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What to prune now and when? Please read my message :) Thank you

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 20:16

Hi Paul heres a start theres lots more info on the net 


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:49

Hi , The owner should not be causing these birds suffering ,So simply report it to the the owners of the allotments/council or RSPB your name does not need to be mentioned,peace of mind

Leaky water butt

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 11:50

Hi Fish, when we did ours on the allotment i used Plumbers Mate where the washer or tap tightens on to the butt inside and out, its not cheap but seals very well, hence the name, if you go for roof and gutter sealant ,Dont do cheap, get a good one. good luck.

Red slimey worms

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:27

I watched a video on worms and compost also worm farming,it said if the worms are coming to the top they are looking for other food or the bin is too wet,if its too wet it will smell,im no expert on worms but it said do Not force them back into the bin there is something wrong or they would not be under the top, it advised putting fresh dry food in along with some cut up paper or cardboard to help it keep dryish, im only passing on the info i personally don't know the answer, good luck,  

Hard pruning of roses

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:57

Doves right again I have some new Gender growth on my massacred black spot old Red Alec h/t i cut it right back 3 weeks ago to get rid of the b/Spot as i couldn't stand the mess any longer but now iv new gender growth so dont do it again Alan ,so another to late lesson in the bank for me.In future i did Franks way,,get it  


Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:46

Daisym bit of protection from the frost ,i never remove them till it wakes up again,you can tell when, they start to snore ,but that could be Kate 

Insect bites

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 12:38

Fidg why are you annoying wasps and spiders ??and by the time you get to my doctor the bites gone ! prevention is better than the cure.,now who said that ?

Avagooden all

just my luck

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 09:49

Morning all,i have a collection of young fig trees that I grew last year and this,also a huge one in the garden (inherited on our move ),i have plans for potting and planting the trees and they are all doing very well,and i give them away to locals,But through this summer i have been making Comfrey Tea which i know can cause problems for some people ,during the summer i had small and large blisters on my hands, for arms and head,(very short grey hair) i worked with the Comfrey with bare hands and found i had no problem,i then did the same with my fig trees trimming back the bottom leaves and such,i awoke this morning to 3 new small blisters,so i looked on the net and found this,im putting it on just in case others might have the same problem now or later ,it seems the sap is really a dont touch,

Quoting from, “Phytophotodermatitis is an acute skin reaction that may be easily confused with other causes of contact dermatitis. It is characterized by sunburn, blisters, and/or hyperpigmentation. The reaction takes place when certain plant substances known as psoralens, after being activated by ultraviolet light from the sun, come in contact with the skin. This report describes phytodermatitis due to contact with figs. 

it could only happen to me as my favorite pastime is growing Figs, Gloves from now on, what a pain in the A (I got the blisters on my head from the big tree when i was taking cuttings last year even though the tree is dormant it seems the saps still protecting it ))  bye for now Bit dull erein Norfolk.

Insect bites

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 22:40

Cat ,similar type questions come every year on here, so far lots of people recommend  Avon Skin so soft spray,its not sold as a repellent but it has worked for scores of people iv worked with ,last year on the allotment people were getting bitten so much that some of the ladies were really upset and in pain from the bites,we got them to buy the Skin so soft and problem gone,its also used by our troops abroad and one or two people in Scotland said it was what they used for the midge attacks they get up there, better to stop the bite than treat it, not expensive just give it a try, last year we all did and no bites.

Clematis Cuttings

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:08

Cutting queen im the same no luck with clematis and Pieris they all die.

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