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Rats and Mice in my garden!

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 14:52

My garden is in the country, surrounded by arable and pastoral fields so assorted mice, voles and rats are a constant feature.   We grow a variety of fruit and veg and have never had any health problems.   They all need careful rinsing anyway as we don't use chemicals so there are always insects and caterpillars to wash off, especially on salads and brassicas.

Perhaps you could get the council round to deal with the rat infestation and they will then identify the problems in your neighbour's garden and require them to clean it up as rats can be a danger to public health.

Which rose is this please?

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 20:06

Good luck.  I like it too.  It's on my "to buy" list.


Posted: 21/06/2015 at 10:05

Thistles are a controlled weed.  Farmers are expected to remove them so having molehills which encourage germination is not welcome.    

We have cow pasture next door and horse paddocks across the road and both farmers regularly use chemicals to control thistles but not creeping buttercup or nettles.   Both fields have moles whose burrowing can cause problems for the feet of the beasts if they step in tunnels that collapse and cause them to twist their limbs.

That usually means expensive vets' bills or the slaughter house.

As said above - nothing useful about a mole.

Which rose is this please?

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 07:37

It's certainly looking healthy this year.  If you cut the dead flowers as soon as they go over and can give it a weekly liquid feed of tomato food that will help with general health and repeat flowering.   Do not feed after the end of June tho as new growth will be too sappy to harden off before winter frosts.   Other than that it should be fine with a generous dollop of slow release rose fertiliser next March.



Which rose is this please?

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 21:09

It looks like the old fashioned Rosa Mundi which has been around since the late 1500s and is perfumed but onlyhas the one flush of flowers.  If yours repeats it may well be rosa Ferdinand Pichard which can be trained as a climber.

Plant ID please?

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 14:16

Mine self seeds so maybe a neighbour has some or a bird has left a present in passing.    I love it.

They get very big at the base so you might want to move it to a more spacious location or else move its immediate neighbours which may get swamped.  .

Mystery plants / weeds that I can't kill with weedkiller

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 09:51

Didn't spot the double strength bit but agree totally.  Follow the instructions for best results but add a couple of drops (not a huge squirt) or washing up liquid as this helps the product adhere better to shiny foliage.   Agree also about waiting for decent regrowth before repsraying as this transports more of the active ingredient down to the roots to kill them.

I would love a flame gun for the annual weeds in our cobbles but haven't found one here so it's either spraying or hand weeding and that's not an option given the surface area involved.

Jardins Ouvert/Open Garden

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 09:08

I love visiting other people's gardens and go to see what's good and hwat ideas and plants I can adopt or adapt for my garden.  I've yet to see a perfect, weed free garden, even at RHS gardens like Harlow Carr and Wisley or places like Great Dixter and Sissinghurst.

You will be stressed and nervous at the start but then will have so many people to meet and greet and sell cake to that you'll have other things to think about.  Your visitors are there to enjoy themselves and will have a good time which should rub off on you.   I'm sure you'll have great day and will be thoroughly exhausted afterwards.  

Good luck.  Have fun.

Mystery plants / weeds that I can't kill with weedkiller

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 08:32

There are lots of persistent weeds that don't die off after the first spray - thistles, couch grass, bindweed etc.   With some of them the tops will die off but some roots will survive and regrow.

You just have to respray and remaining green bits and then keep an eye out for new shoots coming back so think in terms of 3 sprays over 6 weeks and another month to wait for sneaky regrowth before you can consider the soil cleaned and ready for planting.



Posted: 19/06/2015 at 21:21

Not good Gwen.   You have my sympathy.

One of my Belgian gardening friends insists that molehill soil makes the best cutting and seed compost because it is "clean".   However there are times when you can have too much of  a good thing.

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