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Dog fouling on lawn and in the soil

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 16:18

and while we speak the big black and whit one has actually just done it again on brand new turf and i was told they don't do it on just grass OH yes they do now,that chicken wires going up ASAP its just so annoying and all the repellents so far a waste of money


Posted: 19/10/2012 at 16:11

Hi again Jack,i have actually spoken to our local council about collecting seaweed and they we cannot see a reason why a council would mind gardeners collecting sea weed,beachcombers are accepted as is people who collect flotsam and jetsam,also shell collectors and so forth,the tide lines used are high mean ,so between the high tide line and the sea shore and sea bed that is almost always owned by the crown ,high water lines are the accepted point of change if any,  and not the start of  buildings or roads or vegetation and are the legal acceptance in almost all cases,charges made on beeches ie car parks etc are after the high tide line therefore legal,  so seaweed is best and free


Dog fouling on lawn and in the soil

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 15:38

i have just had to spend £60 for chicken wire to fasten into my hedges to stop all this mess happening to us literally 5 mins ago i chased a cat off,my back garden,I'm hoping the wire will do the back garden trick but i  cant do the front its too open,and the cats live very very close to us,, neighbours who d av em


Posted: 19/10/2012 at 15:26

sorry about that Jackwers only half the message came through,right, living on the coast removeing seaweed i quantitoies were talking about has never been a problem and the tide line decides who ownes what, in winter lots of seaweed is deposited  and gardeners collect it, if its placed on top of the soil slugs tend not to go over it when its dry, our chap digs some in and from the £ shop he gets a pillow protector and fills it and places it in his water butts for food, he then fills a dustbin with water and does the same for food for summer,this needs diluting and is wonderfull, the rest he leaves in the bags untill summer and digs it in, he Never buys plant food 


Posted: 19/10/2012 at 15:14

HI jackwers we have on our allotments a chap who invented green fingers ,every year his is best and his secret is simply this, he told me to go to the beech preferably after bad weather,rough tides and collect seaweed,(big tip you must tie the bags very secure or you will get sand hoppers in your car and thats a very very big NO

Talkback: Using green tomatoes

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 12:29

Kate its on the boil this very minuet bit strong on the aroma all widows wide open my Kates gone running out of it so only an hour to go and im bottleing ,hope this works  talk soon Alan4711

Talkback: Protecting banana plants over winter

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 12:24

if its any help, in Cornwall they wrap them in a kind of hessian sacking over the winter if there to big to move such as on  roundabouts they seem to be ok come end of winter good luck


compost bin alive with slugs

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 21:06

when you find out the secret of how to forgive slugs please please let me  know as ill guess  we've all  been trying for decades and no luck yet for me maybe  its too late

 good luck Alan

Talkback: How to build a raised vegetable bed

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 20:56

sorry the old carpets and cardboard are laid on top of the soil


Talkback: How to build a raised vegetable bed

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 20:55

as Sharon said scaffold boards, most of our allotmenteers have used second hand scaffold boards at about £4 each one for each side and one cut in half for the ends,2"x2" corners hammered into the soil and the boards screwed at the corners its so easy if you want smaller just cut to size we weeded the base soil and added manure and dug in some of us topped with half decent top soil at about £20 a ton mines got old carpets  and flattened cardboard for the winter and it works well getting the beds in good condition ready for the coming year

Good luck Alan


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