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Cat Deterrent

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 04:00
Doghouse Riley says:

Can't work out why the National Union  of Teachers  should benefit from message board posts.

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 Love you dry sense of humour. right up my street.

I finally found the cure for me, in a spray.

1 Lt water.

as much lemon /orange peel as you can muster into one pan.

Rosemary. I use fresh but dried works.

a touch of Cinnamon.

garlic. 4 individual cloves (4 bits)

and one cup of homemade apple cider vinegar. (cheap white vinegar will do)

and a teaspoon of Vicks Vapour rub (i use the cheaper version from the pound shop) or a pinch of menthol crystals.

Simmer for 15 mins and strain through a coffee filter. 

add one drop of Olbus oil to the spray bottle before spraying.

Spray on the required area after every rainfall . I do a 50 gallon batch at one time and it lasts about a week up here if I'm lucky. 


(If you want to be nasty add Cayenne pepper or chilli oil  but that might get you in trouble )

Last edited: 30 April 2017 04:01:34

Novice needs advice

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 03:29


You have a beautiful area that nature has taken care of. enjoy it. If you don't follow the advise from above then (last resort) cut the brambles down and then insert a pipe cleaner soaked in systemic weed killer ( glyphosate) into the stem. (you may have to push a nail into the stem to make a hole first)

It would be a shame if you have to do this but if needs must then this is the best option and will only kill the one plant. 

Before & after

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 03:16

Looks great. Good job.

I'm sure the  ̶r̶a̶t̶s̶ wildlife will love the professional decking.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 03:08

Is it Autumn for you down there, then pat? We are going to get to the fainting temps of 12 degrees C tomorrow. I'm off to Beamish for a steam rally event with the LO. Bank holiday weekend and they are off school again because they use the school as a polling station! 

Teabag technology

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:51

The 'tea bag' are just like degradable plastic bags they take 2 years before they start to compost down. Do not put them in your compost bin!

If the roots are through the bottom of the bag then try to tear the bags, as best you can or cut the bottom off to let it free. They are terrible things.

Good luck.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 02:38

Hi Pat E.

I bet you can't guess who this is? 

Sorry, It says at the top.

"geese" are very expensive when we want one (christmas time) hun.

We have toothpaste up here hun but I would not recommend it as it is for cosmetic purposes only! It's all full of very bad chemicals. Teeth are supposed to be light yellow, not bright white.

How are you anyway.

How should I prune a patio rose?

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 01:03


Cut all dead off and cut all long shoots down to about 6" or about 5-6 new shoots, Hun.

I used to mow mine down wit the lawn mower!!!  and they came great.

I'm a bit more careful now they are in pots. But they do still produce well, now that they are in pots and need a bit more care.

Lawn is a mess please help

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 00:53
tomgregson says:


I have just moved into my new property and it comes with a lovely big back garden. I have been waiting for the weather to clear so that I can start organising the garden ready for the summer. 

I have been checking the condition of the grass and it is very poor full of weeds and moss. 

I have looked at getting green thumb into fix it but to be honest I enjoy gardening and doing things myself so i thought i would ask for tips on here. 

I have been told to follow these 3 steps.

1) Scarify my lawn to remove the moss.

2)Then apply a weed killer over my lawn to kill all of the weeds. 

3)Feed the lawn. 

Does anybody have any tips on how to get this all completed so that we can have healthy grass for the summer. 

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 Hi tomgregson.

Do your best to take the dandelions out. (a touch of systemic weed killer will do it ) salt and vinegar will do the same?

Use Iron oxide  for moss killer. Its what you will buy in a bottle anyway and is cheaper.

If you have a WET LAWN. (I presume you do with moss)

Then you need to drain it. (not sure of your garden but you need a sump drain and some Aeration to it.

Deep holes with a fork at worst will do (fill holes with river sands)

Dig a deep hole (sump) at the lowest area of your lawn and see what happens.

Never use feed on your lawn only use Epsom Salts. Feed will just force fast nutrient growth.

PS. You will need new seed for the bare patches and you must keep off it for 3-4 weeks!!!!

You need to water and KEEP OFF IT at the same time.

Hope you get it



Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 01/04/2017 at 00:18

When you drive into Seaton CAREw! You find this all along the middle of the duel carriageways from about 6 mile outside. Then they give you free parking and a beach to die for with dunes. The best fish and chip shops in the world. Well you have a choice as all 3 fish shops and 2 restaurants and they are within 20 sec of each other! 

Can you imagine the price war!!! I will take Young's every time (only 3 small tables inside) more like a take out. BUT!!! I tried the rest over the years and I can recommend this one. You have to wait just like across the road but they are FRESH. ( I have been stopped twice with time delay apologies, because they were changing the lard!!!) I am lucky if I go twice a year.  What a place.

PS. Sorry, nothing else there for you to see. 

PPS. It's a local foggy place just for local people.

Try Redcar now the steel has gone  it looks good from up north but once again. The huge (billions) expense has been wasted and it is now a ghost town.

PPS. Remember we are the powerhouse of the north now!

Sorry that was just? He has 6 jobs now. What about Austerity targets?!!!!!!!! We actually need to pay more.!!!


Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 31/03/2017 at 23:19


I've been very disappointed with the last two years efforts from all of us.

It all looks the same. Unfortunately.

No matter how many seed bombs I tried! (Very very disappointed)

The only option now is to weed kill the area and rake and plant new seeds in 3 weeks.

I recycled a lot of seed from Seaton Carew. In the Autumn (in the fog) 

So this year is it. Any help with seed would be a bonus.



Last edited: 31 March 2017 23:22:16

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