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Posted: 11/07/2013 at 09:00

my grandads tip for getting rid of mildew was a mix made up of

 mix of washing soda (sodium carbonate)  with water.. just a weak solution .. it leaves a non toxic residue on the leaves and stops mildew and is also good for black spot on your roses.

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:04

i live on isle of wight.. and i have not seen one this year so far.. the aphids and black fly have just appeared in their droves over last two weeks.. and nothing but ants is eating them.

i have had bees but not on smae number as last year. normally my nepeta is covered in them.. and the ones that are about are small..

it is worrying as to where hey have gone.. wonder if it is to do with everything being 4 weeks behind due to cold easter..


when do I sow primrose seeds

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 13:11

brilliant.. thank everyone.. i will be sowing this weekend then

when do I sow primrose seeds

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 12:58

Hi everyone... 

I have just harvested some fresh native primrose seeds.. I need to know ... do I sow them green or dry them our first.

This is first time doing it by seed as  normally split them.. but th

ought would give it a go.



Thanks for any help. 

Summer has arrived

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 10:04

my verbascums got blown down by the strong wind last week as well as my tall alliums.. everything flat on the ground.

as for summer.. it is longest day next week... and the weather doesnt seem to have done as it should for this time of cosmos seedlings are only just starting to bush out and no flowes yet.. my rudbeckias are only 5 ins tall and flowering wallflowers are still flowering so havnt taken them out to replace with the rudbeckias like normally do yet.


Excited, excited, excited!

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 10:00

i still waiting for the veronica seeds to shoot i planted in april..

as for summer is here.. they said lasat night that the longest day is next start to get darker in the evening soon.. and doesnt seem to have been summer at all down here

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 09:59

warm sunny and humid.. not a breath of air wanywhere..

its gonna be hot one


Posted: 19/06/2013 at 09:58

it may have been birds.. i say this as i left tray of potted up plants on my table.. and next day all the pots were up and the plants were out and right mess everywhere

i think it was the pigeons fighting.. as htey do that alot here.

and if they got in the water it is amazing how it can be emptied after a flurry like that..

and they left nasty scratch marks all over my cars bonnet paint work after as well..

Rat problem

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 12:32

they are a problem.. live near railway line and always about and ruddy large ones too.

we use bait and air rifle.. take a shot and they dont come back for some time..

if you have composter then bang it every day as they dont like noise and leave it open to get rained on.. as they dont like it very wet either.

if you are on benefits you can get the rat trap man to come in and do it for free or for a fiver i neighbour had them in few years back and they trapped ours too.. said if you take out a colony it will take 3 years for them to build up again.


MOB rants

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 12:28

the thing with wagon wheels.. have they got smaller.. or have our hands just got bigger???

i also use white vinegar for my cleaning.. it is amazing.. mixed with bleach (thou pongs and open all windows) it can be pasted on the grout and rinse after time and whoopie!! clean and white and fresh.

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