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Rat problem

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 15:41

You very rarely see a dead rat from poisoning. They take themselves underground.

Half bury a piece of 2 or 3 inch pipe in the ground, birds wont get in there, put stone or slate loosely over each end just leaving a little gap for the rat. If you look carefully on the ground, you will see their route, they make the same one every night, it will be very smooth where they almost polish it with their bellies. Usually it will be close to the fence or wall, this,  they prefer. Along this track is where you put your pipe, you can put it in a little coffee jar lid or similar, whatever fits in your pipe. Rats are, by nature, very nosey, they will go in out of curiosity and love the bait

The only poison that works well and very quickly is Neosorexa, they have become immune to most others and the stuff you buy in the hardware shop or similar is no good at all.

Laurel Hedging

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 14:59

I agree with Bob, hard but much needed, it will romp away though afterwards. 

These hedges should be cut down a bit right from planting, but not too late, you are catching it at its best time.

I would cut at least 18 inches to 2ft off it.

These looking ok?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 14:54

They are alright at the moment Christine.

When you see roots out of the bottom of the pots, tip out and carefully pull apart and pot up seperately! you can use the same size pots for now.

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 14:42

Thanks Gemma, I think that as I opened them 3 years ago they are just no good this year. I thought they germinated about the same time as the leeks, maybe they take longer, cant remember!

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 12:00

I have the rapid response team until next Monday morning. thats a relief. 

thank you for all good wishes, much appreciated.

friend or foe?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 11:57

Its ok Tetley, I did use a wooden stake through its heart.

Don't squish, put them out for the birds, you have to check they haven't wiggled away though!

I didn't know Verdun liked eating them, I will save them up and pop them down to him.

Watching seedlings grow

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 11:54

 Leeks are up, I have given up on the Onions, used the same seed for three years, think I was pushing it?

I will buy more Bedfordshire Champions, still not too late.


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 11:44

Dont despair of a conifer hedge, this is mine, I know several regulars have seen these piccy before, but just to show what can be done in a very short time. the only things I bought for this was a couple of tubs of chicken pellets, BOGOF. I bought 12 bare root shrubs, 20.00 from Amazon and I bought the asters and some Penstemon bare roots in the winter, of which I have now taken loads of cutting for this year. If you have the time to spend it will reward you.

starting to dig out Oct 13

 Planting up in May

 10th July growing on!

2nd Sept

 23rd Sept

 So in exactly one year from start to finish and hardly cost anything but time.


cat deterent

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 17:38
nutcutlet wrote (see)

My dad used to say 'None so blind as those that will not see'

I say 'Never argue with a delusion'

You have got it wrong there Nut, in the words of the great Delboy Trotter

' theres none so blind as them wot wont listen'

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 17:34

I know about that Lily, thank you x

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