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Ginger cat steals seed stash shocker

George 'helps' to sort out the seeds
George 'helps' to sort out the seeds

Blog: Lost seeds and conservatory pests drama…

Now, I’m not really blaming George for this, but you have to agree that that picture is really incriminating (oh, OK, it was taken last year).

I ended up with so many seeds from different sources that I gave some away and saved the rest for this year. My garden’s not that big and there’s only so much I can grow.

The only thing is, I put them away safely somewhere and can’t for the life of me remember where. How hard can it be NOT to find 30-odd packets of seeds?

Luckily, I have spares from packets I opened last year and have already had an order of heirloom and heritage seeds delivered from Real Seeds, so I think I’ll be fine…

Whitefly and aphids on an overwintering chilli
Whitefly and aphids on an overwintering chilli

Whitefly sneaking in on nursery plant

On the note of small annoyances, I HATE when you buy a plant and it introduces a new pest you’ve never had a problem with before. I bought a Lantana camara (lovely multi-coloured Mediterranean shrub) 18 months ago and it had the unwelcome guests of whitefly on it.

They’ve been a nuisance ever since in the conservatory and if I dare take my eye off the ball for a minute, they’re attacking something – this time, the overwintering chillies (and not for the first time). Aphids seem to have got in on the act, too.

I gave them a quick spray with Neudorff Bug Free Bug and Larvae Killer (approved by the Organic Farmers & Growers Association) and it seems to have done the trick.

Actually, my eye is off the ball for a lot of things, as my mam is still very ill in hospital, so my usual gardening jobs at this time of year are all over the place.

I’m sure it will come out all right in the end…

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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