Covid complications causing concerns

Martin and Nadine haven’t been to France since January, and Covid complications certainly are an issue and a constant worry. It seems sorting out a ferry crossing isn’t the only hurdle. Is it better to go or to cancel?

Requirements for driving in France – Breath Test Kits

On 1st July 2012, a law was introduced in France: all drivers had to carry a breath test kit in their car. Find out why and if or how that law was implemented. Read more about the driving requirements in France.

Kouign-amann vs Lardy cake

Kouign-amann is a beautiful, buttery, traditional Breton cake. During the current lockdown, unable to travel to Brittany, we have found an alternative: the British lardy cake. Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling across to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits, but there are laws and regulations to bear in mind while driving abroad.

Colorado beetle on potatoes in FranceI have planted less potatoes than in previous years partly because last year the Colorado Beetle was so dreadful. Yesterday I put in one row of Pink Fir, two rows of King Edwards and I still have two rows of Maris Piper to plant.

If anyone has a dream cure for Colorado Beetle I’d love to hear it! Too many to squish by hand – a vacuum cleaner might do it but the cable isn’t long enough! Any ideas?

What are Colorado Beetles?

The Colorado Beetle (also known as the Colorado Potatoe Beetle) is a crop pest – both adults and their larvae feed on the foliage. Although principally attacking potato crops, these beetles also cause damage to other crops such as tomatoes and aubergines. They are around 10 mm long, with a bright yellow or orange body and five bold brown stripes.

Colorado Beetles rapidly become tolerant to chemical insecticides, but there are a few natural enemies that can be deployed to control populations (as long as your insecticides don’t kill them off) such as the ground beetle (Lebia grandis) and a pathogenic fungus called Beauveria bassiana (which can be applied via a regular pesticide sprayer).

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