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Old 22-08-2005, 03:53 PM
Martin Sykes
 
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I'm in my 3rd year of weedkiller/pesticide free gardening and the results so
far seem encouraging although too soon to say it's definitely the reason :

1. Almost no slug/snail damage this year, even on the hostas. I've been
encouraging the birds ( there is now a regular thrush and a decent pile of
smashed snail shells) and using pistachio shells round the hostas.

2. Hardly an aphid of any variety to be seen anywhere ( although no
significant increase in ladybirds/lacewings either as far as I can tell )

Still causing problems though a

1. Chafer grubs in the lawn despite the best efforts of the starlings

2. Mildew

And has anyone noticed that with the increase in bees etc., the flowers seem
to be over almost as soon as they've begun ?

On balance though, it's definitely a less stressful and cheaper way to
garden...

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Old 22-08-2005, 04:33 PM
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On Mon, 22 Aug 2005 15:53:05 +0100, "Martin Sykes"
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I'm in my 3rd year of weedkiller/pesticide free gardening and the results so
far seem encouraging although too soon to say it's definitely the reason :

1. Almost no slug/snail damage this year, even on the hostas. I've been
encouraging the birds ( there is now a regular thrush and a decent pile of
smashed snail shells) and using pistachio shells round the hostas.

2. Hardly an aphid of any variety to be seen anywhere ( although no
significant increase in ladybirds/lacewings either as far as I can tell )

Still causing problems though a

1. Chafer grubs in the lawn despite the best efforts of the starlings

2. Mildew

And has anyone noticed that with the increase in bees etc., the flowers seem
to be over almost as soon as they've begun ?

On balance though, it's definitely a less stressful and cheaper way to
garden...


Well done I say.
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Old 22-08-2005, 09:45 PM
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2. Mildew



Could this be a spacing problem? I have some mildew this season but
only on plants that are in very close proximity to each other, thus not
allowing adequate ventilation.

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Old 22-08-2005, 10:17 PM
ned
 
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"Martin Sykes" wrote in
message ...
I'm in my 3rd year of weedkiller/pesticide free gardening and the

results so
far seem encouraging although too soon to say it's definitely the

reason :

1. Almost no slug/snail damage this year, even on the hostas. I've

been
encouraging the birds ( there is now a regular thrush and a decent

pile of
smashed snail shells) and using pistachio shells round the hostas.

2. Hardly an aphid of any variety to be seen anywhere ( although no
significant increase in ladybirds/lacewings either as far as I can

tell )

Still causing problems though a

1. Chafer grubs in the lawn despite the best efforts of the

starlings

2. Mildew

And has anyone noticed that with the increase in bees etc., the

flowers seem
to be over almost as soon as they've begun ?

On balance though, it's definitely a less stressful and cheaper way

to
garden...


Don't get your hopes up too high.
Generally it has been a pretty poor year for most insects.
Only way to measure your 'success' is to compare with others in your
locality.
In my area, bees, wasps and hoverflies seem to have thrived but
butterflies, moths, ladybirds and aphids have been well down on
normal.
....... and I am happy to share my garden with them all. :-))

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ned

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Old 22-08-2005, 10:53 PM
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On Mon, 22 Aug 2005 15:53:05 +0100, "Martin Sykes"
wrote:

I'm in my 3rd year of weedkiller/pesticide free gardening and the results so
far seem encouraging although too soon to say it's definitely the reason :

1. Almost no slug/snail damage this year, even on the hostas. I've been
encouraging the birds ( there is now a regular thrush and a decent pile of
smashed snail shells) and using pistachio shells round the hostas.

2. Hardly an aphid of any variety to be seen anywhere ( although no
significant increase in ladybirds/lacewings either as far as I can tell )

Still causing problems though a

1. Chafer grubs in the lawn despite the best efforts of the starlings

2. Mildew

And has anyone noticed that with the increase in bees etc., the flowers seem
to be over almost as soon as they've begun ?

On balance though, it's definitely a less stressful and cheaper way to
garden...


Sounds like you're doing a grand job.
Have you tried spraying with diluted milk for the mildew? It worked
for me on one plant.

Pam in Bristol


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