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Growing Pineaples

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 16:34

I've been successful with growing pineapple from a top but I planted mine in gritty compost and used bottom heat.  It grew and even produced it's own pineapple.

I would have thought suspending it in water will just result in rot.  The suspending in water is usually recommended for harder things like Avocado stones

Grape vine outside partially coverd

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 15:15

To get larger individual grapes, you would normally thin the bunches of fruit.  Perhaps you also have too many bunches on the vine itself ? 

Fertiliser would help the vine in general as part of your growing regime.

Check out some of the Pruning info too.......satisfy yourself that you are pruning correctly

update on Jeyes Fluid and cat probs

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:11

I really don't think it matters whether your neighbour is deliberately putting your children at risk or whether he is just fed up with your cats and has lost all sense of responsible behaviour.  Either way, you should contact your local police.......many have Community Support Officers these days who would be able to have a word or two with your neighbour.

I admit I had assumed the Bleach had been diluted but you say it was neat ?  Pouring water on the affected area would lessen the effect but you would need to do it immediately ( difficult if you are not around at the right time ).  Even then, it would still burn the top growth I imagine.  I don't know of any real solution but perhaps if you were to start a separate thread asking for solutions to accidental spillage of bleach on a lawn, someone may be able to advise you.

update on Jeyes Fluid and cat probs

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 10:37

I'm wondering why Sam's problem has escalated to such a degree ?

Poisoning pets is an offence but so is attempting to poison children I would have thought ?

Whilst some police forces may not always make great efforts to control the poisoning of domestic pets, I imagine they would take a dim view (nowadays at least )  of someone deliberately putting children at risk.

It would be more sensible to make a complaint to the relevant authorities if this problem is as serious as stated.

Guilty of overmanicuring gardens at the expense of wildlife?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 10:19 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.

Discussions started by philippa smith2

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Kindle e readers

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