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Lesson learnt in 24 months of using a full Mel's mix

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Lesson learnt in 24 months of using a full Mel's mix

Post  plantoid on 8/9/2013, 3:05 pm

Today I've spent rescuing the beds from 16 days of holiday time neglect, attack from hordes of cabbage white butterflies and ravages of various other plant eating bugs and beasts. 

I thought I'd got the hang of planting thing so that one crop wouldn't block out those crops adjacent to it ..how wrong I was Sad .
 

Most of the carrots greenery has gone berserk and blocked off most light from the onions leaving a poor crop of onions that a few week ago looked a  very  promising one a few weeks ago .

 The courgettes I planted at the edge of the wall of my 30 inch tall raised bed to fall down onto the lawn  have decided to grow towards the bungalow and try and climb over the blocking boards I put in place . They are now over two feet tall and producing buckets of courgettes .

The two apple cucumber plants I placed to fall over the edge of the herb bed have gone crazy and are six feet over the path with well over 100 apple cucumbers ..some as big as a large egg.

Collards.. I've never grown these before till Kay sent me some seeds .
 16 days ago a complete plant fed us for two days .. leaf veg one day ..bubble & squeak the next .

 Today I managed to pull out a three foot six tall specimen out a bed .. enough to feed a scout troop for a week . To add insult to injury there were forty or so batches of cabbage white butterfly eggs on it .

 Had a check of all the other brassicas and found zillions more eggs ready to hatch despite my using an insecticide 18 days ago . I ended up giving all the brassicas a big hair cut to leave just a few sound clean bug free leaves growing on each plant. If the cabbage white butterflies continue to visit my garden like a squadron of WW2 bombers I'll have to resort to chemical warfare and give all plants a good dose of Monsanto's best bug spray .

 Two years ago my darling neighbours who don't veg garden or flower plant set in  some 15 buddleia shrubs at the bottom of their garden to make a screen to blank off the down the slope  woodland beyond .. zillions of butterfly's , moths and bugs  are now  homing in on them , then stopping off in my garden to lay their eggs on our  nice juicy veg  once they have had a fill of the buddleia's nectar .
Before they planted the buddleia  I hardly saw a cabbage white or had any insect damage . Rolling Eyes 

 The calabrese/ heading broccoli  was not big enough before we went away so I sliced off the 2 " dia  heads and we took them on holiday , had them  an evening scoff on day two .. On looking at them today they have re headed and burst into flower....ah well they got another haircut and we'll see if they remake a head or three.

Laughing     I've only another seven years till Munchkin goes to university , then I can rearrange cheaper off the beaten track holidays to fit in with gardening & cropping instead of at present having to leave the almost harvestable crops to the bugs beasts and birds & go on holiday with the masses.
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Post  camprn on 8/10/2013, 8:40 am

I think your gardens look terrific!

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