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RainWater Harvesting

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 19:44

No rainwater stored in a butt will be pristine......but it doesn't do any harm.  If you don't like the look of the algae crust , a bit of a gentle fork over will break it up. 

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 19:35

I agree with Scroggin.......cats do not always dig neat little holes, crap and then carefully cover up the offending matter.

They will defecate on grass, concrete and on top of tightly spread netting. Unfortunately, it is something we all have to put up with until some form of licensing is introduced and enforced.

Not much help to those who are really suffering I'm afraid.


Posted: 22/06/2016 at 18:54

That's often the best way if you aren't sure............try a couple and compare them.  That's the way we learn I think


Posted: 22/06/2016 at 18:44

I suppose it will but then you would probably have to  wait longer for the flowers to form.

Unless they have been drawn up thru low light levels, I can't really see any advantage.  

Maybe someone else will have some thoughts on this

Oh Lord...what a stink

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 18:34

Haven't noticed it from mine either

D vulgaris Nutcutlet ?  Now there's a goody......

Humming Bird Hawk Moth

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 18:28

Haven't had time to go back thru last year's diary so not sure if they are early for me or not but looking at the Centranthus , I've got a feeling the Moths are a bit later this year.  Rubbish weather lately tho so that could account for it.

At least the Mullein Moth caterpillars are happy and thriving so that is something


Posted: 22/06/2016 at 17:37

You are probably best to check out that particular one's habit B3.  If you grew them from seed, it should give you an idea on the packet description. 

Some of them sprawl for miles whilst others can be compact and ideal for pots, etc.  

Most things seem to be Slug food this year......I've not known Nasturtiums to be particularly susceptible though.

Humming Bird Hawk Moth

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 17:26

First sighting this year was 18 June....briefly on the favoured Centranthus patch.  Been hoping to see it again but weather dull and wet.  

I think I read recently that they have now been officially recorded as over wintering in the south UK.

Anyone else got theirs yet ?


RainWater Harvesting

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 17:09

There's a simple answer to that Pete8.......some of us go to fill up the can from the butt, spot something else which needs doing and forget to keep an eye on the can

To be a little more serious, it is a good idea to fit water butts on any house / GH / outbuilding where possible.  Piping overflows to keep a pond topped up is something I do too.

If you find that your butts overflow, a diverter kit will allow you to run the excess off into the main drain.

Most plants would prefer rain water and as Ladybird says, if your water is metered, it saves a few pennies.

Is this a weed?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 18:32

I think Colts foot are becoming less well known these days........are they not a native wild flower rather than a weed ?

Used to be used in days gone by as a cough medicine......hence the name Tussilago farfara .....tussis being the latin for cough.

I suppose it depends on how you define "weed" doesn't it ?  

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