The Decline of the Evil Weevil and The 5 best things at the Edible Garden Show 2016


29-I pod 031Following on from my last post where I discovered an outbreak of Vine Weevil in my Strawberry tubs I set about dumping infected plants, and dumping the compost away from my garden, some new Strawberry Plants ordered and a recommended chemical purchased and applied.

A necessary evil.?

A necessary evil.?

I’ve also started to receive parcels of plants that I ordered earlier in the year.

Newly arrived baby Fuchsia plants.

Newly arrived baby Fuchsia plants.

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Potted and growing on.

12 new Fuchsia plants, a mixture of Bush and Uprights. I’m hoping to go potastic this year and make up a few nice containers of mixed plants. (Vine Weevil Permitting.!)

The Fuchsia plants came from a mail order company that I have used in the past called Potash Nursery they also attend many of the major flower shows throughout the year.

Seed sowing has started....

Seed sowing has started….

I was hoping for some settled weather over Easter so I could potter in the garden and faff with a bit of seed sowing in the greenhouse, however storm Katie blew through last night dumping almost an inch of rain on the garden leaving everything soggy and a bit meh.

So I just thought I’d show you some of the best things I spotted during my recent, and first visit to the Edible Garden Show which was held recently at Stoneleigh park in Warwickshire.

I visited on the Saturday.

I visited on the Saturday.

 

1st.

The first item that caught my eye was this…

The Garden Scoot in bright purple.

The Garden Scoot in bright purple.

A seat on wheels that you can move about sidewards on. (I just thought it had big eyes).

Available from Garden Scoot.

2nd.

This dinky living picture frame and these splendid seed packets on the Sea Spring Seeds stand.

3rd.

Kitchen Garden Magazine stand.

Kitchen Garden Magazine stand.

Kitchen Garden Magazine.

This stand in-particular stood out to me as it was nicely set up with lots of little offers on.

 

4th.

I also went to a couple of talks, and the one below stood out to me quite positively.

The talk was called Growing in small spaces by Mark Abbot-Compton.

A Talk by this chap.

A Talk by this chap.

Mark runs a  website called Learn How to Garden,  Gardening Courses.com it is pioneering teaching using internet courses that give step by step tuition to beginner gardeners right through to the more technical aspects of horticulture and an online monthly interactive publication.

His talk was very interesting, and interesting in which an ‘old hand’ like myself a learned few new bits of info, such as the reason why seed packets state why Cabbage crops should be 2ft apart*.

5th.

Beautifully designed seed packets from Meadow in my Garden.

Beautifully designed seed packets from Meadow in my Garden.

Each of these packets of seed looked like little works of art to me.

The stall was Meadow in my Garden. but  I noticed from the packet that the contents were supplied by Thomas Etty Esq. Heritage Seeds.

 

So that was the 5 best things I saw, to be honest there were lots of interesting things, and many of them were quite pricey for what they were.

The only purchase I made however was a subscription to a magazine which gave out extra seeds if you subscribed at the show. Also it appeared to me that every other stall sold Chilli pepper seedlings, as I’ve already got an increasing population of chilli seedlings in my greenhouse I did without.

 

 

*Cabbages are stated to be 2ft apart because the wheelbase of Massey Ferguson tractors are 4ft apart, and it was so the tractors could move about the fields for harvesting & spraying etc….

 

Bye for now…

12 thoughts on “The Decline of the Evil Weevil and The 5 best things at the Edible Garden Show 2016

  1. Someone was rabbiting on to me today that Bayer are going to stop making that Vine Weevil Killer. Can’t substantiate that rumour but plan to buy a bottle in case. And I wonder if Mark has only one shirt or bought a job lot of identical ones.

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  2. I am very fortunate that Mark lives just down the road from me. I met him this year when he gave a talk at out allotment AGM. He is a very knowledgeable guy and I could listen to him all day. It is weird because I have been watching and linking to his videos for a couple of years but didn’t realise he was local.

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    • Eh, there’s nowt wrong with wine! Soz, couldn’t resist.

      Them weevils are no respecters of class – IME they’re more likely to arrive in bigger, expensive plants than bargain ones. I wonder if it’s because those little plants have such a quick turnaround there’s no time for the weevils to lay eggs on them. Anything I buy now is kept in a quarantine area for at least a month (and the pot treated to a drench), before being allowed near the “real” garden!

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  3. How far apart did he recommend for cabbages? Always good to know these things.

    Thomas Etty seed packets are lovely. If you do buy from them, you need to order well in advance as they take quite a while to dispatch orders. They have an impressive chilli collection.

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