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Any tips to reduce the ant population?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 08:31

Perhaps we could domesticate them?  They could be very useful ...

 taking stuff to the compost heap

coffee & tea

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:56


Aren't tomatoes, courgettes, runner beans and potatoes enough of a challenge?

Anything harder would be like banging my head against a brick wall LOL

Any tips to reduce the ant population?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:24

Chicken and egg situation


We find that encouraging bluetits into the garden has really cut down on the number of aphids - at this time of year the rose bushes, clematis, aquilegias etc are all regularly visited by the bluetit families and we really don't have an aphid problem.  We have  a few ants in the (sandy) lawn in the summer, but never enough to cause a problem - as Edd suggests if there in an area where we don't want them we water them and encourage them to move on

Apple Tree Dying?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:17

Bayer's Provado must not be used on edible plants

Oh no.....not again...

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:13

Because there is no intelligence, empathy, thought or design to any of it, and certainly no entity called Mother Nature or anything else - we are living on a lump of rock hurtling though space - the only intelligence or empathy is our own and there's little enough of it. 


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:06

It's like that here at the front of the house - the cold air rolls down the hill and settles here - but at the back the  gardens are terraced with tall fences which seems to stop the cold air and the back garden is always a few degrees warmer (or less cold) than the front.  And of course we have the big ash trees on the eastern boundary and they must shelter us just a little bit too.

Tassels on Montbretia?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 07:02

Is this the sort of thing you're talking about?

 If so yes, they're the seed cases, they are attractive aren't they   But remove them before they ripen if you don't want them to spread.

unknown red stemmed weed help?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 06:58

Edd, I know injecting glyphosate is the way to deal with Japanese Knotweed - but we're talking here about simple Common Hogweed here - it's not even running to flower yet so no hollow stems to inject but lots of fresh leaf area to spray  - spraying the leaves the orthodox way will do the job perfectly well.

We dealt successfully with hogweed many many times on the farm and smallholding.


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 06:52

Just checked the Met Office forecast - rural East Anglia may get a touch of frost tonight, but no lower than 6C here - we're close enough to the city to get the benefit of better night temperatures as long as there's not a north-east wind.


Posted: 13/05/2015 at 06:49

Good morning Chicky   Have a good journey.   I'm meeting foodie friends for lunch in Cromer   Glad my swimmy head has gone.

Garden thermometer says 6.6C here last night.  Runner beans look perfectly happy (they're planted out) and the tomatoes in the mini-greenhouse up against the house wall were fine under some bubblewrap.  I think we're due a colder night tonight - I might bring the tomatoes inside - I'll check the forecast.

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