It has been another fruitful day. I had the intention of just doing fun stuff today, but was itching to tick off a few things. It’s a bit addictive!
First thing I started on, was replanting the leeks and lettuces that I had planted. I have not had much luck with growing plants in the house. Every edible plant I try and grow, gets attacked by greenfly. I can’t tell you how many parsley, basil, chives and rosemary plants I have lost to the little suckers. I am literally at my wits end. I know I can spray them with evil poison, but that defeats the object of growing your own healthy stuff, doesn’t it?
I am seriously considering a purchase of some ladybirds. Apparently they are greenfly’s nemesis. In fact, I am going to put that on my list!
So here are my leeks (they look very chive-like at the moment) which I am trying to nurse on my study window sill. And here I was thinking I shall move them away from the kitchen where the evil greenflies live. But I am sad to say, I have just spotted some on all my study plants too.
The man at the farmer’s market told me just to spray the plants with a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water. I am trying that, but not too sure whether it is successful or not. My poor parsley seems to be on its last legs. Tim is encouraging me to go with the poison option.
Does anyone have any advice for me before I resort to this, please?
As for my, barely-alive lettuces, I am surprised they have made it this far. I don’t even know what type of lettuces they are! They were sown from a packet of seeds which were a freebie from somewhere a few years ago. I was very surprised when they came up at all. If you’re wondering whether they are greenfly infested too – I can confirm they are. Although they have also just received a dose of dishwashing liquid mixture!
Let’s hope the ones I planted outside will do a bit better. Only time will tell.
Other things I have done: I booked our car hire for our trip to South Africa in December and completed the form for the Royal Mail asking them not to bombard our post box with unwanted junk mail. My gosh, how long did it take me to book the car – so many choices and options! As we are going to a game reserve, I needed a car that wouldn’t fall apart at the sight of its first dirt road, but which wouldn’t break the bank. Seemingly these are mutually exclusive … especially once you have added on waivers, one-way fees and extra driver costs! The word “rip-off” springs to mind.
It seems to have natural beauty, beaches, mountains and culture.