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Latest posts by Bookertoo

Problem Swallow nests

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:39

Not really, they will try to get back to their original nests until they are gone - presumably the work on the offices will eventually mean the old nests are destroyed?  Maybe then they will rebuild elsewhere - lets hope so. 

Egg identification - any ideas?

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:36

To be fair, we probably all worried about these 'eggs' at the beginning of our gardening lives, and new gardeners cannot be expected to know what it is.  We had people to answer us, so let us be decent and explain to the newer generation.  Of course the same things will come up year on year, that's the nature of what we do. Thank goodness there are new gardeners coming along to ask the old questions, and thank goodness there are we old fogeys around to anser them - long may it last.

Amy-new-at-this, thank you not only for asking the question, but for sending decent clear pictures of what it was you wanted identified, that makes it all so much easier, from eggs to leaves. Continue to garden and to love it, there is nothing better on this green earth that trying to keep it that way. 

Talkback: Holes in leaves

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:12
Be thankful it is only holes in leaves - some of my family live in Texas, where they had hail the size to fill the palm of a hand - they sent photos - cars multiply deeply dented, windows broken and I guess various animals with headaches!!

Talkback: Hostas and slugs

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:10
Funnily enough, my slugs seemed to love the garlic!! I use copper tape on pots, remove the top inch or so of soil with the eggs in and replace with fresh plus new gravel each spring. Robin loves this as he comes to eat the eggs. Have around 65 hostas in pots, never done any in the ground as the slugs run hourly parades around the garden to see what has come up to eat. Did use nematodes one year, they worked - very, very hard work to apply - then of course, as nature abhors a vacuum, in came all the neighbouring slugs. Copper works, eggshells don't, nor does vaseline on pots etc., etc., not here anyway.

A weed or something nice?

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:03

Adore this little blue anemone, it does spread around, delightfully - disppears compleletely when it has done it's thing, I allow it everywhere - up to you whether you do or not of course, but I think it is a joy and a delight. 

seedlings

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 17:01

Damp and warmth probably - seeds and seedlings need to be barely moist, not wet, and heat often just cooks them - nice for a woolley mould.  Sow some more in case these don't do. 

They are back

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:56

indeed, get the tea strainer out, we have also found a few - why can't they take a hint - better yet, how can we teah some of the birds that they are delicious to eat?  Mind, it is is possible that they are not, that colour doesn't usually occur on anything that tastes good to something!

Benefits of artificial grass for a garden.

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:52

We do need to be aware of advertisers on here, as if any serious gardener would use this plastic trash instead of grass - how can you have violets etc in plastic?  Glad they have been reported to the moderator.  

Bee news from The Beeb, Eu Ban pesticide

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:50

I too use no pesticides or chemicals in the garden, relying on nature and a tea strainer - essential for the capture of lily beetle!   I did use provado one year when we had to be away when all my dozens of lily pots were going be to at their most vulnerable to the red meneace, it did work, and as it was in pots did not spread among the rest of the garden.  I have kept it by me too not being a great belever in out of date nonsense, I would use it again should we happen to be away at that time again.

I do think we need desperately to do all we can to protect our bees, no insects, no food - quite easy really isn't it?  Since I went organic some 10 -12 years ago, after a pretty difficult fist year or two, things have settled well, and we have few really destructive infestations - but do have lots of blue its ( aphids) and ladybirds, ditto, aphids, blackbirds and starlings - slugs and snails and so on and so on.  The only exception is the darned lily beetle which nothing hrere recognises as prey - but I can often be found jumping upon them with great delight - our neighbours are innured to this peculiarity in behaviour at that time - minor in comparison with some!!

Help! Pest nipping the tops off baby plants

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:36

Cats do sleep sometimes!! Sounds mouse like, or worse rat like - I suppose as in the greenhouse unlikely to my immediate suspects, pigeons.  I wonder if there are large beetles that like to do thse things?  I still suspect mouses, in spite of the cats.  

Discussions started by Bookertoo

Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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For whom do we garden .............

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frosted lilies

any advice? 
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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
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Hazel nut queries

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Flippin' pigeons

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