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Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:57

Thank you for your replies and solutions!

I imagine, as suggested, that this is not so much of a problem if you use the water regularly, have clear gutters, etc.

@dovefromabove Thanks for the tips. Also, that cleaning fluid seems reasonable as a preventative measure.

The butts do have lids. As Marinelilium suggests, debris from the gutter is possible. Liking the tights idea!

Unanimously, good old elbow grease (and possibly some diluted disinfectant) will do the trick.

Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:25

I haven't needed the water from my butts until this month and the water has been left to stagnate all winter.

The water absolutely stinks - putrid. I am afraid to use it on my plants, in case it infects them with a disease or something, especially young plants.

I have a new, young Rhododendron and Camellia too, which I have been told I should not water with tap water as an alternative. (Sussex: chalky, alkaline)

Am I right in thinking I can just pop in some sort of tablet into the butts to clean them?

Or do I have to empty and scrub them?

Any tips would be absolutely brilliant thanks!


Tulips - some white & slightly distorted foliage

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:14

I love tulips, but too have had some come up deformed. However, do not give up!

As Dovefromabove says, take them up when they don't perform, and replace them.

  • Try them in a sunnier position.
  • Ensure good drainage.
  • Plant them deep enough (twice the depth of the bulb).

In Autumn/winter, I plant up containers in layers. Tulip bulbs - Daffodil bulbs - Then any other plants on the very top.This way you get a long and highly anticipated display - where the tulips come up after the daffodils.


Shallow Chalk Flower Beds

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 20:43


I have a problem with my ground. I know you should learn to love you soil but, I have been digging new flower beds and have found that I have 1-2' of soil before reaching solid chalk!

I want to plant some shrubs (for example), but am thinking I am going to need to break up that chalk and dig deeper.

Has anyone experienced a similar problem?

WIll the chalk block the roots? Are there any plant recommendations for plants that do not mind such shallow chalky soil? Will I ever be able to plant a tree?


Growing Sage

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 12:31

Thanks Lyn. You dry it in the micowave!? That's intriguing, might give it a go.

In regards to taking leaves, I can imagine leaveless stalks. Some herbs prefer you to take the stalk with the leaves. But does Sage prefer you to take just the leaves and, will it then produce new leaves on the same stalk?


Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 12:27

I have seen ONE lady bird this Summer. I believe it was a european species

(on a positive and simular note, seen a lot more bumble bees that normal, and in many varieties, but only about 3 honey bees. I'm keeping a small area of uncut grass in the garden to ecourage creatures.)

Growing Sage

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 12:04

Hi! I am growing Sage in a small terracotta pot (8" diameter). It looks reasonably healthy, but isn't growing. Its like the day we bought it - 5 months ago. I am reluctant to havest it too much because there will be nothing left! Last year, we grew Sage and eventually it became a big woody mass of stalks and small leaves and didn't recover from out havesting.

The question I would like to ask is, how to grow sage successfuly? Soil compositon, location of the plant, pruning, etc. But also, how can you keep it healthy over winter and beyond?

Does anybody have sage growing large and happy in their garden - with a constant supply?

I'd like to hear your thoughts, thanks!

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 13:11
Glad I could help! Just dont accidently kill your lawn of other plants with the weedkiller! I use 'Tumbleweed'.
I'm not so good at my latin names yet nutcutlet, thanks for the info.

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 11:55
I think the first one is winter heliotrope. From your photo it looks the same as a plant I am still fighting with in my garden.
Only the male plant in the UK, so it only spreads in clumps, like a carpet of hell. Deep, thick beige roots, that web through the ground.
You can kill it with several doses of a Glyphosate weedkiller. Then you need to keep cutting it hard to the ground any time it pops up again to suffocate it, or apply weedkiller again. Digging it up is smart if you are irradiating a large area, but any tiny fragment will just grow again.
Whatever the name, if it is the same plant I have been dealing with, good luck.
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Discussions started by Nigel4ever

Water Butts STINK!

My water butts smell awful, what should I do? 
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Last Post: 25/03/2014 at 17:36

Shallow Chalk Flower Beds

Tips on how to improve, deepen and plant in 1-2ft of soil / chalk bed.  
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Last Post: 15/07/2013 at 02:15

Growing Sage

How do you grow sage successfully and havest for a long time? 
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Last Post: 14/07/2013 at 12:39
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