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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Tomato Plants suddenly wilting

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:58

Keep the mini-greenhouse wide open during the day in all but the worst of weathers - just shut it up at night. 

They should be used more like a cold frame than a greenhouse. 

Garden ruined

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:56

I'm spending a little while each evening on my hands and knees with a daisy grubber taking out dandelions from our lawn.  I've got millions more than you.

 My dandelions ........ you see, I wasn't joking, it's much worse than yours - but within the next few weeks, a combination of Weed & Feed, and me and my daisygrubber getting the ones the treatment missed, I'll have a great lawn 

Any advice for rubbish lawn!

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:46

Grass seed needs warm temperatures and light in order to germinate - I'm afraid it may have been too cold when you sowed the seeds, and putting soil on top will have kept the light away 

I'm going to say, wait until the cold snap forecast for the  the weekend is over and when night time temperatures are averaging around 10C, then sow the seed again, water it and leave it - as Artjak says, do something to keep the birds off - canes with DVDs hanging on strings or something similar maybe.  In warmer weather and with no soil on top the seed should germinate within 10 days. 

More info here 

Good luck 

water Lily

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:37

Hi Wayne 

You'll find info on growing waterlilies from seed here 

Let us know how you get on.


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:32

Hi Flora rosa 

  Members of the liliaceae family are so dangerous for cats because they can brush against them and get their pollen on their coats, then lick it off - the pollen is very toxic.

 However this is not the same with alstroemeria.   Although alstroemeria are called Day Lilies, they're not from the Liliaceae family and are not harmful to cats unless the cat eats a large amount of them. 


Ants on my veg patch

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:00

Just hoe the soil surface regularly between the rows of seedlings, and water the seedlings if needed.  They'll only do damage if they build a nest under your plants, and if you keep the soil tilled they'll move on. 

Well, that's my experience anyway 

This year's lodgers

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:52

Moorhens  (or as they were called in the village where I lived 'Waterhens')


Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:47

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:29

Yes, for some strange reason cats find both anti-freeze and diluted Jeyes Fluid almost irresistible - apparently they taste sweet - many vets will confirm having treated cats poisoned by it, either deliberately or accidentally  - it contains phenol as do other disinfectants which turn milky when mixed with water - and is lethal to cats. 


Aphids particularly bad this year?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:12

Perki, have a warm sudsy bath - that'll get rid of them............



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