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Heather Michaels


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Talkback: Garden spiders

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 14:55

oldchippy. I've tried the vacuum cleaner approach lol it works perfectly well in the rest of the house but the porchway off of the garden and the outside of the house it's not so successful at lol half the garden always ends up in the porchway cos it tramps in off of the pathway (which turns to mud in the rain!). And I don't need to hunt mine, I know exactly where they are.....and I swear they watch me back

flowers or weeds?

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 13:25

If the butterflys and bees love them they can't be that bad, weed or otherwise and we need to be encouraging bees whenever we can but you might want to make sure its not something too invasive that'll just just take over, even in pots. Got a picture of said plant you can post?

Talkback: Garden spiders

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 13:24

hehe Fg, no conkers necessary at your place then!

Built this

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 13:13

Good job, wish I had the space for one!

Legionnaires desease in compost

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 13:05

Laughing so hard at all of you  Well done to all common sense campaigners - we're a dying breed!

Talkback: Garden spiders

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 13:01

Apparently the conker thing does work! A friend of mine's mum has them around her house and says she never sees a spider. The lucky thing! I HATE spiders, but recognise that they have their place in the ecosystem and do have some uses (trapping and eating up more of the bugs that I don't like!!) so over the last couple of months I've been a big brave girl and tried to just ignore them (that is unless they drop on my head or run across my feet eek) but its situatio ridiculous at my house right now with spiders and I just can't cope with them any more. There are just simply too many in my porchway off of the garden (even though it has a door to shut out the outside world) and the front door to my house and the surround (bearing in mind I live in a house made of wood) are absolutely crawling with them. Huge great disgusting hairy long legged things. Urgh. Yuk. And I can be brave no more lol I just cant cope with that many and its difficult to keep them away cos there are so many that webs spring up over night in both places, attracting even more and I can't touch the spiders to move them so I can get rid of their lovely webby things! Am now resorting to conkers and some sort of spray which says it contains chestnut oil so I can hopefully get rid, clear down the webs and be spider free. Happy days lol Unapologetic wimpy type person when it comes to bugs, especially the eight legged variety!

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:31

Yum! Haven't had toad in the hole for quite some time. Me thinks I might have to remedy that and soon lol Fab yorkshire pudding x

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:29

Sorry Bouleversee I can't help you at all but I'm responding here so this gets bumped back up the list in the hope that someone can help/advise/confirm/refute for you. Doesn't sound like contact dermatitis to me though to be honest. Hope you get to the bottom of it. Heather

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:21

Bizzie Lizzie,

My Roma's don't have many seeds either. They are fleshy, but so, so watery but you've given me an idea for what to do with them when the rest of them eventually ripen. If I roast them first to remove a lot of the water they'll very probably make a rather nice tomato sauce. Thanks, Heather x

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 19:32

My tomatoes are finally doing very well indeed. Bumper crop but they're taking forever to ripen (although its now 50/50 ripe/unripe). Most varieties i'm very happy with (names escaping me just now though) but one I won't be bothering with again are Roma's. Very disappointing, watery and tasteless. They offer a lot of promise when they're all read and shiny but in reality a thumbs down from me. 

Discussions started by Heather Michaels

Identification required please

Campanula and Begonia - but which varieties?  
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Last Post: 11/07/2014 at 20:48

Wisteria "Amethyst Falls" - is it ill?

Was doing great, now I'm not sure if its ailing 
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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 19:18

Is this trying to die?

Cistus Purpurens "Alan Fradd" - Advice Needed Please 
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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 20:50

What am I?

Needing an ID please 
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Last Post: 10/05/2014 at 07:42

What are these infiltrators?

I need an ID on these please 
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Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 16:50

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Another ID required please 
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Last Post: 06/04/2014 at 16:07

Identification required please

Can someone help me identify these two please? 
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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 12:45

Bees, Wasps and Hornets

What a HUGE topic! 
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Last Post: 21/03/2014 at 10:43

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please. 
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Last Post: 18/03/2014 at 15:21

Where is the best place to look for information on ferns?

Looking for ferns 
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Last Post: 12/02/2014 at 12:28

These guys sprang back up yesterday!

Late Geraniums 
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Last Post: 11/10/2013 at 15:07

My new profile picture

My new profile picture 
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Last Post: 29/09/2013 at 21:12

Absolutely nothing working properly today

Absolutely nothing working properly today 
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Last Post: 29/09/2013 at 19:28

Still blooming

Still blooming 
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Last Post: 24/09/2013 at 19:07

Heather - Dying?

Is this on its way to dying? 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 16:29
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