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rats in the compost bin

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 17:04

We have a rat in our compost bin.    Should we be trying to get rid of him, or should we just leave him there for the winter?    Will his presence be detrimental to the compost we eventually hope to get out of this bin?    We are still adding to this bin, and wouldn't normally be emptying it until the autumn 2017.    We have had a series of three bins in this position for seven years and this is our first live occupant, that we know about.

Any advice would be welcomed.    

Message for Nutcutlet

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 09:07


Thank you so much for your information on how to change an email address.    With your help I did it all in a few seconds.     Validating the email was another matter.     I eventually received an email to tell me to click on its link to validate the change.    This took me to a page which told me to click on the link in the email!    Another complaint to GW and I have now just received the validation code I needed!    So all is well.   Without my address being validated, I couldn't use the forum to answer or post any messages, and I did so want to thank you.   Your help has been invaluable!


How to change an email address?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 21:17

Can anyone help me please?     How do I get the Gardeners World website to change the email address they hold for me, now that I have changed it?     Every time I try to enter a competition, my details come up already completed, and it doesn't allow me to change the email address.   As winners are notified by email, I could be missing out!Any help in this matter would be appreciated. 


New fence

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 18:11

Why do fences cause so many neighbourly disputes?    Our neighbour on one side has asked us to replace our fence with a taller one as he wants privacy.    I have told him I have no plans at present to replace it.     I don't intend to, as this neighbour has ivy growing all over and through it on his side, and brambles too.    The only gardening he does is to mow the lawn.     I won't put up a new fence for his ivy to ruin it, it is just too expensive to have this done.     I shall just continue to patch up the old one!

Aren't non-gardening neighbours a pain?    I have them on both sides, and a hedgerow at the back which requires constant work.    Every few weeks I have to spend a day cutting back the stuff that comes through and over, and weeding the six inches all round to re-establish my boundary!   And I am not getting any younger!


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:56

If you want worms for an ordinary compost heap/bin, I wouldn't bother.     I have composted for more years than I can remember and they just appear in my bins.    I have never had to buy any.

Recommend a dwarf mound lavender

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 22:07

The curry plant also deters cats - at least it has worked for me.     Lovely greyish foliage and yellow flowers.

Lupin flower problem

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 22:15

I have not been lucky with lupins.   They last a year or two and then give up on me.     I love them, so at a flower show this year I made a bee-line for a lupin specialist stall and tackled them on the problem.    I was told "treat them mean!"     Give them poor soil, not richly improved as all my flower bed soil is.    So, as I can't make my soil poor, I have accepted that I will have to buy a couple of plants every two years or so.

plant in shade

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 21:54

Is it dry under your hedge?     Astilbes like shade, but they like moisture too.

Hydrangea going brown

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 09:01

Perhaps put a saucer under the pot?     Also, is it too hot for it situated next to your barbecue?


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 21:35

Try growing a curry plant - usually found in herb section at the garden centre.    I put one in my front garden to keep the local cats away, and it worked for me.     Of course, you do get a whiff of curry yourself, but I don't mind that.

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