Living the Good Life…

Adventures of the garden patch

Pest disaster!

Since finding my green house completely over run with green-fly and white fly, I panicked, thinking that they would continue to spread past my strawberries and cucumber and onto my peppers, and tomatoes as well and soon i would have¬† a green house full! So last week I sprayed the plants and soil with an instant pesticide for green-fly, white fly and black fly. As far as I can tell the spray worked and many have been killed, however not without a price… it would seem that even though the spray was for fruit and veg crops, and I was carefull not to spray any fruit or flowers as it suggested it still seems to have harmed the plants…

As you can see n this cucumber plant, the new shoots have opened up with burnt leaves, I am just hoping that new shoots will come through after these. You can also see the trail of dead green-fly which has been left behind, it is easy to see spot the difference between the alive and dead green-fly due to their colour change but unfortunately the dead white fly look fairly similar to the alive ones, which is also making things difficult.

Even the stems have been damaged by the spray…

Affects of the pesticide – leaf damage on the cucumbers.

So now I am going to look at natural ways of dealing with pests as both the slug pellets and pesticides have done nothing but cause further damage!

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Cucumber update

My cucumber plants seem to be coming on nicely in the greenhouse, especially with the extra space, one of the smaller ones died off after the move but the remaining four are still going strong…. my only problem has been with slugs, which keep eating the leaves!!!

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Taking Root!

Everything seems to be flurishing in this nice weather, I have been able to move a lot of plants outside, which is a good job becuase inside was staring to become quite over-run….

My cucmber plants were over growing in the propagators so I moved them into a grow bag were hopefully they will like it a lot better, and will grow nice and big. Origanlly i had them on the floor so there was room for them to grow up, but I thought they would get more sun up on this top shelf!

I planted some of my strawberries into this long planter and since then they seem to have really taken to their new home. Being in the greenhouse has bought more fruit and the new planters has given them more space to grow!

A couple of weeks  ago I planted some mixed dahlia bulbs, i kept them in the greenhouse so they would stay warm but this week i brought them out while the weather is so hot and this week they have started to come up!

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