Dovefromabove


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Talkback: Ragwort

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:00

When we had the smallholding we  walked the meadows in the spring with a knapsack sprayer zapping thistles and ragwort at the rosette stage, and later on we'd walk the meadows again before cutting for hay, hand pulling any that we'd missed.  They were stacked, dried and burned. Ragwort in hay is especially toxic.

Anyone walking the meadows 'poo picking' was also expected to keep their eyes peeled for ragwort as well, and dig it out removing the root.  In a few years we virtually eradicated what had been a moderate infestation in two of the meadows. 

In my experience, if the grazing is good horses and ponies will usually avoid eating ragwort - however, if the grazing is poor and they are hungry, like the rest of us they'll eat almost anything - and so often people who know nothing about the dangers of ragwort know nothing about the quality of grazing either so the problems are compounded.

A Day Out

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:42

If you were near us there'd be another woman with  "a glazed look fondly looking at the poultry with a white shirt n" jeans 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:40

We have a veg patch plus 3 raised beds - we dug out so many roots from our big ash trees to create the veg patch, we didn't want to damage the trees any more so when we needed more veg space raised beds were a solution.

It's not a perfect solution however because the trees send fine roots up into the raised beds seeking the moisture and every winter I have to fork it over and pull out the roots.  

So what should we be doing with our grass right now?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:27
Adam Knights wrote (see)

Thats brilliant thank you. I didn't know that about the roots so that's very useful. I was planning to use Nematodes on the 20 or so ant hills that have popped so I'll make sure any watering is done on a rainy week or make sure I properly soak it to penetrate past the roots

That's absolutely right 

Newbie plea for help!

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:39

We have foxgloves all over the garden and I've had them in many gardens - cats have never eaten it, neither have dogs or even goats, surprisingly enough!

Which climbers for privacy

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:23
Mickspark81 wrote (see)
................. Didnt have a clue yesterday but now feel a little more prepared so appreciate all the help.
Lol its funny coz im 6"3 love football and all sports and here i am getting excited over plants lmao!

It's addictive!  My football playing guitar playing son is suddenly talking about clematis and heucherellas!!! 

By the way, I've asked the Mods to delete your personal email address for you.

If you want to give personal info etc to someone you can do it via the Private Message system - click on your name in the top right corner of the page and you'll see the options 

Would members be interested?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:51

I'm sure I'd find at least some of it very interesting - we live in the centre of the area being badly affected by Ash Dieback, and have two large ash trees in our garden which we're very fond of, so any information on that in particular would be interesting. 

So what should we be doing with our grass right now?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 09:43

My washing up water would provide enough to adequately soak about 1.5 sq metres of lawn a day.  Far better to use it on the shrubs.

 A little water on the lawn is worse than no water at all because it encourages the roots to the surface where they become scorched.  Far better for the roots to continue to search downwards.  It really doesn't damage a lawn long term for it to go without water for at least two or three weeks as long as it's not been scalped by mowing too short 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 09:37
bekkie hughes wrote (see)
65 percent of chooks carry campobacter! Ewwww.

It was garden girl who had poorly tum  

That's why you shouldn't wash them before cooking (splashing bugs over sink area is a no no!) and why you should cook it through properly.  

Lots of info here http://www.patient.co.uk/health/campylobacter-leaflet 

What on earth are they up to........?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:31

We get several regulars in our garden, usually at different times of the night but sometimes there are a few here at the same time. 

Hedgehogs aren't really social creatures - they meet up for mating purposes, but they don't pair up in families.  If they meet up with another hog whilst on their night time travels they tend to regard each other with suspicion, circling around each other and snuffling a lot.  They sometimes wake us up with all their huffing and puffing.  

At this time of year there are adults and smaller independent youngsters out and about.  There may also still be new litters being born.

A shallow bowl of fresh water in the garden can be a real lifesaver for hedgehogs in dry spells like the one we've just had.  

Lots of info here http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/forum/index.php?tid=2753 

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