk round a supermarket would help enormously. :wink: :lol:
by Green Aura
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Probably a little late for rationing but...
Replies: 10
Views: 2009

Re: Probably a little late for rationing but...

It sort of fell by the wayside, I'm afraid. Thanks to all the bread etc we both put on almost half a stone! I'm sure that was not by doing the rationing - that probably stopped the upward gallop, but scared us both enough to go back to our low carb lifestyle. Fortunately we've been having more luck ...
by Green Aura
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Short Mead
Replies: 10
Views: 2024

Re: Short Mead

Can't you add anything to it to flavour it? 3.9% abv isn't bad for a refreshing drink in the summer.