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Cat Poo on my raised veg beds

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 16:59

Thank you everyone for your ideas. I have looked at the scarecrow motion detector you recommended GemmaJF, but my veg plot is at the bottom of my very long garden and I do not have water installed there, which would mean having to run my hosepipe to the veg plot and leave it there with the water tap turned on - not a good idea.  If only they would make one with a water reservoir that you could top up when needed.

Cat Poo on my raised veg beds

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 16:25

Sorry Blue Onion our msgs crossed, thanks anyway.

Cat Poo on my raised veg beds

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 16:23

Thanks 1Runnybeak1.  I have tried the taught netting, unfortunately a Thrush got caught in it, so don't use it anymore.  

Has anyone tried the wire along the top of the fence trick to try to keep the cats out, I'm keen to know if it actually works.

Cat Poo on my raised veg beds

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 15:56

Hi, Some advice please.  The local cats keep using my veg beds as litter trays, I've tried everything to try to dissuade them - bamboo sticks, bottles of water I have even covered them with membrane, they just do their business on the top.  What I really want to know is it safe to eat the veg that I will be growing it the beds this year, or do I have to remove all the soil.

Plant identification 1

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 11:09

Yes Geum's are very easy hardy perennials to grow I have 10 in my garden 7 of which I grew from seed and where I live in the south they keep most of their leaves over winter.  If you keep deadheading they flower their socks off some of them right into autumn.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 13:07

Hi folks, as you can see from my title I am a very keen dahlia grower and have been growing them from seed for several years.  At the moment I have about 60, I did have more but ran out of space to store them (in boxes in cupboard under the stairs), so gave lots away. My neighbours 100 year old brick wall collapsed on my flower bed last winter so I have had to replant and until the shrubs mature I have filled the bed with dahlias, I grow mostly singles and have had more bees and butterfly's in the garden than ever before here's a picture.



Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:28

You could try covering them in a fleeced frame to extend the season if they have not grown big enough by autumn.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:24

Hi Rosanna, how about euonymous emerald n gold, it really shines out on dull winter days, will grow in both part shade and sun can be kept compact with pruning, also small leaf hebe's are great my favourite is purple pixie which flowers from june till about february here in the south even through the snow.  Cistus are great evergreen's too and have flowers in may/june.


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 13:28

Thanks for your prompt replies folks.  The type of chilli is called Caldero it's sweet and not too hot and recommended for growing in pots. Crazycat, I took the chilli's that were starting to rot off the plant straight away, I've been watering the floor of the greenhouse when the weather was very hot to create humidity and kept the door and two windows open, I even put the chilli plants outside on extremely hot days and by this time last year the same type of chilli's were only half the size and were already turning red.  Anyway I shall take your advice and cut one off and place it on my kitchen windowsill, I'll let you know if it works.

Many thanks again



Posted: 12/08/2013 at 12:23

I grow dahlias from seed every year, if you sow them early enough not only will they be in flower by June/July they will also form a tuber for future years.  I have had very good success with Bishop's Children - dark leaves and brightly coloured flowers, Redskin Mixed - dark leaves assorted coloured flowers, Double Extreme Mixed - green leaves assorted colours and this year I have grown Yankee Doodle Dandy which have two toned coloured flowers and green leaves.  None of these are the very tall blousy Dahlia's that you see on allotments with flower heads the size of dinner plates, so you do not have to stake them.  They have daisy like flowers that the bees absolutely love, my garden is full of dahlia's hence it's full of bees and I highly recommend them.

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