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Talkback: Cats in the garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 13:33

There are ten cats that regularly use our garden as their loo - disgusting as you can imagine.  I've tried water pistols, throwing things at them (I'm a rotten shot) and nothing works.  Now, to protect seedlings I cut a rew holly twigs and place over the seed bed - seems to do the trick.  I have been told that the best solution is to get your own cat as they never go to the loo in their own garden, but keep other cats out of their territory.  Failing that, if you live near a zoo, try to get some lion dung - domestic cats hate it.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 13:25

Good for S Glos council - our council sells it,bagged at the same price as the garden centres.  Though maybe it would be worth a try as there seem to be so many problems with the B&Q compost this year.

I'm using the Verve MP compost this year and whilst it is not so fine and user friendly for seed sowing as the previous MP compost from B&Q (which I always found quite good - except the time I found half a brick in the bag) so far germination seems OK but I was late planting as I don't have a greenhouse.  Am rather concerned as I bought 12 bags of the stuff.


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 11:13

Thanks for the replies.  There were no signs last year of anything wrong but after winter 2010 being extremely cold we did have another very cold snap this year.  Also, how are magnolias with drought as I have never watered it since it became established?

Talkback: Gardening by the moon

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 09:22
Tried this a couple of years ago but find that the weather here is so unpredictable that I struggle to stick to even the basic principles unless I want to be planting in the pouring rain and gales (which I don't!) However, my brother-in-law is a farmer in Cyprus and although he doesn't refer to it as 'moon gardening' there are certain crops he plants according to the phase of the moon - Sweetcorn was one in particular but I can't remember the details.


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 09:16

What can have killed my 10 year old Magnolia Stellata.  Last year it was beautiful - this year it has failed to show any signs of life at all.  Any ideas on what could have killed it?  Also, if I plant another one in the same place is it likely to die too?

Talkback: An orgy of ants

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 10:13

J.E.S I always sprinkle a few slug pellets in my potato trench when planting.  Seems to do the trick.

Talkback: Ants

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 10:05

Sybille, how did you apply the baking powder?  Dry?  

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