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Monthly Archives: October 2017

  • slugs and snails

    Be rid of slugs and snails...quick and easy

    There are many ways in which you can be rid of these pests, the most common is hand picking them which is a very effective method however you can’t be on watch of your garden all the time so here are a few more methods you can use.

    Copper strips are a good way of getting them away. If you place copper strips along your raised beds and anywhere else you may need. slugs and snails wont cross them as it gives them an electric shock when they touch the copper.

    Iron phosphate is a good thing to use as well because once ingested it will kill the slugs and snails. Iron phosphate is a compound that combines phosphorous and oxygen with iron. It can kill slugs and snails when eaten. The toxicity of iron compounds like this depends on the amount of available iron. Iron is an essential mineral for plants and animals. It can be found in the environment, foods, and water.

  • Himalayan Balsam

    Britain's worst nightmare

     

    Introduced to the UK in 1839, Himalayan balsam is now a naturalised plant, found especially on riverbanks and in waste places where it has become a problem weed. Himalayan balsam tolerates low light levels and shades out other vegetation, so gradually impoverishing habitats by killing off other plants. It is sometimes seen in gardens, either uninvited or grown deliberately, but care must be taken to ensure that it does not escape into the wild. Himalayan balsam is a tall growing annual, 2-3m (6-10ft) in height. Between June and October, it produces clusters of purplish pink (or rarely white) helmet-shaped flowers. The flowers are followed by seed pods that open explosively when ripe. Continue reading

  • Rainbow Carrots

    Weird and Wonderful...carrots in many colours

    Ever heard of rainbow carrots? No not your average orange carrot, but multi-coloured instead. History tells us that the original carrot emerged from Middle Asia around present-day Afghanistan at least 5,000 years ago. It spread slowly to the area of the Mediterranean and was probably white, yellow or purple. These original carrots were not used as a food source by the ancients, but were used for medicinal purposes. Were these ancient people wrong in thinking that carrots have health benefits? Apparently not…About 300 years ago, it was the Dutch growers who first selected and planted the carrot in patriotic Orange, the Dutch national colour and Royal Family House colour. Thus, these orange carrots were seventeenth century “designer” carrots! Growers took red and yellow carrots to create the orange root, just like using a paint box. Before then, carrots were purple, red, white, green, yellow, or black. You can buy rainbow carrot seeds online and are just as easy to grow as normal carrots. These odd carrots apparently don’t differ in taste too much compared to average orange carrots however are great to grow and look at.

    Our polytunnels are strong and great for growing crops throughout all seasons so why not give it a go this season just follow the link below.Rainbow carrots

  • Marquee

    Crocodile Trading's Marquees and Instant Shelters at Festivals

     

    Crocodile Trading supply nationwide a vast range of heavy duty marquees and Instant Shelters throughout festivals all over the UK. Our Commercial Quality Structures are popular as a base for many activities….Catering, Exhibiting retailing etc. Continue reading

  • Shallots

    Guide to growing shallots

    Like onions, shallots like a firm soil with a fine tilth. If you’ve rotovated or dug over, ‘heel and toe’ tread the soil firm prior to planting. Continue reading

  • How to make a quick and easy fruit fly trap?

    Be Rid Of Those Nasty Pests

    Materials needed:

    • Glass bowl
    • Wine or juice
    • Dish soap
    • Cling film
    • Tooth pick

    Step one – Fill the glass bowl 1/3 of the way full with your wine or juice. Next take a piece of the fruit that the flies are attracted to and put it into the bowl, this will attract the fruit flies. Continue reading

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