Below are a couple of pictures of the hoes they offer, one is a hand hoe and the other a long handle hoe.
Thankfully the enclosed livestock are very small and not likely to stampede or anything once released from the package.
In the package there are a few leaflets telling how to apply the Encarsia
Which are stuck on to ten small cards, at this point they are living in whitefly pupae, sixty per card.
The Encarsia eventually hatch and then fly off looking for fresh whitefly pupae to infect and so this goes on until there will hopefully be no more whitefly left. I have to say that at the moment there is not much sign of this happening anytime soon but I guess you have to be patient.
To deploy the Encarsia you hang the cards on the plants and that’s it, job done.
By the way don’t worry about the Encarsia, they don’t hurt people, in fact they’re that small you can’t even see them, they aren’t like the big black and yellow wasps you see in the garden or house.
You could find something along the same lines to do the same job at a hiking store or similar. I like this one because I don’t need a separate belt also its pretty stiff canvas which as you can see doesn’t crush anything you put in there.
Then when you have it full all you need to do is take it off and tip the contents in to something larger and then set too and refill the pouch – hopefully many times over because I think most of us like our fresh soft fruits.
I’ve used this method for many years and find it handy not having to use one hand to hold a tray or whatever, it leaves both hands free for picking the fruit.
EB Said in a comment about the standard Rosemary getting top heavy and prone to blowing over. I think she is right and a problem I have all the time with my standard Fuchsia’s.
Yes Tippy did like the soft food I gave here instead of the pork pie, she had rice pudding which is one of her favourites.
The weather station is okay, it links to my computer. I got into recording the weather because of blogging, to give people an idea of what the climate is like. The trouble with the weather station is that we only have a small sheltered garden so you don’t really get proper wind readings, the rain gauge is accurate and temps are okay although again because the garden is sheltered I think they are a couple of degrees higher than out in the open.
Sara asked if dead heading Day Lilies makes them produce more flowers. I’m not really sure to be honest. When you look at the flower spikes it seems that the flowers are already there so taking off dead ones won’t make much difference to the amount of blooms produced. One thing removing dead flowers will do however is make the plant look tidier. I will tell you now that I don’t take off any dead flowers as a rule but that’s because of a lack of time more than anything else.
Matron has asked me how doing my own garden compares to doing the one at work. Well it’s a lot different. For one thing Vicki does most of the work in our garden, I cut the lawn and the hedges and plant up some of the pots, also at home I’m not as fussy. From reading about my work you probably think I’m a right fuss pot going round making sure everything is always neat and tidy but away from work I am totally opposite, it doesn’t bother me the same if everything isn’t just so.
Then quite a bit of this afternoon was spent watching the qualifying for the German Grand Prix tomorrow which was quite interesting in that it kept on lightly raining so this caused everyone to have to get their thinking caps on as to what tyres to use.
Vicki is out tonight so I got my own dinner and sat for a bit watching the World Touring Car race that I had recorded from last weekend. Its not my favourite series to watch but its okay to pass the time.
Vicki wants the Passion flower training up the front of the house and I'm in two minds whether to do that now although I tend to think I won't as I have to take Tom for his walk yet which usually has two options, a short walk to the farm and back or a full two mile spin round the block, I sorta favour the latter tonight.