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Grandpa had one just like it

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 22:02
archiepem wrote (see)

its a old bowls trophy jeannie .wife wont have it in the house  though 

I have a trophy in my shed - it's not mine though.  My father in law got it for sailing and his missus won't have it in their house so he gave it to my missus who won't have it in our house...

What's this?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 21:55

The leaves do look like they could be capiscum leaves- they are the right shape.  If it is it will die off soon as they need temperatures over 15 deg C or they simply die off.  I've tried to overwinter them in a frost free greenhouse but with no success.  This year I have five plants in my dining room.  3 have died from being in direct contact with the floor 

What's eating my winter Spinach?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 21:45

Steinernema kraussei nematodes need over 5 deg C for two weeks to be effective.  I think you're too late this year.  Insecticides can't be used on edible crops either.  Sorry - you'll need to wait until spring.  

Northern Ontario Canada snow

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:38

That's right Bill - if we didn't have the warming waters of the gulf stream we'd be up to our necks in it as regular as downtown Moscow.  Instead we get incessant rain because of it.

Is this Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:33

It does look like it to me.  Easy to tell if it's not bamboo - tear the stalk.  At that thickness Knotweed is relatively easy to tear and bamboo isn't.  If I remember from being a kid you get some clear liquid draining too.  You must burn what you have torn off though as I believe you must have a biological waste license to remove it.

What to do with broken fence panels?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:25

Make a hedgehog house out of them!

Compost Bins & Lovely Rats

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:21
hollie hock wrote (see)


They do breed at an incrediable rate and can get in anywhere.  

They certainly can.  It's a good reason to keep the toilet completely closed as they can easily climb the soil pipe and swim the u-bend.

Compost Bins & Lovely Rats

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:19

 Yawn, you want me to chase rats? Seriously? 

Anyone know about automatic electric gates?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:14

Hi there,

A mate on the allotment manages a company that installs and maintains gates/shutters etc.  From what he moans about I think the worst part of the job are motors going and engineers having to go out to replace in the middle of the night because the gate won't shut/open (there isn't usually a manual winch).

I think by law they must have a dead man switch (automatic roller shutters certainly do) to prevent injury and this is usually an IR beam/laser.

What's eating my winter Spinach?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:09

Could it be baby slugs eating the tender part and then moving on?  The base of the "stalk" looks like it's been munched.

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