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overfed plants

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 08:13

I don't feed basil at all. It has enough food in the compost it's in to keep it going through the season and just gets plenty of water as it's on a windowsill and dries out quickly. A very dilute seaweed, later on in the season if it was struggling,  would be enough.Tomatoes need less food than most people realise too. 

As Verdun says, often overfeeding does more damage than good.  Good soil and conditions are the best way for the majority of plants. 

It's the way we all learn though so i'm sure you'll have better luck next year 


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 08:06

Morning all/ afties Pat if you're about  

I actually slept till nearly seven this morning. Why have I been waking at half/six every morning while I've been off? 

chicky - work gets in the way of a lot of things doesn't it? 

You'll be fading away Hosta. Have you been cutting down on food as well as drink?

Privet hedges

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 22:25

I did see the earlier posts. It's their hedge - they can do what they want with it. Whether anyone else thinks they're wrong or not is irrelevant. The neighbour didn't cut the hedge down, and since it's not their hedge, they can't decide what happens to it.

I had a neighbour years ago who had a lovely tree in their garden which I often admired, and loved looking at it through the changing seasons. It also blocked a view of road signs and an ugly wall. They cut it down. It was very disappointing - but it wasn't my tree, so that was just tough! I certainly had no right to tell them what they could or couldn't do with their property.

If they (the OPs)  don't like the fence after they've done it - they can always plant another hedge in front of it. The neighbour can do the same too  if they don't like the fence  

Privet hedges

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 20:57

The big difference is - the OP is taking down their own hedge. That's not the same as someone else taking it down  

horrible little fox

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 20:32

Get yourself a water scarecrow kev. You hitch it up to an outside tap. I got it because of the hellish problems with cats round here, but they're supposed to be effective with foxes too. It works on the resident squirrels as well if they get within range of the sensor!

Foxes tunnel under my fences to kill birds. They're fine if you have a rural/semi rural position as they keep well enough away from areas you, and other animals, use, but they can be  a b****y nuisance in more urban and built up areas. We had a few at the last house in the wild bit on the other side of our driveway. They caused far more bother to the sheep farmer though... 

Best twenty quid I've ever spent. 


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 17:55

Sorry I'm a bit late with it Joyce - but Happy Birthday. Hope you've had a lovely day and haven't been working too hard   

Mine's one of your five a day - it's got fruit   

I think you'd enjoy trapeze lessons.... 


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 17:50

Oh BL - I hope you haven't seen the news. It's too depressing for words. I've had the radio on all day and it's bad enough hearing it on there. 

Just hellish  

Rain back on here - we've had quite a lot Lesley. I was hopeful it would be half decent while I was off. Oh well - I've got quite a bit done anyway.

I hope you're ok. You really shouldn't be swinging from the chandeliers at your age you know.... 

I'll have a catch up while I contemplate making some dinner. Really can't be bothered 


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 09:31

BL    Are you putting that down to age?  

Have now managed to  lose my back door key after taking youngest to work. I'm sure I locked the door and not her....

Just as well the other was still in!

Always good to see 'the boys' back and posting some double entendres....


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 08:17

Good point Joyce 

Was that a sneaky reference to a birthday? 

You don't look a day over 89...

Anyone seen Lesley? Is she away on holiday and I've forgotten...


Posted: 26/07/2016 at 08:14

It's ok s.flowers - Verd's our resident joker...

Anyway, Mr B's really about 4'3" when he wears his Cuban heels....

Jim's 80th birthday programme was repeated recently - worth a look if it's available online. It may only have been shown up here. He's a lovely chap and hasn't changed since the programme started when it was with another George (Barron) - both memorably sent up by Rikki Fulton and Gregor Fisher at one time. George was unintentionally funny too - used to repeat everything....'aye, aye, tatties, aye Jim'...as my sister used to say.  

Happy days  

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