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Jeyes fluid

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 10:51

Jimmy, he probably used DDT too, just as my mother and grandmother did in their gardens - that doesn't mean we should.

As for cats, Steve the Gardening Vet wrote  ...

Steve J wrote (see)

It seems, like anti-freeze, to be both palatable and toxic to cats.

And while aviary birds may not be adversely affected, the important micro-organisms in our soil are damaged by it's use.

However, as it's not illegal to use it my post contains the information bulkerb asked for, as well as my views on its use. 

In this household it's used to disinfect drains - and that's all.



Wild garlic

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 10:41

I'd just keep mowing the lawn - it won't get rid of it but it'll keep it under control - lovely oniony smell while you're mowing of course. 


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 10:38

Lyn ((hugs))

Bushman   Good to see you - a bit hectic here today (in a retired sort of way) - washing in the machine and I'm off to tennis, leaving OH to hang it out on the line if the sun stays out. 

Have a good drive GWRS

mould on germinating seeds

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:45

MPC = multi-purpose compost - I put it through a garden sieve for all but the largest seeds.


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:42

Good morning Pdoc  

I daren't start just yet - I'm going for the beginning of March - but I will finish going through the seed tins after tennis today - you're right, it's getting exciting


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:37

Happy birthday Pauline7

 Have a lovely day


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:32
WonkyWomble wrote (see)o

Morning all, overslept Fairy so must be different neighbours! 

Enjoy tennis Dove, don't strain anything, you have a walk tomorrow! X

Morning all....gotta get a shift on!....take care out there!

That sounds like good news Wonks   I'll keep my fingers crossed the improvement is maintained!  It'll be difficult to hold my tennis racket, but I'll manage

Have a good day! xx

mould on germinating seeds

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:29

That sounds like damping off - better drainage and ventilation is needed.

I'm not a fan of coir, especially on its own.  I prefer to use a loam-based seed compost or MPC, both with the addition of  grit/perlite to improve drainage and keep watering to a minimum.  The surface of the compost should be almost dry. 

Also if you're using heat to germinate, remove the seed trays from heat virtually as soon as germination has taken place. 



Posted: 17/02/2016 at 08:05

Morning Fairy

I spoke to Wonks yesterday just after she arrived home from work - she said things seemed a bit quieter, and there was a woman she'd not seen before, glaring out of the window.  I've heard nothing since ..........

Jeyes fluid

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 07:50
pansyface wrote (see)

As you can see from this fact sheet, Jeyes fluid is a very toxic substance with many many warnings about its danger to life and health. It is closely related to creosote.

It will kill anything which it touches, in any dilution, and does not decay on contact with soil. If you want to kill all living things in your flowerbed - worms, spiders, the lot - in addition to some blackspot spores Jeyes fluid is the way to go.

I grow a lot of roses. I live in a rainy part of the country. The best way to keep blackspot at bay is to pick off affected leaves and burn them, pick up fallen leaves and burn them, keep the ground around the rose bushes hoed and crumbly so that the spores have less chance of boucing up off the soil during a rain storm and making sure that there is good ventilation around the plants.

Jeyes fluid is a foul thing. Personally, I think it should be banned.

I agree

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