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Talkback: Evicting a rat

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 15:21
Hi Kate, I'm working on it! I would love to clap eyes on him/her. Have been enjoying reading up about moles and their tunnels. Apparently their nests can be 2' down!

Talkback: Evicting a rat

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 23:22
Well done, Kate, on your eviction tactics! I am weedy when it comes to killing things and hope we never get anything really awful at the allotment. I know this thread is about rats but if anyone has any advice about avoiding mole murder, I'd be glad of it.

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Talkback: Planting out tomatoes

Posted: 23/05/2012 at 22:54

Good to hear I'm not alone! My tomato plants are going down like flies - sixI put in the cold frame a few weeks back got too cold and developed purply leaves and refused to grow. I've now had to chuck those. With the other dozen first slugs got into the cold frame and ate off lots of the leaves (I didn't think slugs liked tommies!)  and now over the last few days of sun, despite leaving the cold frame open, the sun has scorched the leaves on 3 of them. That leaves six still looking relatively chipper... HANG ON IN THERE TOMMIES! 

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Talkback: Controlling weeds

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:30
I too have an obelisk in the garden, and have planted it with sweet peas. Weeds have already popped up in the centre to mock me, well before the sps. With another tower (for climbing squash, made with branches and wire) I've left one side open so's I can get in and weed (and hopefully pick the squashes) more easily. So it isn't too late to try your newspaper and soil method: thanks.

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Talkback: Toad tadpoles

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 17:28
Keep going, Kate. When I used to do 10Ks (a few years ago) my stopping off point was the chip shop. Your motivational tool is a lot healthier!

http://www.mandysutter.com/day-570-a-friend-in-weed-is-a-friend-indeed/

Talkback: Plant envy

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 17:24
I know what you mean, Andy and Marion. Gardener's World is a major culprit: after seeing Monty D planting a wall with roses and clematis the other week, I did some incontinent spending, both on-line and in the real world, and ended up with climbing plants galore. 2 clematis went in the garden, and 'Golden Showers' and 'Morning Jewel' roses are now planted by the allotment fence, with another clematis about to climb the shed. It's the names that seduce me more than the colours. So I've overpopulated my allotment with raspberry canes: Belle de Malicorne, Malling Admiral, Polka - how could anyone resist?!

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Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 22:54

How much does anyone reckon to pay for raspberry canes? I've seen them for £1.30 each which seemed not bad, at a garden centre in Harrogate. Nice that it was possible to buy lots of different varieties rather than ten the same. 

http://www.mandysutter.com/blog/

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 14:41

Morrisons up here are selling fruit trees (Bramley apple, Victoria plum, Concord pear etc) for a fiver, which seems amazing. I've bought all mine now but would give the Morrisons trees a go if not. The varieties are the basic, most popular ones.  

Belle de Malicorne

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 23:21

Hi all 

I have just ordered some of the above raspberry canes. Has anyone grown them and how have you got on?

http://www.mandysutter.com/blog/

Talkback: Tomatoes, aubergines and peppers

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 23:18
Same here Kate, though not because of pests, just because we got so sick of eating cabbages of all sorts last winter. It was the same story with turnips the year before... note to self, must stop growing things in such vast quantities. But I could eat any amount of broad beans!

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Talkback: Controlling weeds

I too have an obelisk in the garden, and have planted it with sweet peas. Weeds have already popped up in the centre to mock me, well before... 
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Belle de Malicorne

anyone grown these raspberries? 
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