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pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,192

On the plus side - my climbing French Beans have exceeded expectations.  I am giving lots away, freezing lots and eating copious amounts.  On the minus side - the bees are getting in through the back door of the runner bean flowers, and thus not pollinating them.  But just as I thought that wouldn't be a problem - the sparrows (plus side again - several broods raised and well fed on our bird seed etc) have decided to eat the flowers!

And then there is the rust on the chives.  And the blight on all the outdoor tomatoes.  And the caterpillars (presumably) that are chomping on the foliage of the chillies and sweet peppers - and when they get bored with that diet, drill small holes into the peppers themselves!  And other critturs chomping on the leaves of the perlargoniums.  And the grey mould on the hardy geraniums.  And .  .  .  .   why the heck do I do it?  why do I try to garden against all the odds?  

I don't spray stuff as a general rule.  I don't worry about lacy leaves.  I know that butterflies and moths mean caterpillars.  But why me?  I feel as if I have been singled out by Mother Nature to deal with all sorts of trials and tribulations.  Hopefully, though, it isn't just me!  image

Last edited: 27 August 2017 19:30:22


  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852

    Don't worry about rust in chives, chop it right down, it will come up again in no time and will be fine, mine does that all the time. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,192

    I've done that twice already this year Lyn.  The chives have come back each time, but I guess because of the damp grey weather we have endured for what passes as a summer, the problem recurs.  Oh, well - like all gardeners, I look ahead and assume that next year will be better!

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