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    grumpyaudeman
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    Location: Correze 8 years Pays basque 10 years Aude what a dump 3 years of to the Bearne next year
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    Hi

    I am not a green gardener but my Dad sprayed aphids back in the 50’s60’s with soap, is that allowed because it worked, as did all the fag ends soaked in a bucket of water and used as a spray
    I am sure the red ends of matches in water is a no no but again it worked

    On an aside when ever aphids are a problem I have noticed Ants are involved they appear to be farming them for the sugar excretions and moving them to new growth on the plant I counter this on Peach by pinching off the new growth


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    jeff58
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    Location: SW Haute Vienne, 87 (close to 24 and 16)
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    I was really interested in Char’s reply…not forthcoming as yet, since it was she who extolls the virtue of the mini ecosystem…whereas mine is patently NOT working.


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    jeff58
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    Hello? Char????


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    jeff58
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    Any thoughts Char? Pearls of wisdom?


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    Char
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    Location: 23. Creuse. Limousin.
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    Sorry Jeff – missed your question. :oops:

    No chemicals of any description have been used on my garden for the 15 years that I’ve had it and I think the place was empty for about 5 years or so before that – so it’s had plently of time to find it’s balence between pests and predators.

    So I’m afraid if you want a quick fix you’d probably be better of asking in the Gardening section – I’m sure someone more knowlageable than me will be more than happy to help.

    Meanwhile – here’s a Jenny Wren from my garden. ’tis one of a pair that have fledglings at the moment and they are catching a lot of my pests to feed to their young.


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    Four fresh wrens appeared from nowhere whilst I was having a cold Leffe on holiday last week by the banks of the Aveyron.
    A couple of feet was all they could manage on day one but on the morning of day two all four had progressed to flights of about 10 feet, très cool to observe :cool:


    Je suis Spotty - FSM, he boiled for our sins !

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    jeff58
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    What do I have here? She is about 45mm from top to bottom, body is 15-20mm.

    Spider, Limousin, 22/07/15


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    colebags
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    Location: Lot et Garonne (47)
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    Looks like a wasp spider, they bite :shock:


    Lizzie

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    Spotty
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    All spiders bite :grin:


    Je suis Spotty - FSM, he boiled for our sins !

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    Char
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    Location: 23. Creuse. Limousin.
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    Char
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    Wasp


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    Char
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    I’m a happy bunny. :grin:

    Teasle by Charlotte Fabian on 500px.com

     


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    Char
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    :grin:

    Goldfinch by Charlotte Fabian on 500px.com


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    Char
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    Such divine music from such a little bird.

    robin by Charlotte Fabian on 500px.com

     


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    Tricia
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    Location: SW Gers
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    Lovely photo Char – I haven’t seen or heard one yet.
    He usually arrives when we start to clear the veg. plot and it’s far too dry to so far.


    Tricia

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