philippa smith2

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Goldfish and tadpoles

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 17:57

Vegan or vegetarian fish are probably hard to  come by. Why not make 2 ponds - 1 for fish and the other for the rest of the wildlife?

Old boundary fence becomes legal?

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 19:11


Hindsight is wonderful I know but the best bet would have been to put several stakes in the ground to mark the original boundary when erecting your new fence.

However, 8 years is nothing when you are talking abut someone having rights over disputed land.  The title deeds should show the proper boundary for both your property and that of your neighbour. 

Presumably your new neighbour took the boundary line as described by the seller - understandable but solicitor/surveyor should have been able to clarify without a problem.

Alternative to pot feet?

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 18:57

For something that size, easiest way is to make a timber support and fit with castors - not only off the ground but  you can then trundle it around if need be

Belriccio tomatoes

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 14:27

I've never tried grafted toms but if your crop makes up for the greater cost, it could certainly be a better bet in the circumstances you describe.

I suppose  the only way to get the best is to try all the grafted varieties - no idea how many - to suit your needs. Always interesting to compare types/varieties 

cape goosberry

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 14:12

I've always grown mine from seed and never had any problem but I don't think I've attempted to save and use seed from the previous year.

Never bought a plant but can only assume your original plant was an F1 perhaps ?

I don't have any of the original seeds left so can't suggest a name/supplier.  I think the seeds are pretty well freely available tho.

Belriccio tomatoes

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 18:54

Not come across that particular variety - I tend to grow Black Russian or Krim for beefsteak toms.  Yes, most beefsteak toms have a larger core but I've never found it a problem and have been able to use all of the fruit on the varieties I grow.

Not sure I see the point of grafted Toms when there are so many good varieties available from seed.

Mystery brassica pests.

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 18:33

Sprinkle with Vinegar or Salt ?

What a nice photo

Green cherry tomato

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 18:24

Pinkmagpie - you don't mention how many trusses you have per plant.  Generally in the UK, 5 or 6 trusses would be the maximum to allow most of the fruit to ripen naturally.

It has been rather a dire year for fruit/veg IME - some stuff has done really well, others are a washout but you do still have time for your toms to ripen.  Some varieties take far longer than others - my Sungold are doing well now but the Tumbler type are way behind.  My Black krims will take longer still.

If all else fails by October, it is possible to ripen off green toms indoors - not as good flavour wise but if you don't wish to be linked to the Devil, it can be done.

Removing flowers and fruit on specific dates is a new one one for me - depends on the weather and your overall conditions/site, etc.

BTW, you can actually use green toms other than in chutney

A new snake in the UK!!!

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 18:02

Just slipped in before BREXIT - snakes have more sense than politicians I suspect Lovely creatures.

Dispute with Neighbour

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 19:05

Well, that's a get out clause if I ever saw one

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Bird Murder

Unintentional but a word of warning ! 
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An advert worth looking at !!!

ROLL ON SUMMER - weather management 
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Freecycle sites

Giving stuff away for free ??  
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1st Slow worm of 2017 ?

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Neighbour discharging rainwater from roof on to my garden. 
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A Puzzle to help you over the winter

The Ultimate Alphabet 
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Blatant advertising

Lack of above lately 
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Hazel hurdles/panels

Using these as a fence 
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Native or Non Native ?

What actually constitutes a "native species" in the UK ? 
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The media

We won't show you this as it could be distressing !! 
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What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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