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Pests and bugs in my potted plants' soil!

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 07:33

That's nature and good soil should be full of lots of little invertebrates.  Most of them are good, just a few are bad. 

The ones to watch out for the most are vine weevil grubs

The little flies that you throught were fruit flies were probably compost flies - they feed on damp compost (especially the store-bought type) and it may be that the soil in your pots was too damp.  One way of discouraging them is to put a layer of horticultural grit over the top of the compost in your post - this will discourage the adults from laying their eggs in the pots. 

But don't worry, unless they're in massive numbers, most bugs in your soil will do little harm and may well be doing some good. You'll do much more harm to the plant if you try to wash the roots!

Enlarging a pond

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 01:10

This is the pond that we made this year that Fairygirl was talking about.  It's about 2m x 1.5m - it's only about 2ft deep - we couldn't go any deeper because of huge tree roots.  Since we made it we've had frogs, toads, newts, dragonflies and a grass snake using the pond.



Posted: 02/11/2014 at 11:38

Hi Lesley - I have looked at labradoodles and a friend has one (I warned here they're loopy but did she listen??? LOL)  - however it's not the hairs that aggravate OH's chest but shed skin particles.  We'd considered very shorthaired dogs like whippets, weimeraners etc as well, but his chest reacts to them too - even when they're very well-groomed, regularly bathed etc.  He's the same with cats.  Fortunately he's ok with them in small doses - it's just living with them for any length of time - so we can visit friends and family with dogs, and he can make a fuss of dogs he meets

If we could have a dog it would be either a working-type terrier (Patterdale/Lakeland sort of thing) or my current dream dog - a Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen

In the past I've had labs, golden retrievers, springers, a cairn and a Jack Russell x wire-haired dachsund called Yo-yo and some Heinz 57s - loved them all.  

As well as gun dogs on the farm my now Aged Ps had a corgie, Lhasa Apso and a Cavalier - not desperately keen on any of them but that's probably down to their owners' indulgent treatment of them, rather than any innate fault of the dogs.

Is this Honey Fungus?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 11:17

Once you see the toadstools the tree is already full of it.  The toadstools are only the fruiting bodies - the main part of the organism is huge and spreads underground and into already dying wood, which it helps to break down.  The spores spread in the air.  Nothing that we can do about it.

Hallowe'en Howlers

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 10:04
artjak wrote (see)

A good shower is better than s..x

That all depends on the sox


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:56

Topbird, was your puss-cat out at about 6.15 this morning - if so there was a multiple cat-fight around our bins - very noisy, lots of squawks and squeals - I know you're a bit of a distance from us, but if she ran very fast ............

But seriously, you're probably right - new cats and some territorial behaviour.   Hope she's feeling better soon and that the new pecking order is quickly established to everyone's liking.

Verdun, hope everyone enjoys Spike's visit   Pa really misses the company of a dog - when he's well enough for us to take him out for a push the highlights are always a meeting with a dog, and he spends his days watching dogs being walked on The Common outside his window - I wish Bro would take one of his labs to visit more often - he says he can't because The Lovely Home has a resident cat, but Bro's dogs are very well trained and expensive gun dogs - very controllable. 

I've seriously contemplated getting a dog myself so that I could take it to visit Pa - it would give him so much pleasure - but OH gets asthma in households where there are dogs. Don't want him to have to move out!!!

Winter Readings

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:43

Mike, can youtell us which gardening books you enjoy reading - you must have read very many.

Favourite garden task?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 07:02

I like it all, weeding, digging, sowing, pruning, planting, potting .... the list goes on and on  

But the two things I enjoy the most are:

  1.  watching the wildlife using the garden, the hedgehogs,  woodmice, birds, frogs, toads, newts, grass snake, insects and bats.
  2. sitting on the garden bench having a cup of coffee or glass of wine with OH, looking at the garden and making plans.

And I nearly forgot - I get a lot of satisfaction from going out into the garden, picking some veg or fruit and preparing a meal with it.



Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 06:54

A friend who is seriously ill has had several calls from these crooks - because she has refused to do as they ask they have also left abusive messages on her answerphone.  They have reduced her to tears.  She has contacted the police.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 06:43

Good morning Fidget - second mug of coffee needed here - kettle's on. 

Those seem to be my normal hours here in the UK

There's a very grey sky out there and occasional squally showers of rain on the window.  Two cats have just had a very noisy tussle around our bins.  The lid of the food waste bin is broken (I've notified the council and am waiting for a replacement) so I hope the cats haven't littered the garden with the crab shells that I put in there yesterday

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