philippa smith2

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Posted: 18/05/2017 at 19:32

The water from your butt will be prefectly safe to use on your garden.  If in any doubt, get your rat, squeeze it hard and dump the resulting water down the drain - share it with the rest of us

Pouring it on the lawn, unless you know someone is likely to lay down there and lick the grass immediately, shouldn't be too much of a problem either.

You will only need to wash fruit and veg to get the dirt off if you grow organically - if you use chemicals, it is a different matter.  

Detering rats from compost bins

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 19:09

Snake faeces - I wonder why the Environmental people haven't thought of this - you could be on your way to making a fortune with this 

BTW, Pooh is Pooh Bear............Poo is for children who cannot yet pronounce faeces

van Meuwen

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 16:47

Sounds more like an ad for B&Q and I've never known that company to particularly look after the plants they have for sale.

If genuine, it is simply a lesson learned.  Always best to see what you are buying but also to have some idea how to treat the items once received if purchasing sight unseen.

Help !

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 17:24

Don't know about the Hoe but I'd find space on my wall for that beauty

Mind you I can say that because I don't have it growing in my garden

Black spots on patio

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 17:19

I'd think the first thing would be to ID the black spots wouldn't it ?  Little point in using Jeyes fluid or anything else come to that if you don't know what you are trying to eradicate?

Tomatoe plant dead

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 17:10

Depends where you are,  Those Toms look rather small to be allowed out on their own

Pond Clean Up!

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 17:05

I'd second Pansy - most of us would give our eye teeth for your problem ( and your pond ! }

With such a large body of water which obviously attracts your native wildlife, it would be totally pointless to empty and refill - within 12 months you would be back at square one.

Looks good to me - why not just live with it and make the most of your surrounding garden ? It should be simple enough to check out native water plants in your area which will help to clear the water and keep whatever wildlife you have in there happy.

Apologies if this seems a negative response but I can't actually see what the problem is.  

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 17:59

Ooh thanks Bob ...I'll take a look at that.

I don't mind paying if the damn thing works and I'd even be prepared to dress up in SAS gear if needs be

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 14:52

For those who were following this saga, just thought I'd offer a final update.

Having had 2 cams from the supplier and trying everything under the sun ( or moon in this case ) to get them to work on a consistent basis, I gave up.  Far too frustrating.

I have to give the supplier - Laptops Direct - credit for the way in which they dealt with the problem and can report that I received a refund (minus P&P costs).  I also learned that they had received similar complaints from other purchasers and they were contacting the cam manufacturers.

Longer days mean I can just revert to hanging around the garden at night with a camera to catch my visitors.  Still love to know where they are entering/exiting garden tho and there is a limit to how long I can sit with my camera in one place 

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Planning ?  Planning ??  Dirty word I think Bob

Rest assured you certainly aren't on your own 

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