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protecting climbing beans from bean fly

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland yesterday. 1 Reply

I came up with this method of protecting my young climbing beans from bean…Continue

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fungus/pest on climbing beans

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Watson Jul 26. 2 Replies

Can someone please identify this pest/blight on the leaves my climbing beans?These leaves are from my Purple Kings - the adjacent Blue Lake beans are less affected. The Purple Kings have lost 50% of…Continue

Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fiona Ryan Jun 11. 19 Replies

Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?  We've had both about the place.Photos attached of eaten spinach and coriander plants.Continue

bean fly attacking young bean plants?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley May 19. 11 Replies

Hi everyone, new here, and hoping for a successful winter bean crop with a little help from your good selves.I'm successful with snake beans in the last two summers. Winter beans, notsomuch. The…Continue

Tags: fly, bean, beans

 

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Andrew Cumberland replied to Mike Watson's discussion protecting climbing beans from bean fly
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protecting climbing beans from bean fly

I came up with this method of protecting my young climbing beans from bean fly, whose larvae killed successive plantings of my Blue Lake and Purple King beans before I diagnosed the cause. I live in north-west Brisbane.The plants are most vulnerable to this insidious pest in the first 4-5 weeks of life, after which bean fly larvae attack is unlikely to be fatal, though it…See More
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Mike Watson replied to Mike Watson's discussion fungus/pest on climbing beans
"Hi Dave, thanks for the reponse. I always water the roots, never the foliage. As for spacing pairs of climbing bean plants all over the garden, I'm not sure I have the space. Happy to try other varieties. I might just ditch the purple kings…"
Jul 26
Dave Riley replied to Mike Watson's discussion fungus/pest on climbing beans
"I know nothing about specific plant diseases. So I'm not going to diagnose. However, if a fungal disease infects I always think that the best response --always -- is to only water the soil and not the leaves. ...and plant a mixture of plant…"
Jul 21
Mike Watson posted a discussion

fungus/pest on climbing beans

Can someone please identify this pest/blight on the leaves my climbing beans?These leaves are from my Purple Kings - the adjacent Blue Lake beans are less affected. The Purple Kings have lost 50% of their leaves now, and most of the remaining leaves are now diseased. Bean production is okay but far from prolific, possibly just due to the cold.I have been treating with potassium bicarbonate spray for 2 months, but with no clear evidence if its effectiveness. Would be grateful for any better…See More
Jul 21
Fiona Ryan replied to Mike Watson's discussion Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?
"Great work. Between the possums and the rats as well as the plague proportion butterflies and moths after the drought, it’s been a tough year for gardeners!"
Jun 11
Andrew Cumberland replied to Mike Watson's discussion Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?
"That'll do the trick. "
Jun 11
Mike Watson replied to Mike Watson's discussion Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?
"Problem solved. Behold, my new possum proof cage..."
Jun 11
Roger Clark replied to Mike Watson's discussion Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?
"Here is my way of keeping out possums. The floppy fence is fixed on supports at either end but remain loose in between.  "
Jun 7
Sarah replied to Mike Watson's discussion Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?
"Oh no. I thought we had rats eating our tomato plants once (tomatoes partway bitten off near the ground, from below). I everntually discovered the real culprit - a blue tounge lizard living in a nice warm nook of matting on the edge of the veggie…"
Jun 4
Doug Hanning replied to Mike Watson's discussion Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?
"My dog jumps up and grabs them off the top of the fence. Shes a great dane mastiff wolfhound mix though. The possums dont suffer as they are dead in seconds, once she got a few the others stay away. But yes it gets loud if there is a possum on the…"
May 28
Jeff Kiehne replied to Mike Watson's discussion Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?
"If you have a dog high fences are not a good idea  as intruders  are high enough and if metal fence the dog makes a lot of noise jumping against the fence at night time."
May 28
Andrew Cumberland replied to Mike Watson's discussion Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?
"I had two Huskies.  They were most effective at removing animal pests.  In fact, far too effective.  Possums, lizards, rats, my son's parrots in an aviary and even my own cat (I bloody loved that cat too).  Anyway, I had to…"
May 27

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At 16:52 on April 30, 2020, Dianne Caswell said…

Good Afternoon Mike, Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF). The Garden Visits have gone Virtual for a while until we are able to get out there & socialise.

Here at the top of the page, you will find many GROUPS to join. One of these is the GARDEN VISITS, 2019 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR. I am sure you would enjoy visiting our member’s gardens. We have members who grow many different kinds of Gardens, Permaculture, Aquaculture, Wicking Beds, Traditional and many more. The GV's are usually held once a month. At the GV's we share cuttings, plants, produce, seeds, knowledge as well as a good chat and a lovely Homemade Morning Teas. 

We have many subjects of interest, if you have any questions I am sure we would have a member or site available to answer that question. If you feel you are particularly adept in a field you may like to add a new Group to our List or perhaps do a talk or demonstration at one of our GV. If a yes for the GV you might like to friend me and we can see what we can do. We are always looking for new ideas.

You may like to go into your page and change the Pea Leaf Avatar for one of your own, it makes it a little more personal and as soon as we see your own Avatar we know who it is. Please enjoy BLF…..

At 12:50 on April 30, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site Mike.  

 
 
 

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