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Growing basil indoors

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 17:50

Oh dear, now I shall pass any mirror very carefully in case I see John Clees looking out at me!!

Pests

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 17:50

I am interested Ceres to see that allowing the squirrels to have the seed feed they leave the bulbs alone - ours must be just gluttons, as they eat everything!  I reached using  over 2 Kg of seed a day, of which the birds got around an eighth - just far, far  too much.  Our current feeder, also guaranteed squirrel proof isn't, but it has slowed them down somewhat.  At present the best I have managed to date. 

WOTISIT

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 15:27

Indeed, weird aren't they.  Do you feel like propagating it?

Couch Grass

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 15:26

In fact, I would humbly suggest you don't rotovate at all - I know of no better system for the spread of perennial weeds that rotovation.  We lost an entire allotment plot to having it dug and rotovated, it became a dense mat of dock, mares tail, couch grass and anything else you care to name - we had to abandon ship as nothing could deal with it.   Prevention of light access and patient digging will eradicate the problem, but it does take time and back ache to get there - and does not account for seeds blowing in from elsewhere.  However, no garden or allotment is entirely free of weeds, control however is possible - sort of. 

Pests

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 15:23

Yea, squirrels all right  we have so many that a permanent state of war exists here - with them winning so far - but it's only been 18 years so I suppose I can't expect to win yet!!

However, one or two things we have learned over those years, including - cover all pots of bulbs with chicken wire and/or cuttings of holly and/or pyracantha - that does protect them quite alot as the horrible furry rats don't like getting there disgusting paws scratched.  Lay branches of anything prickly over areas of beds with cubs in pinning them down with tent pegs or equivalent, we use holly and pyracantha because that's what we have growing and can this cut good bits from when needed.  Crocus need especial defence as it appears to be caviar for them, especially purple ones - and yes, they do know the difference if you put single colours in blocks or in separate pots.  The purple ones will be attacked before I have got the back door closed.  The bulbs will come up quite normally in the spring, and when a decent size the prickles can be removed, and the flowers enjoyed - at least until the pigeons get to them, but that's another story! Use quite fine chicken wire if that is the route you go - it is surprising what small spaces the climbing rats can get through - which is why most 'squirrel proof' bird food feeders aren't. I've lost count of how many types of feeders we have bought, and the squirrels solve them all - many manufacturers have been quite surprised when I have told them their 'guaranteed squirrel proof feeders' are no such thing.

Please save yourselves the kindly efforts of telling me about chillies, garlic, pepper, soap or whatever else, been there, done that many, many, many times - and they thrive on it - especially the very hot chillies smeared neat all over the feeders, they just lick their chops and go on as usual!!

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 20:30

I'm sure you are correct Fairygirl regarding those I have bought in, but the  ones my friends (who are good gardeners) have been done well, and theirs are fine!  I get them home and that is that, poor things. I've even tried the bush basil kind, but they don't go either - and even ones I have grown from seed do fine till they are big enough to realise where they are, then it's all over!!  Thank you for trying all of you, I'll give it another go in due time. 

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:40

Anything is possible Bob tG, but even when I buy well grown plants from anywhere and keep them in a good place, they just look around and die!  I think it is just a case of the basil curse - I tend to be mean with watering most things, but if they are very keen on dryness then maybe - I expect I shall kill a few more next year, and maybe one year I'll have a surprise and one will live and well get to eat it. 

Shooting wildlife for fun

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:35

We had an episode of this a few years ago - once they were spoken to by the law it stopped thank goodness - I early don't think it occurred to them to wonder where the pellets went!  Hope you have good results too. 

Crocus Ard Schenk bulbs already sprouting - can I still plant them?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:30

Yes, go for it, but watch out for squirrels if you have them in your area - ours just love crocus bulbs - well nearly any bulbs really, but especially crocus.  Lots of pyracantha and holly trimmings deters them somewhat. 

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 19:28

My friend who lives about three miles away from me, has these as an invasive weed  for may years - she has given me dozens of bagsfuls, and I have just about got them to take!  Who knows the reason why they will run in one garden and ignore anther - bit like lily of the valley for that. 

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