Dahlia Lover

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Posted: 09/09/2015 at 20:02

Thank you Dove, I have placed a saucer of water under my bird feeder and next to it have sprinkled sunflower hearts (which i buy for the finches that visit) and mealworms that i usually put out for the blackbirds, so if the hog doesn't visit tonight I expect the birds will eat them up. Do hogs eat fruit eg apples n pears? I have a few fallen fruit.


Posted: 09/09/2015 at 13:29

Omg saw my first hedgehog last night. I saw some strange poo in my garden last week and was worried it was rat, but last night I turned my outside light on by mistake and there it was under my bird feeder, I got so excited I got OH out of bed to see. Now he has orders to make a hog house. I want to put food out but do not want to encourage rats or cats any suggestions?


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 12:29

Hi Paul, if you want a copy of your existing Dahlia you need to take cuttings, growing from seed generates lots of different ones. Take cuttings when the shoots are only 6-8" in height as any higher and they will be hollow and will not take. Cut the shoots low down at the tuber taking a slice of the tuber if you can, then treat as any other cuttings. I can recommend sowing Dahlia Pompone from seed as the name suggests they are pompom variety. I get most of my Dahlia seeds from T & M online. I have over 60 assorted Dahlia's in my garden most of which I have grown from seed or cuttings. Hope this info helps.

Cat Poo on my raised veg beds

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 16:18

Thank you to everyone for your ideas. This item has had more than 1300 viewings which shows what an emotive subject it is. FYI, I purchased a Sonic & Flash Animal deterrent for my veg plot from Amazon which is working, however the cats are now using the rest of the garden, so I am going to get another to move around.

Perhaps cat owners could be more responsible and provide somewhere for their cats to poo in their own gardens, or is that asking too much?

BTW Scary Cat plants do not work, a cat pooed right next to mine.

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.



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