Latest posts by Bookertoo

A case of the missing goldfish (and a heron)

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:13

Herons are very intelligent, my neighbour found that when she had a model heron (which looked quite realistic), she had to move it around or the real heron soon realised it was not real!  Eventually it got the idea that this heron was there just too much of the time, and got all the fish anyway!  They now have a rather nice bog garden and no fish - but we all have plenty of fros from  my other neighbours garden pond - in which they do not try to keep fish.

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:13

Yes, use JF to clean out the greenhouse too, when I can get it empty enough to do so.  

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:49

I used to patiently (!!??) wash used pots, then one year I just ould not, for a variety of reasons, and had no trouble - never done it again.  I guess if you are running a nursery and making a living from plants you would, as you don't want to give your customers anything they don't want!  For the rest of us I think it is probably not needful

I agree re pruning etc., love doing it - hate clearing up afterwards - if I strike lucky OH does it for me!  At present it is all lovely, the sun is shining, the ground is damp enough so the weeds come out prety easily, , the roses are perfumed, the bees buzzing, the sweet peas almost overhwelming,  the lily  buds are fattening - the broad beans tasted wonderful, makes you realise just why we all do this crazy thing called gardening. 

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:16

They have been about here, but not as many as in previous years - thank goodness. It does get hard with the lilies that are in the ground, among very crowded borders - I often don't spot those beetles till the leaves are so disgusting as to be considered a write off!  I admit that I do leave one or two badly infested ones as a sacrifice and hope they wil leave the others alone.  The potted ones are easier, though not easy as the leaves grow, to keep clear. 

Overwintered runner bans

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 16:57

Pop a bit of copper tape around the base of the cloches, making sure there are none trapped nside - it just might help - works with pots. 

Any ideas????

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 15:31

What ever that is, and I also suspect a very miserable wisteria, it is in a state of despair!  Do you wnat to revive it? 

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 10:40

So good to hear of people recuing ill treated animals.  Until recent years I always had cats, but that is not possible here at present.  Never found a difficulty with gardening and felines, the Siamese used to love to help.

Any ideas????

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 10:37

We might if in factt here was a picture!! Try again, maybe next time the picture will arrive.  

To buy or not to buy

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 20:14

My cat used to kill and bring home rats that were equally as big, if not bigger, than she was. Amazing.  However, you certainy don't want them around your place - would you keep a small dog?  A Jack Russel will sort them out in double quick time!!  You can use poisoned bait, as long as you follow the instructions carefully and keep the dog and especially the children, away from it - some come in a sealed container which then you throw away, body and all.   Worth talking to your local counil, they should have 'rat catchers' and may be able to help. 


Posted: 25/06/2013 at 20:10

Can't see why this would work, but anything that helps has got to be good - do tell how you get on frankie - please.

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