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Guilty of overmanicuring gardens at the expense of wildlife?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 10:19

Lunaria.........it seems as if you have fallen into the same trap as the OP in that you appear to assume that we are all the same. 

I don't pick and choose what wildlife to "allow" into my garden but I do choose whether I wish to allow other people's destructive pets in there.

I object to your statement that it is "silly and oversensitive" to be angry about cats killing wildlife.  No one in this day and age is naïve enough to believe they don't have much impact on wildlife.  As has been stated many times on previous "cat" threads, cats are not part of the natural predator chain here and should be restricted in the same manner as other domestic pets.

Watching a Sparrowhawk make a kill just yards from your house and objecting would be "silly and oversensitive" as would banishing snakes from your garden or spiders or anything else you don't happen to like. 

If you wish to be taken seriously, I'd suggest you don't just say something to "make mischief".  Nor is it very wise to make the assumption that those of us who object to cats in their garden are quite happy to slaughter wildlife which doesn't fit in with their idea of what should be there.

Lemon trees

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 17:52

BFB will be a good general fertiliser when you plant out the Lemon particularly if it has been in a pot for some time.  You can then use specialist Citrus feed ( winter and summer) thereafter.

plastic greenhouse

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 17:41

There is really no comparison between the plastic ones and a glasshouse.  Watch out for the wind as they will blow over very easily unless tied down.  They also tend to heat up more quickly so you will need to give plenty of ventilation to keep your plants from overheating.

Guilty of overmanicuring gardens at the expense of wildlife?

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 17:34

I'm surprised the OP is prepared to lump us all together in such a manner.  I garden all year round and have plenty of wildlife to keep me company.  Whilst it is a shame to see so many gardens paved for car parking spaces, etc., people have to garden according to their needs.

Free roaming cats ( with as many bells on as you like ) and wildlife certainly don't go together........keep them indoors or take them out on a lead.  At least that way you are making the effort to be wildlife friendly and saving the rest of us from having to see the death and destruction caused by "Kitty"

Lilies & Cats

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 19:01

I think it is unreasonable to expect GW to cover every eventuality as to who/what may be susceptible to garden plants.

Lillies have been a favourite garden plant for years.........the number of cats still alive and well and causing mayhem does not immediately make one think that many are suffering from lilly pollen ingestion. 

It may well be something that cat owners need to consider but I for one am not about to stop growing Lillies in my garden on the offchance that someone's cat may brush up against them and subsequently ingest pollen.

vermiculite or perlite

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 18:43

There is also a difference in the texture.  Perlite is good for mixing in your chosen compost whilst vermiculite is better for topping off.

Should I soak these first

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 18:40

I think any of the dry bulbs the Garden centres sell do need a good soak beforehand and I'd agree with GG............do them in pots first.  At least that way, you can see whether or not they shoot before going to the effort of planting them out.

bumble bees

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 18:36

Had the first bumble about 3 weeks ago ( sorry Pansy ).  Drumming woodpeckers last week and yes, hundreds of b....y vine weevils in every pot, trough, etc.

Flies too.........nothing seems to have killed them off........sunbathing happily alongside the honey bees.

Help rejuvenating a water lily.

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:05

KT is quite right.  I've done this several times when the lillies have become too large and congested.

caster oil plant?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 09:05

Tea is an excellent plant food ( preferably without milk and sugar tho ! )

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