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Posted: 12/07/2013 at 16:43

Slugs eat detritus amongst other things (detrivores), if they weren't around we'd be knee deep in rotting vegetation.  The trouble is, their mouthparts can't cope with anything that's chewy, which is why they also eat seedlings and the new growth of plants.

A top tip someone else posted a couple of weeks ago was put a white sheet/cloth/kitchen paper underneath your lilies and give them a bit of a shake, the beetle drops off and you can then pick it off the paper and squish it.  They are vile  creatures and get no mercy if I find them (although I've only found 2 to squish this year).


Posted: 12/07/2013 at 16:36

I wouldn't have thought Jeyes or Bleach would do any good.  You have my sympathies, I accidentally trod on one of those things, I could smell it for weeks.  I'd try a fungicide, being as it's a fungus, as you use weedkiller for weeds, and a pesiticide for pests (hopefully a bee-friendly one).  Unless of course you are an organic gardener, in which case you either constantly battle weeds, pay lots for organic ways to deal with pests and weeds, or learn to live with weeds and pests.  Find out what it's living on and remove the food source.  They are totally horrible disgusting efforts, one of God's friday afternoon creations.  No amount of money would get me to try and eat one!!

Feline Invaders.....AKA Cats

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 16:28

Buy a decent quality hose and then bury it in your lawn.  No unsightly  hose, no yellow grass, no hassles and no cats.  You might want to make a bit of small flowerbed or something underneath it, to make sure you don't accidentally chop off the bit of hose that has to come up to the scarecrow to connect it.  Make sure you turn it off whenever you go down the garden.  Or don't bother trying to remember, once you've been soaked a couple of times, you WILL remember to turn off the tap.  Not compatible with the hoselock aquastop or autostop or whatever it's called, so make sure you use a cheap & cheerful connector.

At the risk of upsetting the cat lovers on here, there's more than one way to skin a cat.

Feline Invaders.....AKA Cats

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 13:27

Get a water scarecrow.  That does the job, the ultrasonic cat repelling efforts are a waste of your money.  The contech one looks the best, I will be getting one of these in a few months when I move, as I KNOW the house I'm moving into is used as a public latrine for most of the furry vermin (cats) in the area.  You connect the water scarecrow to the hosepipe, place in the area of your garden you want to protect, and it squirts a jet of water at anything the motion detector picks up.  As you aren't in the garden at the time, the cats start to associate that area of your garden as having bad mojo (they go there and an odd thing squirts them with water), and give it a wide berth.

I'm a dog person and not really a cat person, I have kids and don't want them coming in after playing out covered in cat poo, it's bad enough picking up dog poo, but I knew I'd have to do that when I got the dog, I do get fed up of picking up cat poo (dog is old and can no longer catch the buggers).

What you're suggesting is impractical and a waste of everyone's time and money.  The horse has expired, stop flogging it and lay out some readies on the contech scarecrow, then come back all excited and tell us you've figured out how to keep out cats.

Toscana Strawberries

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 11:48

Mine are in stacking pots in a quite sheltered place on the drive, between the house and a 6ft fence, I only water them in summer to make sure they never dry out, I tend to stop watering them during winter, they only get watered if it's very dry.  I tend to leave them alone the rest of the time, leave the big leaves on, some of them will die off over winter, I only cut the dead leaves off when the better weather arrives, as the dead leaves provide some protection for the rest of the plant from snow and frost.

Once they start getting flowers on, I feed them once a week (twice if I remember) with either tomato food or flower power, I tend to do this until mid-september, it helps the plants develop fruit, and when it's stopped fruiting, keep it strong for the following season.  If you have room in the greenhouse, then by all means move them in there, but don't keep them in there - unless you want them to flower and fruit earlier than they normally would. 

Mine are covered in green fruits this year, waiting for them to swell and go red, then hopefully get to them before the small boy (and the smaller girl who is rapidly picking up big brother's bad habits!).

Where do we start?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:18

I found a long-lost Ford Sierra and a Mark 2 Escort when clearing my garden.  That's how bad the brambles were!!  Now just waiting for OH to take off the bits he wants to keep for fixing his 'classic' (banger) Escort, then I can get the local scrap man to take the rest away.

Do it a bit at a time, and it will all come good in time.  Don't try to bite off more than you can chew, and the tip about the photos is a good one.  Wish I'd taken one before I started, to remind me just how far I've come.

Toscana Strawberries

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 17:12

They were selling off some of the pre-planted strawberry baskets in Homebase at the weekend, I did a double-take as the flowers were bright pink, and they were the Toscana variety.  Didn't get any as I had OH there trying to round up the sproglets, I think a trip back may be in order!

If anyone's interested, they were down from £7 to £4.  I will be going to get some and re-potting for next year, most of my strawberries survived in the planter (they were in a very sheltered spot though).  Not sure how many plants are in the basket, will report back after the weekend, if I manage to get back before they've all gone.

A case of the missing goldfish (and a heron)

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 19:45

Daydaisy, I'd do as Verdun suggests and use netting with quite large holes in it, that way the frogs can get in and out, and the hedgehog won't fall in.  I fear if you lift up the mesh in just one area, your hedgehog and frogs won't find their way back to the 'open' bit, and become entangled in a net with a fine mesh.  Besides, I think lifting the net won't be as pleasing to the eye than if it's hidden just below the surface.  You could also try the plastic heron too, although I'm not sure where you'd get one from!

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 23:58

When I lived in a council flat as a teenager, my bedroom adjoined the next-door bedroom, and I suffered with the sounds of their music, or even worse, them bumping uglies.  One day after they'd finished, a couple of my mates were round, and after listening open-mouthed to the 'oh, yes!' and 'give it to me big boy' (I kid you not!), we gave them a round of appause, cheering, whistling etc.  They were never quite as noisy again!  The other thing they did was listen to pop music all of the time, I had a couple of classical CD's so used to turn those on full blast when it got a bit too much.

Do you have a lurverly singing voice?  I used to be able to empty the pub I worked in at closing time, with the first two minutes of 'bohemian rhapsody'.  An unusual talent, but one that came in handy.  Maybe you could try learning Welsh, or Urdu, outside, with one of those tape things?  I know that would annoy me, if my neighbours did that.  Or if you're going to be really evil, wait until their extension is finished, and push fish heads through the air vents (the stink will drive them mad, and they'll never figure out where it's coming from.  Failing that, have you got a small boy in the family who has a burning ambtion to learn the trombone?  If you think a small child and a recorder is a bad combination, you ain't heard anything till you team a 7 year old boy with a trombone.

Could you get one of those garden mirrors and angle it so the evening sun would be reflected onto their patio area?  Water features are a good idea, as are windchimes.

As for a name, I tend to use 'biffa' a lot.  Looks like the back of a garbage truck with all the desirability of one.

Don't get mad, get evil!

To buy or not to buy

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 22:57

Thanks for all of the advice re rats.  I currently have a large dog, but he's getting on and can't be bothered.  He's also going deaf, as he doesn't always hear the door, and when I answer it, barks a LOT to let folks know he's in and to cover his embarassment!

A Jack Russell flavour bogwoppit it is then.


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