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Water scarer for cats / foxes?

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 10:51

brill thanks. I would normally search before posting but the way they've redesigned the bloomin' mobile site means there's no search function!

Water scarer for cats / foxes?

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 18:25

The Contech one I think. Yes, I had been looking at that. Thank you. Grateful if anyone's got first hand experience of it...

Water scarer for cats / foxes?

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 18:06

I've tried most things to keep animals out of my raised beds (netting, ultrasonic scarer, plants they dont like, blocking holes in fences, putting spiky things in soil etc) but I found foxes still attack the mesh netting for fun and dig plants up, while cats poo on top of the mesh. Lovely. 

A month ago, I bought a PestBye water scarer that attaches to your hose and I have to say that worked brilliantly and made a massive difference immediately. I even had the satisfaction once of watching it see off the neighbour's cat!

However, I had seen from some of the reviews that the quality of the item wasn't great and sure enough it's leaking already so I'm sending it back. I've been looking at alternatives although none of them sound immune from leaks. But I reckon this kind of deterrent is definitely the best  

Would anyone rate any other make?

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 15:03

Brilliant. Ok I shall just cut the canes back in Feb and will hope for the best! 

They definitely don't seem to get on with the particularly heavy clay this garden has - I'm still getting to grips with it! - but i've been putting soil soil conditioner etc down and hopefully as you say they'll "fill in". 

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 13:52

Ok great, thank you! Appreciate it. Half the canes I bought and put in this year just shooted off the old cane, and that growth withered and died. Like the second pic above.  Do you think those ones have a chance too?

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 12:43

Sure. Yes issue was I'd moved house, new garden that was only ready this April. I got these canes from a garden centre and put them in then. I did ask someone there whether to cut them but they (and the instructions) said put straight into the ground. 

Anyway, I'm less worried about that, more about what I do know: ie do you reckon these canes could pick next year or are they dead?

thank you!

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 11:20

So I have ended up with a few raspberries on the Polkas I bought. Of the four canes I got, only two fruited at all and the others briefly had growth which quickly died back. 

The older Joan Js I have fared slightly better but again have only grown a foot high with a few berries. 

I'm trying to decide whether to just dig them all up and replace them with new good canes for next year, or whether there's a chance that they'll come again stronger next year. Particularly if I continue to improve the heavy clay soil. 

A few photos attached of the Polkas - one alive (ish) one not. Sorry about the weeds. We were away for 3 weeks!

Raspberry canes - potassium problem?

Posted: 08/07/2016 at 18:14

I wonder if I need to start again on the raspberry front next year 

Alas this is basically what the Polkas have done. The weeds have done better! Two of the plants didn't shoot at all and the rest had some growth which has basically died. I'd think that I'd got a bad batch from the garden centre but the Joan J I transplanted from my previous garden aren't doing brilliantly either. They seem to have stalled with a small amount of growth rather than dying though.

I have fertilised and used soil improver but maybe too late. I have read about how raspberries don't like clay so maybe that's that? What i could do next year is grow peas / beans here (have heard they're OK in clay) and get some new canes to put in one of my new raised bed boxes - which have loads of new, light soil in them.

Foxes & cabbages?!

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 11:20

Ah good tip! Thank you!

Foxes & cabbages?!

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 09:34

It sounds like a Brothers Grimm fairytale but I'm having massive problems with urban foxes in my vegetable garden. And - with unerring regularity - it's the cabbages they go after!

I've got everything in raised beds, covered with green hoops and veggiemesh which has done a fantastic job of keeping out cabbage butterflies, carrot and beet fly - even slugs and snails struggle to get through. 

First year I've gone to that effort but now foxes seem to be the one pest I hadn't factored in. From what I can tell, they don't seem to be doing much more than jumping (!) on the tunnels and rolling around. It's happened a few times already and I've been able to rescue the cabbages by pruning broken leaves but last night the cabbages were ravaged again. One of the hoops is bent and some of the clips are chewed.. Yuck  

Any tips though? I've seen everything suggested from air pistols to tiger urine - or even human urine... I can't stop them getting into the garden as they can get over the fences. I could try chicken wire I guess.

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