John Harding

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ID please

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:15

Looks like thrift to me


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:13

Get a couple of ferrets as pets and let them loose in the garden at night QED!


Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:12

Just a few pics to show how the garden is getting on at present.

1. Lupins are now in flower

 2. More of Lupins from different angle

3. Another of the Lupins

 4. And a wider view

 5.  Elsa Spath Clematis

6. The Blue Lupin flower spike




Where are YOU?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 22:20

Have to say I agree with Mike that it is best to put a location of sorts (not a full postal address) in the 'about me' section. It does sometimes (often!) help to answer questions if you know what area of the country someone lives in and to just click on their name at the top of the post would make it very easy if that information was there - for example "why have my runner beans collapsed just a day after planting out?" Is easy to answer if clicking on the enquirers name reveals they live in Spitzbergen where permafrost is a prevailing condition.

Floppy Chilli Leaves

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 21:40

It could be that a Vine Weevil has laid eggs in the compost and the grubs are attacking the roots. While weather conditions are warn it may be that the remaining roots cannot supply enough sap to balance out the transpiration rate. If it is Vine Weevil grubs there is only one solution other than destroy the plants and that is (in my opinion) Nemasys vine weevil nematodes (available on Ebay and Amazon + other suppliers if you google 'Nemasys vine weevil killer').


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 21:26

We once had a neighbour who had 4 cats, 3 dogs and a rabbit! I got absolutely fed up with having my seed beds destroyed night after night that I went out and bought 4 ultra-sonic cat scarers. It had a bit of effect but not enough (seems one scraggy old moggie was deaf! and our grandchildren complained they could hear this constant high pitched squealing every time they went down the garden). I then invested in a 'Mosquito' and a roll of orange electric fence wire + a bag of insulators and set up a criss-cross pattern over the raised 'seed bed'

** A Mosquito is a low powered domestic electric fence kit that gives a single pulse of high voltage but extremely low amperage electricity and runs off a small 12 volt battery.

At around 12.30am there was a double Yeowwwee! from the bottom of the garden followed by a 'clang!!'  On inspection next morning there were 2 divots in the seed bed but very little damage to the seed bed (the clang was said moggie scrambling under the back gate in its rush to depart from whatever it supposed had bitten its rear end). The 2 divots were so placed you could see it had come over the dividing wall, leaped immediately into the air and landed about 3 ft away on the same patch (hence the double Yeowwwee") and then escaped under the gate.

We were then trouble free for about 3 months but I had to remove the 'Mosquito' and its associated paraphanalia because as the plants began to grow they would touch the wire and the wire would cause the leaves to spark & shrivel.

The neighbour moved away about 3 years ago taking said menagerie with them and although there are other cats in the locality we don't get the problem any more just so long as I remember to re-charge the batteries in the conventional cat scarers regularly and remember to switch them off when the grandchildren come around (& back on again when they leave!)


Posted: 05/05/2014 at 19:44

I have an alternative to silver soldering the hole in your pot that's just as effective: it's called 'Super Metal' and it's something you can do yourself. I can send you some free of charge if you would like to try it. If you PM me with an address to send it to (doesn't have to be your home address for obvious privacy reasons) I will send some to you with instructions (it's very easy to do). I will also need to know how big the hole is. John H

PS - it's a 2 part paste metal you mix together and apply - takes about 2 hours to harden. I have quite a bit in my workshop so am able to send you sufficient to do the job.

Help! Seedlings Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 15:17
Glad to hear you've used Domestos and it's been OK Frank. Never had the courage to try it in case I destroyed my plants & I too hate the smell of Jeyes fluid as if you get it on your hands it lingers for days. Methinks I will give the Domestos a go from now on. John H

Help! Seedlings Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 13:48
I'd use Jeyes fluid noting the directions on the tin. Also check if the Miracle Grow compost is for seeds - if it's not you may well be wasting your time (& money) again. It's getting a. It late to sow tomato seed now so buying some healthy plants from a GC may be a better plan for this year.

Help! Seedlings Dying

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 12:22

Good advice from Frank. I wash all my pots, seed trays etc in a strong solution of Jeyes fluid as soon as the plants/seedlings are potted on and then wash everything off in clean water and dry them off before putting them away or re-using them. Always use a seed compost when sowing seeds and when using a cold frame or Greenhouse make sure you have good ventilation during daylight hours as poor ventilation contributes to damping off. Also remember to clean and disinfect any tools & equipment you use when handling plants/seedlings as spores can be transferred easily to other healthy plants causing them to fail too.

Another problem you might be encountering is soil borne pests such as slugs, snails, leather jackets, vine weevil grubs etc. treatments are available for these and if you can identify which ones you have (if you have any) ask someone at your local garden centre for advice. Taking a pot with you to show them will help them identify your problem.

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