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1 hour ago, wiskerke said:

You did take pictures of the damage and the rest of the whole process of course. Plus of all the critters. Make them pay! ūüėĀ

I had to look them up, never heard of them. Wikipedia has several different ones. I had to look up Fescue grass as well.

Very few images on Alamy of the buggers on grass. Your Fescue dead spot does not mention the worms yet. Maybe that was another pest though.

 

wim

Of¬†¬†COURSE I didn‚Äôt remember to take pictures!¬†ūüė≤ I was too busy running all over town hunting product! The dead spots were definitely caused by the armyworms, my lawn service could have known if he‚Äôd turned up a shovelful of soil. But because they are so seldom seen here, he made the wrong diagnosis. I‚Äôll give him a pass, but let him know the next time I have a brown spot in the future, to check. It‚Äôs easy enough to do it, then tamp the sod back in place. No harm, no foul. That $80 was 100% wasted. Anti-fungal will not kill armyworms.

I will take pictures of the lawn damage, though. My sister has them eating her tomatoes off the vine.

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11 minutes ago, Bryan said:

 

Puts our slugs, snails, eelworms, cutworms, pigeons and rats (and occasional rabbits) into perspective. 

 

While on bad things, our outdoor tomato plants at the allotment have caught blight, I removed them, but sadly too late to save those in the greenhouse, as they also now have the rot. Taken out the three affected plants, but hold out little hope for the remaining three.¬†ūüėí

 

I was experimenting growing a couple of toms outside the glasshouse in a south facing location, but right next to the door. I'll be growing cucumbers there next year.

What does tomato blight look like?

OMG, I just checked Alamy images for it. Horrible. Now I know.

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Listening to The Folk Show this morning I was saddened to learn that Nanci Griffiths died recently.  We saw her perform some years ago and her singing kept us sane while dragging our caravan the long miles down to the south of France.  Only 68, no age.

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On 20/08/2021 at 06:10, Bryan said:

Listening to The Folk Show this morning I was saddened to learn that Nanci Griffiths died recently.  We saw her perform some years ago and her singing kept us sane while dragging our caravan the long miles down to the south of France.  Only 68, no age.

Hadn't heard - that is sad news Bryan. Her version of Speed of the Sound of Loneliness with John Prine is still high on my playlist.
Now both of 'em gone...
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More garden woes :-

 

1) Two kale plants felled by what I presume to be cutworm, I  scratched around but couldn't find the blighters.  I've tried using collars in the past, but they didn't work.  I did read that a series of cocktail sticks around the stems prevent the worms curling themselves about the stem, but that sounds like a lot of trouble. Once upon a time you could buy evil chemicals to control cutworm, but, fortunately I guess, they are no longer available.

 

2) All of our allotment tomato plants have fallen victim to blight, even those in the greenhouse.  Binned the lot.  Not alone in this it appears to be across the site, with several gardens suffering.  Those in the greenhouse at home are currently OK, but the outdoor tumblers in hanging baskets starting to look sickly.

 

All is not lost however most other crops doing fine,  for the moment....

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Bryan said:

More garden woes :-

 

1) Two kale plants felled by what I presume to be cutworm, I  scratched around but couldn't find the blighters.  I've tried using collars in the past, but they didn't work.  I did read that a series of cocktail sticks around the stems prevent the worms curling themselves about the stem, but that sounds like a lot of trouble. Once upon a time you could buy evil chemicals to control cutworm, but, fortunately I guess, they are no longer available.

 

2) All of our allotment tomato plants have fallen victim to blight, even those in the greenhouse.  Binned the lot.  Not alone in this it appears to be across the site, with several gardens suffering.  Those in the greenhouse at home are currently OK, but the outdoor tumblers in hanging baskets starting to look sickly.

 

All is not lost however most other crops doing fine,  for the moment....

 

 

 

 

I remember my stepfather saying to put a large nail next to stems/stalks to prevent cutworms damage. I think that was when I planted corn in my small garden. I remember doing it. It would be fair to say that other sticks would be less expensive. He said nails, I used nails, lol. These were monster nails.

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2 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I remember my stepfather saying to put a large nail next to stems/stalks to prevent cutworms damage. I think that was when I planted corn in my small garden. I remember doing it. It would be fair to say that other sticks would be less expensive. He said nails, I used nails, lol. These were monster nails.

Good to know that this is a tried and trusted method thanks Betty. We're away for a few days, but I'll see what I can do when we get back. Not sure that I've ever bought a cocktail stick, but probably cheaper than nails !

 

Edit, just checked ASDA sell 300 cocktail sticks for 60 pence, not going to break the bank !

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15 hours ago, Bryan said:

More garden woes :-

 

1) Two kale plants felled by what I presume to be cutworm, I  scratched around but couldn't find the blighters.  I've tried using collars in the past, but they didn't work.  I did read that a series of cocktail sticks around the stems prevent the worms curling themselves about the stem, but that sounds like a lot of trouble. Once upon a time you could buy evil chemicals to control cutworm, but, fortunately I guess, they are no longer available.

 

2) All of our allotment tomato plants have fallen victim to blight, even those in the greenhouse.  Binned the lot.  Not alone in this it appears to be across the site, with several gardens suffering.  Those in the greenhouse at home are currently OK, but the outdoor tumblers in hanging baskets starting to look sickly.

 

All is not lost however most other crops doing fine,  for the moment....

 

 

 

 

 

Could this all be a variation of the covid bug?ūüôā

 

Allan

 

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39 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Could this all be a variation of the covid bug?ūüôā

 

Allan

 

 

I think you are a little confused Allan. Covid (coronavirus) is that hilarious virus that is still causing many thousands of deaths a day worldwide and untold misery for millions of people directly and indirectly. It's the one that can have terrible long term effects (an illness that is now called Long Covid) resulting in extreme debilitating exhaustion, permanent lung problems, cognitive issues and a range of other severe symptoms which are preventing a return to normal pre-pandemic life for millions of people worldwide. A real laughing matter for sure.

 

Blight (Phytophthora infestans) is that hilarious fungus that kills plants of the potato family (so tomatoes as well). It has been known to indirectly kill a million or so people and cause incredible suffering due to preventable starvation of millions more in a well-known famine in the 1840s.

 

I am not sure which is the funniest myself. 

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And here was me just wondering where you would stick the swab to find out.

I think Allan was having a bit of a non-sarcastic larf. Also important these days.

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I don't find Covid in the least bit funny for deeply personal reasons. 

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5 hours ago, MDM said:

I don't find Covid in the least bit funny for deeply personal reasons. 

 

Appologies if I have upset you Mick it was not what I intended. I do not make light of the covid bug and its affects on humans.

 

Mark hit the nail on the head and I think Bryan may have realised that.

 

Allan

 

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1 minute ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Appologies if I have upset you Mick it was not what I intended. I do not make light of the covid bug and its affects on humans.

 

Mark hit the nail on the head and I think Bryan may have realised that.

 

Allan

 

 

I didn't think it was intentional Allan and I know you were just joking although I fail to find it funny. I have absolutely debilitating long Covid as I have told you in person and it is anything but funny having to lie down for hours every day and that is only part of it. I won't begin to describe the rest. And then there are the 178 people who died from Covid in the last day in the UK. These were real people with real lives and real families. Covid is not f***ng funny in any form. This is not the first time you have made jokes that I have found totally lacking in taste (the UK border in Ireland, stupid Irish jokes). I know you don't mean to be offensive but perhaps you should consider what you are saying in the knowledge that I am going to read it here and I will react.

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5 hours ago, MDM said:

I don't find Covid in the least bit funny for deeply personal reasons. 

Maybe not, and we've been reminded of those reasons a few times, but I'm not sure you're entitled to expect no-one else to joke about it. You can always block Allan's posts and avoid the offence, or forgive the offence, which isn't intended- as they say, it's taken, not given.

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51 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

Maybe not, and we've been reminded of those reasons a few times, but I'm not sure you're entitled to forbid anyone else from doing so. You can always block Allan's posts and avoid the offence, or forgive the offence, which isn't intended- as they say, it's taken, not given.


 

I’m not forbidding him or anyone else from posting what they want. I’m all for freedom of speech and it is fascinating to see the range of thought on here. It is a microcosm of the world we live in. However, I will express my opinion and feelings as well. I am not seeking sympathy from anyone in relation to long Covid. It has messed up my life - it is what it is but for me it is anything but funny. 

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Mick, but do you have to react to people every time you feel a slight? Especially as you know your correspondent would never in a million years mean an intentional offence?

 

Mick please apply a filter and challenge when justified.

 

James

 

 

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Results of my MRI bear out what I already knew. When one’s leg has numbness and cramps, it’s pretty obvious. My back pain is caused from pressure on a nerve root.
Next will be getting an appointment with my neurologist, who is booked up far ahead because of getting behind during the last Covid flare. That appt. could be several months from now.

 

 

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13 hours ago, Mr Standfast said:

Mick, but do you have to react to people every time you feel a slight? Especially as you know your correspondent would never in a million years mean an intentional offence?

 

Mick please apply a filter and challenge when justified.

 

James

 

 

 

Thanks for the advice James.  The word slight is not really accurate though here in relation to Covid or generally in relation to me. Really I tend to rail against wider issues which may or may not affect me personally. Sometime my interjections are intended to be educational or enlightening, not necessarily driven by annoyance or anger. Justification is subjective as is the degree of perceived offensiveness, which is not in itself alleviated by innocence of motive, although intent should not be ignored, as here where no malice was intended. Knowledge of the full story is a prerequisite in passing accurate judgement.

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16 hours ago, MDM said:

 

I didn't think it was intentional Allan and I know you were just joking although I fail to find it funny. I have absolutely debilitating long Covid as I have told you in person and it is anything but funny having to lie down for hours every day and that is only part of it. I won't begin to describe the rest. And then there are the 178 people who died from Covid in the last day in the UK. These were real people with real lives and real families. Covid is not f***ng funny in any form. This is not the first time you have made jokes that I have found totally lacking in taste (the UK border in Ireland, stupid Irish jokes). I know you don't mean to be offensive but perhaps you should consider what you are saying in the knowledge that I am going to read it here and I will react.

 

Mick I fouled up one time mentioning the Irish border but I have NEVER made Irish jokes because I know you would read it and I know how sensitive you are. Also I would not wish to hurt the feelings of any Irish person.

 

Allan

 

Perhaps "Sensitive is the wrong word but I think you know what I mean.

 

ITMA

 

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Hope we are still good friends Mick and will be able to meet up again in the near future.

 

Allan

 

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10 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Results of my MRI bear out what I already knew. When one’s leg has numbness and cramps, it’s pretty obvious. My back pain is caused from pressure on a nerve root.
Next will be getting an appointment with my neurologist, who is booked up far ahead because of getting behind during the last Covid flare. That appt. could be several months from now.

 

 

I can sympathise Betty. I too have a suspected neurological problem which affects my walking. Not a good situation given that I need to be out and about with camera in hand! Fortunately I don't have back pain but the biggest problem is that it affects my balance to some degree and walking for any length of time is very tiring. I've had six MRI scans from head to toe and all have returned normal results. The latest thinking is that there may be some nerve damage in my legs. So far, due to Covid, it has taken close to two years before finally getting a face to face consultation with a neurologist last month and I now await an appointment for nerve conductance testing. I hope it's not too long a wait, but here in the UK Covid has resulted in a massive backlog of NHS patients waiting for treatment and consultations. There are many with far more serious problems than mine who are facing lengthy waiting times.

Wishing you well and hope you get seen soon.

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2 hours ago, Dave Richards said:

I can sympathise Betty. I too have a suspected neurological problem which affects my walking. Not a good situation given that I need to be out and about with camera in hand! Fortunately I don't have back pain but the biggest problem is that it affects my balance to some degree and walking for any length of time is very tiring. I've had six MRI scans from head to toe and all have returned normal results. The latest thinking is that there may be some nerve damage in my legs. So far, due to Covid, it has taken close to two years before finally getting a face to face consultation with a neurologist last month and I now await an appointment for nerve conductance testing. I hope it's not too long a wait, but here in the UK Covid has resulted in a massive backlog of NHS patients waiting for treatment and consultations. There are many with far more serious problems than mine who are facing lengthy waiting times.

Wishing you well and hope you get seen soon.

Thank you, Dave. My walking has been affected for quite some time also. The nerve compression most definitely affect my legs. My photography, which used to involve walking, is confined to where I can go by car with only short steps for viewpoint. I now have a handicapped placard for my car, since parking even a medium distance from a shop door is close to out of my reach. I’ll not know whether surgery will give me the result I desire, but it seems that’s my only option. I’ve been the physical therapy route with home exercise twice, the last time didn’t help but actually made it worse.

I’m sure, considering the average age here of the forum contributors, there are a lot of aches and pains, so my sympathy goes out to all.

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7 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Mick I fouled up one time mentioning the Irish border but I have NEVER made Irish jokes because I know you would read it and I know how sensitive you are. Also I would not wish to hurt the feelings of any Irish person.

 

Allan

 

Perhaps "Sensitive is the wrong word but I think you know what I mean.

 

ITMA

 

 

 

 

 

Not just one time Allan. There was that Irish dry stone wall  "joke". You and others here might consider that as being over-sensitive but I consider so-called Irish jokes (i.e. jokes that depict the Irish people as stupid and ignorant) to be highly offensive, not just to myself (I have nothing to prove anyway in terms of intelligence) but to my fellow countrymen and women. That type of national stereotyping is often harmful in the same way that racial stereotypes are harmful - effectively discrimination. I know people whose lives were made very miserable by that type of stereotyping. It belongs in incinerator of time with the No Blacks, No Irish, No dogs signs of the 50s and 60s. 

 

As for yesterday, well I was having a very very bad day with my health due to Long Covid and I could not appreciate your sense of humour, moreover with the rapid increase in deaths due to the recent removal of pandemic restrictions. Those who were fortunate enough to avoid the disease until vaccinations arrived should count their blessings. 

 

Now just to be clear I know there is no malice intended in anything you say and it does not affect our friendship. But absence of malicious intent does not mean absence of perceived offence. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Dave Richards said:

R.I.P. Charlie Watts

 

Another one gone. I have been playing my Stones music very loudly for the past few weeks to drown out the sounds of the building work next door. What a drummer. 

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