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Posted: 01/03/2015 at 09:37

DT Brown sell Aubergine plants - £10 for 3 .........not grafted plants tho.  Check around first as there seems to be conflicting evidence as to whether any of the grafted stuff (tomatos, etc. ) are worth the extra cost.

Aralia, how to propagate by suckers

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 09:31

Yes, I've done this several times.  Just do as you would with any suckering shrub.

Rats in the compost

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 17:41

If you have any concerns I suppose you could always sieve the rat faeces out of your compost before using it.  Alternatively, use that compost on your non edible plants and buy new for your veg.

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

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 16:43

Forget the builders sand..........just use the wet cement..........not only will all the crap be in one place, so will the cats.  You can then dispose of both however you see fit

solomans seal

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:06

It will be a while yet I think. May be a bit later due to the colder temps but still early yet for this plant


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 15:58

This often seems to be the case these days.  A similar situation with frogs.  Unless you can physically remove a number of the males from the vicinity ( and then what do you do with them ? ), mobbing and subsequent drownings will occur.

Could you contact your local wildlife trust or amphibian group and see if they can advise you ?

growing grapes

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:50

If you know someone who has a grapevine, ask them for some cutting material when they next prune.  They take easily from cuttings but I've never known them to grow from a bunch ( unless there is a viable part stem attached - unlikely IMO )


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 18:13

GG..........Hibiscus used to self seed like mad for me in France.  They would flower profusely, drop seeds and then seedlings would appear in Spring.  We used to get some fairly hard frosts there so I would imagine that a cold period helps them.

I brought seedlings back to the UK with me but the trees are still too small to flower as yet but yours should germinate in a cold g/h or frame here I imagine.

i been given this advice but '.................

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 18:17

Granma..........I would imagine your friend was thinking of any calcium content in the cheese.  I doubt there would be enough for it to make any difference, particularly for old dogs.

If you think extra calcium is needed, perhaps a calcium supplement would be a better bet ?  Probably worth having a word with your Vet ?

Jeruselem artichokes

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 18:11

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Rude but funny.

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