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Moles

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 20:37

Thank you Star Gaze Lily,  And pleased to meet you too.  I am afraid we have resorted to traps and have caught a couple but the next day there are these hills and yes, Landgirl100, volcanoes too!  Have tried fire-lighters down the hole and other crazy things, but perhaps the bamboo with yoghurt cartoon may be worth a try.  I think my neighbour knew about that one, as I swear it is his moles in our garden!

Moles

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 19:12

Is this an exceptional year for moles?  We always have them but not in such great numbers as this year.  I love the little creatures but it turning into a battle of wits.

Moving Strawberries and Raspberries

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 21:05

Thank you so much, Fidgetbones, I will most certainly buy some new (certified virus-free) raspberry canes, once I have prepared some new ground.  They do look a sorry sight!   

Moving Strawberries and Raspberries

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 10:58

I have just planted new strawberry plants from runners (in the autumn) and they are having a tough time in this weather (which I hasten to say is wonderful!) but the few strawberries on the plants made nice fodder for the birds.  Maybe next year?

However, I too have some old raspberry canes which were in situ when we came here (Herefordshire) ten years ago.  They suffer from raspberry beetle and cane spot and now the canes which should have fruited this summer are dead.  Could it just be old age?  I have some autumn fruiting ones which are doing fine (in a separate plot). Presumably  if I buy new canes (summer), they should be planted well away from the old site?

Onions

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:46

Sorry about your onions.  I have had the same trouble with leeks which I only discovered today, and then noticed the chives which have spread themselves about, are also eaten.  I think it must be rabbits but didn't know they had a taste for onions!  It really is worth carrying on.  We grow companion plants for pests and find that strong smelling marigolds, etc, do keep the carrot fly away.  Try not to brush against the carrot leaves and try to sow so that you don't need to thin them and you should have success.  Moles have been a problem, especially in the lawn, but we battle on ....  Good luck.

Does anyone know the name of this plant?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 20:16

Thank you everyone, especially Joe and Kate, as you are both so right.  Checked the identification photo and that is exactly it - Goatsbeard.  Obviously a wild plant, but very interesting, so I will keep it so long as it doesn't take over!

Does anyone know the name of this plant?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 09:52

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Thank you Joe, but I don't think so.  I have just been out and managed to take this photo of the flower itself.  They are nearly 'over' now, so that may help.  Kate, as you can see the flower is yellow and a little like a dandelion, certainly the seedheads are like massive dandelion seedheads and spread in a similar fashion.

Does anyone know the name of this plant?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 21:25

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/9802.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

This is the photo - successfully downloaded. 

Does anyone know the name of this plant?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 12:35

Was interrupted by trying to upload photo and failing.  Sorry.  This plant is very like a dandelion but taller with thin grass-like leaves emanating from its stem.  The flower is like a "neat" dandelion and the seedhead is just beautiful.  Huge and very dainty.  Any ideas of its name and whether it is a wild plant?

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Moles

I need advice on how to deter moles in the garden, the greenhouse, the lawn, the vegetable plot, oh just everwhere'1 
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