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We Saw the Sun this Morning!!!

11 Jul 2012
Storms 17°C / 63°F I was out there straight after breakfast to tackle tomatoes again – tying, pinching out, pruning some lower leaves. Most lower trusses have set well but I noticed that some higher up flowers are dying off – there just haven’t been the pollinators about to set the fruit with all this cold, wet weather.

There is an ant infestation in the greenhouse which I’ve tried to control organically (unsuccessful) so yesterday I resorted to a pyerthrum powder dusted around the floor and around each pot and am happy to say I haven’t seen one in there today. I really had to do something as they were building colonies in my large tomato tubs and in some of the chilli pots. Has anyone heard of using mint to control them? I tried this but no joy, perhaps not deployed in the right way? Anyway I see ants crawling about on my apple mint not obviously bothered by it. Any other suggestions for future reference?

Sun was short lived – no chance to really get stuck in with new bed building, ground prep or raspberry bed clean up. Did manage to harvest the last peas and clear away the plants. Also sowed more carrots to replace the ones the slugs devoured. Beetroot have been badly munched too so might resow those. Lettuces in bed 2 were smothered in very small black slugs last evening when I put down the bait. Need to sow more of these too.

Thunderstorms sent me scurrying indoors for a cuppa, impatiently watching water stream down the windows. In between storms managed to plant up a hanging basket and harvest the rest of the garlic, including one of the Elephant garlic, which is related to leeks and not a true garlic, having a garlic aroma but very mild flavour.

I’ve used 2 of them when they were small but this is the first full sized one. There are several small new ones forming as you can see in the pic. I’ve saved them to try growing them on – I know they wouldn’t produce a large bulb like this one – perhaps needing a couple of seasons to grow big enough. I don’t understand the ins and outs of garlic growth that well so this would be experimental.

Marooned in the greenhouse by one corker of a thunderstorm which included hail – in July?? Still forecast tomorrow is thankfully no rain until 4 pm but temps struggling to make 12C – I’m having a hottie tonight!




That’s one good lookin’ garlic. I’ve never seen a recently harvested elephant garlic, it’s bulblets nor did I know it was related to leeks.

Posted on 12 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

GORGEOUS elephant garlic! Sorry for all your rain. If I could only take some from you we’d both be happy!

Posted on 12 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I’ve been hearing about your rain woes from a friend in Yorkshire. Here’s hoping the sun comes out for good soon. Are you going to any Olympic events?

Posted on 13 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States4a

Beautiful garlic!

Sugar syrup with borax is very effective, assuming you have ants that will be attracted to sugar. When worker ants find the bait they carry it back to the nest and kill the colony.

Posted on 16 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

HollyBee – I’m not much of a sport watcher unless someone I know is taking part – though I do like to follow Wimbledon on TV – so I won’t be going. I count myself lucky not to live close to a river at present!
Thanks vaericks, I’ll have to get some borax.

Posted on 18 Jul 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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