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Green Magpie


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Rats!!

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 20:33

The poison put down by the pest controllers should soon do its work. It's not pleasant having to kill things, but sometimes it's the best option.

It's not necessarily down to anything you've done. Rats will eat anything, including each other,and a garden is full of both animal and vegetable matter they will feed on. 

Hedge veg

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 22:30

I live in a village on a quiet lane, but can get rid of quite a bit of surplus produce by putting it out at the gate. If it's something like tomatoes or gooseberries, I put out an honesty box and charge a modest amount; with windfall apples or overgrown courgettes, I just put a notice saying "Help Yourself."

Or sometimes I just donate produce to the village shop to use in their veg boxes. 

Need help keeping them fresh

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 22:24

In my student days, before I had a fridge, I used to keep lettuce fresh by cutting the base off the stem and putting the whole lettuce in a saucepan with a little cold water in the bottom, and the lid on.

Climbers to cover dead lylandii

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 22:18

Ivy will grow quickly and cover unsightly tree remains, without any special conditions or much encouragement. 

Wot, no basil!

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 22:11

I buy potted basil from the supermarket and pot it on into a larger pot with extra compost, teasing out the plants a bit and removing any straggly bits. It thrives and lasts for weeks or even months. Then in spring (any day now I will start) I grow a pot of Greek basil from seed, which lasts most of  the season. I've never had much success with it outdoors.

Dying Photinia Red Robin

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 18:28

Thanks, Verdun. Ithink it's bound for the wheelie bin. 

But I would like to replace it with another shrub - it's in a border of (mostly) evergreen shrubs, which works well and is easy to maintain. I may have something I can move from elsewhere, but don't want to risk it if the soil may be contaminated.

Dying Photinia Red Robin

Posted: 20/03/2016 at 16:55

Mine looks just the same.  It has been there for perhaps 15 years and needed little attaention, but now it looks just like the one you describe. The leaves are brownish red and limp, with no green on the plant at all.

Sorry, I'm not helping! But you know you are not alone. 

Thanks for your comments, Verdun. If it is phytophthora, should I get rid of the plant now to avoid spread to other shrubs? And will it persist in the soil to affect any new shrub I might put in its place?

Tomato variety

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 23:03

Yes, I agree about Sungold too. Sungold and Losetto are my choice, for several years now.

Tomato variety

Posted: 19/03/2016 at 17:53

I grow Losetto and they are super! Heavy crop, good flavoured, cherry bush tomatoes which resist blight - what's not to like? They are, however, F1 hybrids so you only get about 10 seeds to the pack, but worth it. Highly recommended.

I got my seeds from Simply Seed online, but I think T&M do them too.

Slugs and coffee grounds - a fatal attraction?

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 20:04

I think coffee grounds are somewhat acidic, so you might want to restrict their use to lime-hating plants, or at least avoid using them on things like brassicas.

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