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Is this a courgette?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:14

Snap Nut

Is this a courgette?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:14

Definitely one of the cucurbits (squash, melon, marrow etc) so could well be a courgette. 

Unless we get a very freaky autumn it's too late for it to produce fruit now before the frosts kill it.

Plant ID help please

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:12

No, not peppercorns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looks like Black Nightshade to me - definitely one of the nightshades anyway, Nutcutlet will come along and confirm properly I'm sure - anyway, it's a weed of disturbed ground and definitely toxic so don't grind it on your pasta!!!


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 19:00

No need to feel guilty Verdun - you've done what she needs - you should only feel guilty if you hadn't done it!  And now you'll be able to have lovely visits with her - if you'd been responsible for looking after her you'd never had had time to enjoy spending time with her............. But I know what you mean ((hugs)). 

I'm sure she'll feel better when she gets used to the routines and the people - and in we've found that the care given by kind and experienced carers in a good nursing home is much more suitable for the confused elderly than what is available in hospital.

Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 15:38

Sorry Tootles   I was teasing!  Rats sometimes think about moving into compost bins, but they will only live itheir if they are dry and undisturbed.  Keep banging the bin and stirring the compost and the rats won't want to live there

Ivy invasion

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 15:34

I can only echo what the others have said above.  Three weeks after moving into this house and garden, a heavy rainstorm weighed down the ivy on the fences so much that it pulled the fence right down, necessitating the replacement of about 50metres of fencing - an expense we could have done without just after moving!  Good luck!

Red slimey worms

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:11

They're fine, they'll be helping to break down the stuff in your compost bin - you can't make compost without worms.  They do move around the bin from time to time - who knows why they want to be under the rim sometimes    they're not desperately communicative - but they'll go back into the compost and get on with the job before long.

Too Much Buxus

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:09

Hi Ruth

It sounds as if you have a lovely garden and I'm sure there will be some way for you to make it suitable for your family to enjoy.

Can you post several pictures of the garden, to give us some idea of the options please?

To post a picture on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions to upload a picture from your pc.

leaf blowers

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:48


Maggots in compost bin

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:43

Tootles, your poor rats will get  a headache


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