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Alison H with Good Afternoon

19th April 2012
Posted by Gateway 97.8

Good Afternoon with Alison H


Potting Shed  

Listen online now to the interview with Sharon White from Allium Garden & Property Services

Contact Sharon White directly on [email protected] or 0780 6630012

 Whose Lorraine….no ‘The Rain’ LOL how many times does sharon mention Lorraine! Listen now to her recording


I met Sharon White our Gardening Guru yesterday this morning in her sunny potting shed, what a glorious morning.  I love the sound of nature and listening to the birds tweeting, finally we can have the door open, and let the outside warmth in!

Sharon has spoken today about Lacewings are common flying insects about 12 – 15mm and with green bodies and lovely delicate green lacy wings which lie folded on their back when at rest. The adults eat only honey, pollen, and nectar, which they need to reproduce.

The larvae, on the other hand, consume aphids, mealybugs,spider mites, leafhopper nymphs caterpillar eggs, scales, and whiteflies.

They are best known as a predator of aphids, and fully deserve the nickname “aphid lion” as a single insect can consume 100-600 aphids in its lifetime. Adults hibernate over winter, and breed in the summer. The first larvae to emerge are brown , about 4mm long, with sharp nipping claws at the front (beware!). The older larvae are paler, about 13mm long, with bristles on their back. Lacewings are supplied as juveniles, or larvae.

Barclays Bank have commited to having a sponsored leg wax live on air, watch this space, in aid of St lukes Hospice

St Georges Day this weekend whats on to celebrate

A fun filed family day at Wat Tyler Country Park

St George’s Family Festival, Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon
Sunday, 22 April 2012
A fun filled family cavalcade of entertainment and activities for all the family to celebrate St George Day. With a flag raising ceremony at 12noon.
Tel: 0844 887 0558
Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, SS16 4UH.
For the whole family
Celebrating everything English, the free festival will see a range of entertainment and activities for the whole family.
Craft stalls
Farmers market
Real ale and cider festival
Hog roast and food stalls
Marching bands
1970’s Classic cars
For younger visitors
And there will be plenty to enjoy for younger visitors, including
Laser tag
Sports and circus skills workshops
Fairground rides
Jet simulators
Wat Tyler miniature railway
The Wat Tyler miniature railway will be running throughout the day.
For further information and enquiries
Eastgate joins the St George’s Day Basildon Spectacular

Eastgate has joined forces with Basildon Borough Council and South Essex College for a Town Centre shopping spectacular to celebrate St George’s Day on Saturday April 23rd, which is also Easter Saturday.

Basildon Town Square will be replete with entertainment that day. There will be In the town centre a traditional farmers market will be offering a selection of produce and goods whilst street entertainers will be treating shoppers to demonstrations of stilt walking, juggling and much, much more.

Then in Eastgate itself there will be a display of fashion designs from the talented students at South Essex College all week, with a distinctly English twist. The exhibition reaches its climax on St George’s Day itself, as the students model their own designs, including fashions based on the Flag of St George. And as a final treat, Eastgate and its partners are actively seeking a model to wear a special St George’s Day themed wedding dress made from recycled wedding dresses by the students as a prelude to the following week’s Royal Wedding.

The three individual fashion shows will be presented by BBC Essex’s Sadie Nine at 12.30pm, 1.45 pm and 3.00pm, and shoppers will be invited all week to nominate the best design works on display in the exhibition for the “Shoppers Choice Fashion Designer of the Year”.