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Talkback: Ants

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 22:53

I am definitely going to try the sliced onion idea.  I am plagued with ants in the garden every summer, although luckily none come in the house.  I hate them almost as much as I hate slugs.  The black ones are a nuisance and the red ones are worse. 

I remember once seeing a blackbird sitting on my garden path picking up ants with its beak and dropping them on its wings.  He spread his wings out on the path as if he was encouraging the ants to bite them.  I wondered if there was something in formic acid which kills mites in their feathers?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 22:46

Well I'm confused anyway!

Have just dutifully read the 61 posts so far today.  Haven't we all been busy!  Love Geoff's pics.  Have you changed your profile picture?

Lovely sunny day here, not that it did me any good as I was in the office for most of it as usual.  Did a bit of gardening in the evening sunshine - mostly cutting things back (don't like to say the P word).  Several shrubs have been trying to grow over the path/lawn.  Both rosemaries, euonymous and sage all currently going beserk with spring fever.

Yvie's strawberries have lots of flowers on them now.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 00:01

A couple of years ago I got up at dawn to watch the morris men dancing on the seafront with the queen of the May and the green man.  It was lovely weather, unlike the forecast for tonight!

April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 23:31

I grew a lot of mixed colour bedding lobelias which have been in pots in my potting shed for weeks now.  Each pot is full to bursting and they really want to be planted out.

Looking forward to May in the garden.  Much nicer than a four month long December.

What compost mix for poataoes in sacks?

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 23:29

I'm not earthing mine up any more now.

What compost mix for poataoes in sacks?

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 23:02

You can't tell from my photo, but those sacks are three quarters full of compost.  I would suggest that you keep earthing them up as they poke through until your sack is about three quarters full (if you are using sacks the same size as my used compost sacks).

April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 22:57

 Yvie = you will be pleased to hear that your strawberries enjoyed a nice day of sunshine on my patio today

Lottie – I was picturing your tent carrying you away like a balloon with all that wind on Saturday night!

 Geoff -My dad will be keeping Robbie the Budgie in Trill and watering anything which could possibly need watering. It is looking less likely that he will be eating my strawberry crop because they are only just flowering now (and Yvie is going to be eating them anyway).

 It took a heroic effort of willpower to walk to work on a lovely sunny morning after the weekend we have just endured.   I escaped again at 4pm so at least I saw the end of the sunshine  My baby lobelias spent the day outside – yippee.  I really wanted to plant them out before I went on holiday.

Burying seedlings to the true leaves

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 22:53

I like experimenting.

What compost mix for poataoes in sacks?

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 22:52

You don't cover the foliage forever.  After a bit you allow the top to grow into a bushy plant.  This year I am trying something new with my sacks.  I planted the potatoes near the bottom of the sack and then filled the sack up to the top straight away.  It appears to be working because they have just started to poke out of the top.  It was a lot less hassle.  Mine are growing in a mix of half New Horizon multi purpose and half compost from my compost bin.

Burying seedlings to the true leaves

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 22:44

I did it with my Cosmos Purity seedlings and they look fine.

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