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Rats

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:39

In the first instance I would use this http://www.pestcontroldirect.co.uk/acatalog/Rat_Control_Pack.html

It worked in this garden when we first came here and we've not had another infestation.

The poison used will work on rats that have developed a resistence to Warfarin. 

Also check around any drains, manholes etc for cracks, holes, ill-fitting covers etc to make sure that they're not getting onto your property in that way.  If they are it may be useful to contact your water company - if your drains are on a shared system they may well be responsible for repairs and dealing with the rats.

Good luck.

Rhubarb (unknown type)

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 11:06

Hi Birdychurp   The pinky and pale creamy stems are just as they should be - they'll be lovely.  Eat and enjoy. 

Twist the leaves off and put them on the compost heap.  Don't pick more than two thirds of the total number of stalks at a time so that you don't exhaust the plant.

Stop harvesting at the end of June and feed the plant with Fish Blood and Bone and a good mulch.  Make sure it doesn't dry out in dry weather.

I've just been out and pulled a load myself - Rhubarb & Custard cake is on the menu

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10500/rhubarb-and-custard-cake

 

Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:50
flumpy1 wrote (see)
Started something sorry

No need to apologise - adults ought to be able to discuss stuff and disagree without falling out about it - if we couldn't then we probably would need a paternalistic and autocratic head of state!

Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:33

I think they're probably all ok as people, or as ok as the generality of us can be.  Certainly a member of my family meets Prince Charles socially from time to time and says he's a nice chap, easy to get on with, interesting to talk to, doesn't stand on ceremony etc; and there's no doubt that the Queen has done a remarkably good job with the role she's been given. 

However, I have been a republican for all of my adult life, as it seems to me that it is impossible for the UK to have a monarchy without an invidious class system which works to the detriment of this country as a whole. 

The day we heard that Princess Diana had died I had to start hanging an exhibition in the centre of Norwich - this involved using some power tools and hammers etc - some people remonstrated with me for 'making a noise when the whole country is in mourning'.  Really  

Needless to say the exhibition went ahead - it had to, it was being assessed so that students could gain their MAs (or not, as the case may be).

 

Strawberries - Leaves turning black and dying...

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:19

My two best suggestions are overwatering combined with cool conditions and/or lack of nitrogen.

Maybe someone else has an idea?

Broad Beans

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:10

Hi Jane

When did you sow them? 

Mine were sown at the end of October if I remember correctly, and they're a good height, 18"+ and covered with flowers (and bumble bees) - no beans yet, but it can only be a matter of time - getting hungry here - I shall be taking the tops out (and steaming them and serving with parsley butter) as soon as the first little beans appear

Edited to add:  I've just been out and checked - most of the plants are 2' to 2'6" tall and covered with blooms.

Quotes

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 10:05

Hurrah!

There are several Blips on the forum - most are fixed pretty quickly, but there are some which are more complex, a bit like discovering you've knitted a bit of the pattern wrongly several rows back and which can't be put right without unpicking quite a bit of it (well, that's how I understand it - apparently knitting is an oft-used analogy for code).

The web-team's time is shared with several other sites, GW's time is limited and of course, priorities have to be made.  However I understand that there may well be some improvements in the future.  We're all keeping our fingers crossed.

Strawberries - Leaves turning black and dying...

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 09:07

I wasn't thinking about damp getting through the wall - rather that lack of ventilation on the outside wall can sometimes cause damp problems indoors - it's usually recommended that nothing should be piled against a wall higher than the damp proof course. 

Have the strawberries had any fertilizer? 

Bougainvillea

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 09:01

In the absence of any other instructions, I'd cut the wax off both ends and then plant some one way up and some the other and wait and see

grape or currant

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 08:59

What is interesting is that it appears to have been cut back/pruned in order to produce a bush on a short leg

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