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Moon Garden Suggestions....

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:52


Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:49

We have a rescue terrier cross, now aged 6, who's favourite garden activity - when not tearing around with the other dog - is digging up rats in their dens.  Fine, except they're in the borders.....  She also hears moley tunnelling and then tries to dig them out of our lawn.

We also have Bonzo Dog, a rescue Labrador who hadn't a clue when we got him a year ago aged between 2 and 3 as he'd never been outside.   He charges through the undergrowth to help Rasta with her ratting and, being a Lab, he also charges through our pond.  He hasn't a clue how to dig but tries to copy Rasta and it's hilarious to watch as he tries to use both front paws at once.   He likes to keep me company whatever I'm doing so when I'm gardening he sprawls on the beds but does move happily to the path or lawn when asked.   He's had to learn about people, cows, horses, goats, pigs, sheep, cars and other dogs as he now meets some or all on daily walkies.  He loves chasing pheasants and hares.  So does Rasta.

We are about to make them a path through the shrub border so they can gallop through the underplanting without wrecking it.

We also have a rescue cat we found abandoned in the field next door.  We've had her 21 months now and she's an indoor cat who has only recently discovered it's safe to go outside for an hour or so a day and that she is allowed back in.   She doesn't approve of snow or rain.   She likes to watch the birds at the feeders but can't get at them.

Moon Garden Suggestions....

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:33

Geranium Kasmir White is well behaved - 

You could also try Evening Primrose which is a clear yellow but, as it's name suggests, flowers late in the day and attracts moths.

Moon Garden Suggestions....

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 09:42

White honesty, white phlox, white achillea, white campanulas, white shasta daisies, white liatris, white roses but go for simple forms for insects to get at the nectar, white foxgloves, white garaniums, white clematis....................

Spreading plants needed

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 11:27

You need to leave access to the manhole so a pot is best.  Failing that a prostrate juniper would cover it if planted to the side but would get damaged when you need access.

I have two of these things in my front border and both have pots I can move.

Gardeners world show

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 08:39

The show is run by Haymarket, presumably contracted by the RHS.   I understand they asked too much for TV coverage so there was none.  Unfortunately, this has a knock on effect for sponsorship for gardens and plants people who have to balance the cost of exhibiting - fees, transport, personnel, materials, time -  against likely sales and publicity generated by a show without TV coverage.

The Ant Hill Mob

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 21:55

They like dry places for their nests so, once you've got them picked off, put it all back and keep the compost heap moist.   It'll help break it down faster too.

GM seeds

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 21:12

We don't need GM foods t feed the planet.  Food productiona nd delivery to where it's needed would go up exponentially if corruption stopped and wars too.  As it is, it is reckoned that 50% of food goes to waste either through bad storage or bad delivery means or bad planning.

A lot of Monsanto's GM work is directed to making plants such as corn resistant to glyphosate.   There are studies which show the effects of feeding GM corn with this added feature is highly carcinogenic to rats but it also seems that this study was itself suspect.

A newer study on pigs, however, and by a more reputable laboratory, seems to show they are developing cancers too.  According to my scientists who tell me these things, toxicolgy studies by producer companies only have to be run for 3 months - clearly not long enough to show long term effects of absorption over say 10 years.........

I will never knowingly eat GM foods.


plant indenity

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 17:09

Never come across the short version but I do really love the tall siculum version and plant more every year.  It's odd though.  Some grow dead straight and others do a serpentine.   I love the flowers and the seed heads too.

What to do!

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 10:57

If you have a strimmer, take off all the top growth of the comfrey/borage/whatever and remove and compost it.    Pick as much mint as you can easily preserve either frozen or as dried mint or mint sauce.   You can then apply a solution of glyphosate when new foliage emerges.  This will be taken by the leaves to the roots and will kill them.   You need to wait till the new leaves are a decent size to absorb the product and you may need to apply several times.

Adding a couple of drops of washing up liquid to the solution will help it stick to the foliage and you need to spray it on a dry day with at least 6 hours of no rain and preferably some sun.   It takes about 2 weeks to work but you will then need to be patient and wait for signs of regrowth before you risk digging over the ground as any surviving roots will simply propagate themselves.   Allow yourself the rest of this season to deal thoroughly with the problem and reduce risk of reinvasion that will be a nightmare to remove form any new plants you grow.

Be careful not to let the spray touch any plants you wish to keep and don't let it get in any water features.

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