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Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:35

Red ants

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:33

They've raised the nest about ground level which helps to keep it dry - as Bob says, regular watering will encourage them to move on - they'll find another spot - whether or not it's in your garden or elsewhere - who can tell? 

Low voc paint on terracotta pots

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:30

Given that low voc paints will contain a lower amount of toxic volatile organic compounds than conventional paint, I can only assume that using them is much safer than using conventional paint - that is the point of them 

However, for me one of the important properties of terracotta pots is that they are naturally porous and allow air and moisture to pass through - for some plants, particularly ones that are going to spend their lives in a pot, and for mediterranean plants in particular, I find this to be a distinct advantage as it helps prevent waterlogging of the roots.  I'm concerned that painting the pots may mean that the pots lose their porosity. 

Human irrigation system

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:20

It's good to hear from you Mike - I'm glad yesterday wasn't too bad and that your daughter is accompanying and supporting you - she sounds lovely 

I love your wife's name - my daughter's second name is Rose, and by complete coincidence so is her lovely step-daughter's - how's that for Serendipity 


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 06:13

Good morning all   Yes, it's dry here - the hedgehogs are drinking quite a bit of water from their dish every evening and my farming brother is irrigating potato fields - he says there's plenty of water about 2 ft down, but the roots can't reach it!  I hope it rains here today - it's supposed to, so I put some weed & feed on the front lawn yesterday - the dandelions are spreading to the neighbour's garden - it's a bit embarrassing 

It won't be a gardening day here because we're visiting my Aged Ps then lunching out.

Human irrigation system

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:45

Glad to see you're home and posting Mike  

Hope today's ordeal wasn't too grim ((hugs))


Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:44

Last year the spring was so cold there were few pollinating insects about - has your blossomed this year?

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:36

For tree stumps use this 

For bindweed and horsetail, bruise the leaves (runnng over with a roller will do it) before spraying thoroughly with a weedkiller containing glyphosate - that will aid the take up of the glyphosate - then wait and wait until the weeds turn brown - that means that the roots have taken up the glyphosate and will die.

Good luck  


Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:28

Cody, can you post the pic by clicking on the green tree icon - we can't see it 

shrub ID

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 20:18
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Think the first is Viburnum  - possibly Vib. rafinesquianum 

I recognise the second but brain won't give me a name 

Doh, I meant third, not second - brain's tired - or maybe it's the Sauv. blanc 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Crown Prince squash???

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ID please

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Does anyone recognise this? 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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