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Help – how do I stop insects biting me?

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 12:37

Buckets of standing water (and any other still water, even tiny amounts) will be housing hundreds and thousands of baby mosquitoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Empty the water out!

And before going out into the garden in the late afternoon/evening, use Avon's Skin So Soft dry oil spray - don't worry, I know you're a chap but even the Royal Marines use it by the tank load to repel mozzies when on manoeuvres on the west coast of Scotland.  

http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories/avon-s-spray-finds-calling-as-midge-repellent-for-royal-marines-1-1403152 

 

 

Aye up - the other half wants a go!

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 12:32

Hurrah!  You now have an Undergardener to be trained up 

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:56

It's not arrived yet .................. it said on the web that it was usually despatched within a couple of days, and then when I got the there was a deliver day range stretching into May  

I may have to go the the GC and see if they have any 

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:54

Well, no excuse then ........... boundaries and consequences apply to adults as well as children!!! 

Glad your son had a lovely time and that you're still in one piece 

Weeds

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:52

Japanese Knotweed doesn't wrap itself around things, so you can breathe more easily 

You might have bindweed in the garden - there are two sorts, the white flowered which is larger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calystegia_sepium and the pink flowered which is smaller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convolvulus_arvensis .  

Russian vine is a much larger plant  http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2009/sep/24/gardens1 

If you post a pic of the offending weed we'll have a go at identifying it for you - to post a pic you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar ar the top of where you type your post, and follow the instructions.  Don't hesitate to ask if that's not clear 

Poisonous Plants

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:44

In my (long) experience loopy cats are the ones with brains - it's the dullards that have no intuition - they're like people in that way 

sick? Quercus Ilex

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:18

Although they're 'evergreen' holm oaks do lose their leaves and grow new ones, and this is the time of year for it to happen - the tree will stop losing leaves soon and the new ones will look much nicer too.  It's just what trees do. 

Talkback: Swifts

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:15

I heard swifts screaming overhead earlier in the week 

Poisonous Plants

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 11:03

I think that cats and dogs (most animals really) are quite bright - if clematis presented a real danger to them cats would probably be extinct by now.

Very very occasionally a cat will do something totally daft and eat something it shouldn't - far more likely that a dog will do it, labradors see almost anything as a culinary challenge - and if the animal is then taken ill it's helpful to the vet to know what might have contributed to it, but I don't know of any cat keeping gardeners who avoid clematis.

Lilies do present a problem because if a cat gets the pollen on it's coat and then licks it off it can make it ill so my daughter does not grow lilies in her garden. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 10:51

Fg, you'd go blue rather than red if you were outside here - far too chilly for enjoyable gardening - I've chosen to de-slime the detergent drawer of the washing machine and give it a Service Wash in preference to gardening 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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DIFFICULTIES POSTING?

How to get around the current problem .... 
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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Caterpillar ID

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ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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Last Post: 09/05/2014 at 08:02

Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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Last Post: 21/04/2014 at 21:25

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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