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Posted: 19/10/2015 at 14:38

By the way red spider mites are red, like these

 They're very tiny, and like very dry conditions - usually found in greenhouses, not likely to be on a British lawn in the autumn.


Posted: 19/10/2015 at 14:35

Hi Bobbybuddy

Why do you want to get rid of them?  What harm are they doing?  Do you think they've harmed your lawn - they haven't.  Spiders don't damage lawns.  They're part of the diverse ecosystem that forms your garden, and apart from anything else they're a valuable food-source for insectivorous birds who will also eat harmful insects such as aphids in your garden.  Kill off the spiders and there'll be fewer birds to eat your aphids. 

There are a lot of reasons why you have brown patches of grass in your lawn - we need more information, and a photo of the lawn would be helpful.  Click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post to upload a photo.

Where can I sell an established Acer

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 13:25

It might be worth something if he has it professionally lifted and containerised and pays for transporting it. 

In the ground it's going to cost someone  a lot of money to move and is worth very little as it is.

Hedgehog spotted

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 13:21

I know what you're saying, but it is recommended that we feed regularly at this time of year, to ensure that the hedgehogs are at the weight required to hibernate safely. 

If they're not carrying enough fat they may die during hibernation


Posted: 19/10/2015 at 13:17

DD ((hugs))  what has happened to your OH sounds very similar to what happened to my cousin and, as in the case Fg quoted, his heart had started to make it's own bypass.  Cousin was a very fit and active man (farmer) -  the op was about 20 years ago and he hasn't looked back. 

What he did say is that it wasn't until he'd had the op that he realised he'd been feeling really tired for some years before he collapsed, but he'd just put it down to getting older.  Now he lives a really active life (he must be nearly 70) and has no health problems at all. 

I'm sure your OH will be fit as a fiddle and home playing with Charlie very soon ((hugs))

P.S.  Two pieces of cake would be acceptable!

Raised beds

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 13:05

We've got a bank alongside our garden - we've built a retaining wall with a row of new 'sleepers',  laid two high, with metal reinforcing rods drilled through them about 18" into the ground below, as in the background of this picture - would that do the trick of holding the field back for you?



Posted: 19/10/2015 at 12:55
Fairygirl wrote (see)
....... I like eggs every way except cold in sandwiches 

Not keen on fried either - never eat them. 


Oh, just having egg salad sarnies for lunch - I take it you don't want one then?


Posted: 19/10/2015 at 12:31

Oh Runnybeak!  Glad it's nothing worse, but how horrid.  Please wish your OH well from us ((hugs)) to both of you (if your OH doesn't mind being hugged by a load of strange gardeners )


Posted: 19/10/2015 at 11:59

Somewhere in the deep recesses of my brain something is saying discoloured cauli curds and rotting inside the stems can be caused by boron deficiency.

Goodness knows how that information got there - I don't grow cauliflowers although when I was a child our neighbours grew cauliflowers commercially ...

Where can I sell an established Acer

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 11:49

Maybe contact whichever local college runs horticultural courses and offer it to them for free if they can come and get it?  They might just have somewhere for it  and it would be a learning experience for students.

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