philippa smith2

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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 

Black bamboo

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 17:01

Hot drying winds ( or even cold drying winds ) will make a mess of these slender stemmed bamboos.  Shade and moisture suits them best and if you have it in a pot it needs to be a big tub.  They need depth and plenty of good soil/compost to feed them.

Neighbours conifers

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 19:21

I'd agree with KT but do ensure you know exactly where the boundary line is.  The actual line can be as thin as a pencil mark on your Land Registry plans.  It matters not who paid for what fence - the real key is that all important line.

If you think your neighbour's have overstepped the mark , then you can ask them to move the trees to their side of the line.  I don't think that there is anything you can do to actually stop them from planting the conifers on their side but there is some sort of thing about "evergreen hedges and height". You may want to check this out if you think there is going to be a real problem.  You are within your rights to cut off anything overhanging your garden but be aware that if you do that, you should not just dump the resultant branches into your neighbour's garden - you can offer them to your neighbour but if he/she declines to accept them, it's down to you to dispose of them yourself.

Your right to light is pretty "iffy" in your garden ( indeed it can be a bit iffy even if it affects your house ) so may be wise not to try that route if you can avoid it.

If this response sounds negative in the extreme, it is simply because I have an ongoing dispute with my neighbours and even involving solicitors and police hasn't resolved the matter.  So, just a warning - tread carefully would be my recommendation.

Grafting Tom's and chillies on potatoes

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 16:58

No idea Swedboy but some companies offer grafted toms and aubergines - not sure what they use to graft on to tho.  Personally I wouldn't waste money on buying these but that's just my opinion.

If you have plenty of spare seedlings and want to experiment, why not ?  You'll never know if you don't try and you can come back and tell us the results

how to deter cats from fouling in your garden

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 18:22

Don't know about coco pops, I'd think a bottle of bubbly would be in order - shared between myself and all the small wildlife 


Posted: 04/05/2017 at 18:56

Everyone's tastes vary but Sungold are excellent little ones.  Black Krim are good beefsteak types and Rosada are good for sauces.

There are so many varieties out there these days that it really is a case of trying something different each year and then continuing with those you like best.

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