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Posted: 10/02/2015 at 16:37

The only thing I've known to cause the effect you describe is when my fish start to spawn.  It clears after a day or so.

Not much help if you don't have fish tho

blanket weed

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 10:21

I have found that both duckweed and watercress are quite effective at reducing the growth of blanket weed.  They are also much less fiddly to remove from the pond if either grows to excess.  As Bekkie says, anything which gives surface cover will help.

Spinach and Lettuce

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 16:52 chickens are free ranging so they tend to help themselves somewhat but I do grow Spring cabbage for them as well as myself.  I don't grow lettuce specifically for them but they do have a few leaves when I cut any. They are also surprisingly partial to Land cress which I would have thought a bit peppery for them

Spinach and Lettuce

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 10:58

I grow the perpetual spinach for my chickens.  Nice large leaves which easily tie into a bunch to hang up for he chickens to pull at. 

If you harvest regularly and cut off  the flowering stems early enough, you can get 2 or 3 years out of each plant.

Timber Compost Bins

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 16:52

Thanks to all for the comments

Timber Compost Bins

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 10:46

Having always relied on simple compost "heaps", I now intend to purchase timber bins.

There appear to be 2 types on offer..........close boarded OR those with gaps between the boards.

I can see the advantage of both types i.e. better heat retention with close boards but better air flow with the open type.

I wondered whether anyone has tried both types and has a preference for one or the other ?  Also does anyone have a particular make/model/supplier which they would recommend ?

Many thanks

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 11:08

Personally, I would water the feed into the soil as that way, you are sure of the plant taking it up rather than some evaporating in the saucer.  Little bit at a time over a few hours would be my suggested method.

Best leave the home made bread until your Gardenia is flourishing tho..........if it doesn't recover, you will regret your kind thought

Hope you manage to save it.

Tree Lily Bulbs

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:56

Tree Lillies............a bargain from T&M a couple of years ago.  5 foot or so in their second year.  Can't moan about them to be honest

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:52 say your Gardenia was purchased many moons ago as an "outdoor" plant.

If you purchased in the UK, as far as I know the common Gardenia was always grown as a house plant.  In the last couple of years, some companies are selling a "hardy" Gardenia but that is very much open to interpretation. 

Gardenias are not the easiest plants to keep happy - cool but not cold, light but not sun, damp but not wet. 

If the leaves are turning yellow and dropping that is usually a sign of EITHER over watering OR just a natural dropping of leaves at this time of year.  It could be that you are misting too much without providing the optimum conditions.  Even evergreen plants need a little respite.

There is little point in feeding it at the need to see some shoots emerging before you worry about that.

If the stems are green and you have access to a Propagator, take some cuttings.

At the very least, don't abandon it now..........wait for natural higher temps and light levels and see if it will produce new leaves/shoots.

Really sorry not to be more helpful but wish you luck















Rats feeding on bird food! What to do?

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 18:29

Sounds harsh at this time of year but most "Rat" people suggest not putting any food out for a few weeks.  If there is nothing to attract the Rats, they will give up and move on.

Has to be said tho.......if you have a constant Rat problem, you probably need to call in the local council.  If your neighbours persist in leaving food and/or general rubbish around, whatever steps you take to eliminate the problem won't really work.

GG is right too............Rooks, Jackdaws, Starlings and Pigeons will usually clear away the detritus from the bird feeders before the Rats get a chance.  Instead of trying to keep these particular scavenging birds from your garden, let them clear up for you. 

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