philippa smith2

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Animal faeces in veg plot

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 18:25

If your main worry is about selling your property - the simple answer is "Don't worry".  There will rarely be a property on the market which doesn't contain some faeces in the garden - cat, dog, fox,badger, bird etc.  

It would obviously look better if none was laying blatantly on the surface of the soil - digging in is probably the best you can do.

Pets fed on "processed/commercial" food are probably the smelliest and most disgusting but most other animals deposits are quickly degraded and all part of the natural cycle.

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 18:13

Chrissy - yes it has infra red - I must admit I was beginning to wonder if I had lost the plot.

Thanks Bob - I've reset according to your advice so hoping this will do it.  Something is definitely popping in for a scoff so with any luck I'll catch it tonight.

Shame I don't work shifts.....then I'd be ok to sit in the garden all night and keep watch.

Thanks again 

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 16:50

Wonder if anyone can give some advice?

I finally purchased a Swann "Wild 1 Wildlife Camera" a few days ago but am not having much success with pics during the night.

Works wonderfully well during day light hours but for some reason isn't capturing any images at night.

I got the camera to be able to catch the Hhogs ( or WHY ) which have come to the feeding box more or less every evening this week - food disappears but no images.  No Hhog crap but no other craps either so a bit mystified.

As far as I know, I have followed instructions re settings, etc. but could be I'm missing something fairly basic ?

I haven't contacted the manufacturer yet - thought I'd try picking brains here first.

I'd be more than grateful if anyone can offer suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong.

Orange Tree - Leaves turning brown?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 15:50

Not sure where you are located but citrus can live outside in southern UK for 8 or 9 months of the year - all year if you can protect from the frost and keep them well drained. They don't tend to be ideal "house plants" and usually much happier outside.

If that sunny garden in your pic belongs to you, there must be a nice spot for her to sit out and improve her foliage and then go on from there perhaps ?

I used to grow several citrus but the only 2 I have now live outside in very large tubs and protected by fleece in winter.  My Lemon is now 25 years old and the Medica is 15 years old.  

They take a certain degree of frost and that is not really a problem with mature trees.  Yours is a different kettle of fish because she is still small - relatively speaking.

If you can get her outside for the summer, she should improve.  Hope so anyway

An advert worth looking at !!!

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 15:31

I used this last night and can confirm it does exactly what it says on the tin .

Last couple of days have been piggy - grey,rain and windy is brilliant.......sun, blue skies and mild enough for Slow Worms !!

Only a fiver - sufficient for 3 applications -thoroughly recommended for those still awaiting some decent weather. 

Buy it now !!!!

PS......Actually, it doesn't seem to have got the "stop wind" factor after all ( wind as in wind rather than the other impolite sort )

Orange Tree - Leaves turning brown?

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 15:08

The roots look healthy enough - did you tease them out a little before re potting ?

Does it live permanently in the position you used to take a picture ?  Needs all round light to grow properly.

If you can find a better position for it, you could prune the tops back to encourage a bushier growth.

Sorry to be so negative but it isn't a happy bunny at the moment.

Could you please ID...

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 18:35

Surely that's Vinca major isn't it ?  Flowers look exactly like mine - 5 lobed flowers, out now ?

Must confess I've never heard it described as "Hanging Vinca" but vinca does hang/ trail ---a bugger to get it growing upwards IME.

Solomon's Seal

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 17:30

Yes, you can see 2 shoots of SS pushing up

Solomon's Seal

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 17:29


Not sure until I press submit whether this pic ( taken this pm ) will be clear enough.

Solomon's Seal

Posted: 24/03/2017 at 14:52

Emerging SS's are fat solid beasts.  Should be easy to distinguish from Frits ( which usually emerge earlier IME - in fact my F's are already flowering whilst the SS - just a foot or so away is only just poking thru)

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