philippa smith2

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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 ?  

Weed n Feed

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 16:13

Hello Granma.

I've never yet used the product you mention but keen "lawn" people obviously do judging by the number of times it has come up on the forum.

My lawn has some grass in can be spotted between the clover, daisies, buttercup, speedwell, etc. and I've not yet felt the need to Feed and Weed.

Other than taking the precautions mentioned by Mike, I wouldn't have thought it would cause a problem

White tiny dots on lily pot

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 16:02

It is not advisable to spray anything without knowing for sure what you are trying to eradicate.

Your compost will not be sterile.....there will be lots of micro organisms running around in there doing their thing.

If your plants are growing and flowering well, count your blessings

I'd follow Dove from Above's advice..........leave well alone

Does new tarmac kill Leyandii hedges?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 15:48

I believe Leylandii are quite shallow rooted.  Tarmac would have been very hot when first laid and so I imagine it not only won't have done the roots much good but will also have damaged the growth to a certain height.

If the hedge was on your side - i.e. on your land rather than the school's land, I imagine you could ask them to compensate you in some way.  Perhaps enough to enable you to purchase some shrubs to give you back your privacy. 

Lavender not flowering

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 19:18

Are you pruning to keep it a low growing "hedge" ?  If so, perhaps you are pruning off the flowering stems ?

Ngs first timer

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 19:14

Congratulations Jenny........sounds as if you and your friend had a very successful day.

Tree ID please

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 16:51

The "odd green thing" is lichen.......usually a sign of clean/unpolluted air.  I think it tends to grow on the opposite side to the prevailing wind.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:22

One of my jobs tomorrow is to collect Manure from my local stables.  Maybe I could save the time and just collect from the various "referendum Facts" ?

If I spot Tony Blair in one of the bags, I'll send him on to you KT......I don't want to know what you do with him

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:07

Be fair Hosta,,,,,,,,,,the Remain lot have no more idea about their figures than do the Brexit lot.  I'm ashamed to think that most of these people represent us.

I pity anyone trying to work out their vote based on the half assed figures/statistics that are being bandied about.

I made my mind up ages ago......well before statistics came into the equation...based on what I've seen and experienced over the last 40 years.  

I'd prefer to be part of Europe ...........not only because I have lived there but because i I am ever optimistic that the Eurocrats can eventually be dealt with.  At present, they are dreadfully wasteful but no different from our own Govt.

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Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

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Pond plants

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