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Just Jane



Joined: 16 Mar 2006
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Location: France
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 12:12 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

One of my colleagues recommended planting linseed along with the potatoes as it attracts insects which feed on the colorado beetle (or maybe its young). I've done this but as the linseed is only just through its too soon to tell if it works - I found a few of the beetles last year but no obvious affect on the spuds

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44270
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can you autumn plant linseed?

Blue Sky



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
Posts: 7654
Location: France
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We are quite far south (about 2 thirds the way down). I am not sure of the situation further north. Maybe somebody from Brittany/Normandy could advise?

hardworkinghippy



Joined: 01 Jan 2005
Posts: 1110
Location: Bourrou South West France
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I let my chickens free-range all over the garden, but just protect soft vegetables, newly planted seeds and seedlings, salad etc. They eat everything which could be a problem.

You can protect your plot in the summer and let the chicks go over it in the winter - no slugs here either thanks to the chicks.

Blue Sky



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
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Location: France
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hardworkinghippy wrote:
You can protect your plot in the summer and let the chicks go over it in the winter - no slugs here either thanks to the chicks.


Nice one. Don't they scrat the seedlings out? Or do you use cloches to get them established?

I've started an new thread with a more recognisable heading.

S

Just Jane



Joined: 16 Mar 2006
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Location: France
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Can you autumn plant linseed?


Don't know - I just sprinkled some on at the same time as I planted the spuds

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44270
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just Jane wrote:
tahir wrote:
Can you autumn plant linseed?


Don't know - I just sprinkled some on at the same time as I planted the spuds


Just found a site that says early to late spring sowing

Anna-marie



Joined: 18 Sep 2005
Posts: 980
Location: West Wales
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 2:41 pm    Post subject: Re: They're here again .... Reply with quote    

simon wrote:
The dreaded Doryphores that is! (COLORADO BEETLES)

I havn't spotted any on our crop of spuds yet but a neighbour just down the road has lots of them

More information is available on the DEFRA website:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/planth/pub1.htm
including downloadable & distributable posters such as the one below.

Anyone else got 'em yet???







S
[bSo if they are a notifiable pest over here, why are France, Spain and Italy allowed to export their produce to us?
Anna-marie[/b]

oddballdave



Joined: 08 Mar 2006
Posts: 259
Location: Telford, Shropshire
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: They're here again .... Reply with quote    

Anna-marie wrote:
[bSo if they are a notifiable pest over here, why are France, Spain and Italy allowed to export their produce to us?
Anna-marie[/b]


Because of the way they are handled?

http://www.defra.gov.uk/planth/newsitems/colorado.pdf

is the most recent document I know of.
Spud came direct from field in refrigerated lorry, so Beetles go into hibernation. Whoever works for Smiths/Walkers must be trained to look for 'bugs' since bug flavoured crisps have not been found to be too popular.

Dave

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
Posts: 13967
Location: Eastoft
PostPosted: Thu May 18, 06 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are they still reportable in this country?

Anna-marie



Joined: 18 Sep 2005
Posts: 980
Location: West Wales
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 06 9:03 am    Post subject: Re: They're here again .... Reply with quote    

oddballdave wrote:
Anna-marie wrote:
[bSo if they are a notifiable pest over here, why are France, Spain and Italy allowed to export their produce to us?
Anna-marie[/b]


Because of the way they are handled?

http://www.defra.gov.uk/planth/newsitems/colorado.pdf

is the most recent document I know of.
Spud came direct from field in refrigerated lorry, so Beetles go into hibernation. Whoever works for Smiths/Walkers must be trained to look for 'bugs' since bug flavoured crisps have not been found to be too popular.
Dave


Oh, I see, so we get insecticide-flavoured crisps, instead, then?

Anna-marie



Joined: 18 Sep 2005
Posts: 980
Location: West Wales
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 06 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bernie66 wrote:
Are they still reportable in this country?


They are indeed. See Dave's link, above.

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
Posts: 13967
Location: Eastoft
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 06 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Anna-marie wrote:
Bernie66 wrote:
Are they still reportable in this country?


They are indeed. See Dave's link, above.


Doh

Anna-marie



Joined: 18 Sep 2005
Posts: 980
Location: West Wales
PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


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