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Putting up Christmas Decorations and Tree

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 10:54

Pretty   Love Santa and the other little tin? and wooden figures    

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Posted: 08/12/2016 at 10:16

LG the L   my advice re powdery mildew is usually to improve the growing conditions - it usually attacks plants that have been weakened in some way - frequently by dryness at the roots.  I usually suggest adding organic matter to the soil to retain moisture and improving watering. 


Posted: 08/12/2016 at 10:12

Sorry you feel patronised Aym -

This forum was always a big enough place for people to posit different views and opinions 


Posted: 08/12/2016 at 09:44
aym280 says:

There are loads of suggestions and advice on the net. Only a fool would believe all of them. Same everywhere. We live and learn and adapt and adjust and change and innovate.. There is no absolute truth. 

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But there are incontrovertible scientific facts.  

One of the useful functions of a forum like this is for those who have knowledge in an area to point out that some of the suggestions and advice people find on the web are erroneous. 

The link suggests that vinegar can be used for  cleaning birdbaths - of course it will remove algae, but it will not act as a disinfectant and remove the danger of passing on the dangerous bacteria which are killing off the populations of some of our garden birds, such as greenfinches. 


Posted: 08/12/2016 at 09:31

I agree that here may be some useful applications - but it recommends spraying it on insects - that will kill the ladybirds and their larvae as well as any greenfly you might be trying to get rid of - not good.

  I wouldn't recommend it for cleaning rusty tools either - I'd rather use something that will also prevent the rust recurring - vinegar won't do that.  

There are sites which recommend vinegar as a cheap and harmless cure-all - it is as much a chemical as any other and it is not harmless - many sites recommend using vinegar as an indiscriminate weedkiller, 'pouring/spraying' over the soil to kill weed seedlings which is really not to be recommended.  

New lawn going brown

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 09:14

When was the first photo taken?  It looks as if the lawn has been freshly mowed then frosted - is that possible?

As for the buttercups - wait until the spring and then treat the lawn with a 3 in 1 or 4 in 1 Spring lawn treatment - this will include a selective weedkiller to kill the broadleaved weeds and a fertiliser to give the grass a boost. 


Posted: 08/12/2016 at 09:08

Vinegar is an acid - why would you pour that on your garden? As has been said, it will damage the entire ecosystem of your soil that you should be working to improve. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 09:04

G'day Pat   Hello the rest of you and good to see you Thankthecat   Sorry to hear about the blues ... seem to strike quite a few people this time of year ... I'd try the SAD light if I were you ... what've you got to lose?  I know several people who find them helpful, and if you don't you can always sell it on Ebay   It's good to be busy tho' ... being self employed can be precarious ... 

Going to listen to R4 now, Melvin Bragg is talking about Harriet Martineau - one of Norwich's famous daughters of the first half of the 19C commemorated in many place names in the city - quite an amazing woman for those times ... she'd be seen as a really high achiever even nowadays.

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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 07:39

Good morning AuntyRach   Help yourself to tea or coffee before we start the day properly 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 07:18

Good morning  Anyone awake? 

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