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mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 15:25

Just a teaspoon of vegetable oil in each butt will do the trick.

What is this?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 15:22

A Chrysalis of some sort, but I wouldn't know if it is a butterfly or moth.   I often come across them, and just put them back where I find them.   

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 21:49

Your tubs look great.    I have a hydrangea in a tub about the same size.   It has been there for several years, and flowers abundantly.    It does like a lot of water, though.


Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:36

Hoya is definitely a houseplant.

Houseplant SOS from complete novice!

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:34

I think you are being a bit optimistic about Bob.   Leave him for longer and I am sure he will produce shoots eventually. 

I recently chopped down a 26-year old yucca, leaving a stump in the pot.    There were no signs of life for two months.     Now I have FIFTEEN new shoots!  


Posted: 28/06/2012 at 21:24

I would imagine they would get rather too heavy to rotate, but then you might have good biceps!


Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:24

In my experience, nothing much works to deter cats.    Can you hang your feeders up high where the cat is unlikely to be able to get the birds? 

I have had some success by planting a couple of curry plants where a local cat liked to do its business and they certainly deterred him. 

I have also found that spiky stuff you nail to the top of fences works as they definitely don't like to walk on it.        

Can anyone identify this plant please

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:20

How lovely to have been given such a beautiful plant.    I remember having them in my bridal bouquet!

liquid plant food

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:18

I have clumps of stinging nettles behind my greenhouse, which I regularly cut down but do not remove.    I put them into the compost bins, as they are great organic compost accelerators.

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:15

I have the same problem.    A tub with a Goldcrest conifer does give a lovely splash of bright green.    Two tubs in the shade are planted with tulips for the spring, and geraniums for the summer - and both flower well.    I also have two hanging baskets which don't get any sun at all!   These are filled with the usual geraniums, fuschias, verbenas, petunias, lobelia, etc.    I get round the lack of sun by having two baskets on the back wall which get sun all day long (when we are lucky enough to have any!).   Each week I take the baskets down to dead-head them and then put them back again the other way around.   So each basket gets a week of sun followed by a week of shade!      They look great!     I guess you could also do this with tubs, but they would be heavier to move.   Hope this helps.

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