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Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:49

I do not believe that many gardeners wish to kill or harm other living creatures, but gardens, ornamental or fruit and veg, are essentially a banquet for bugs, slugs and the like and there have to be some compromises. It is not a natural environment and natural controls may not be enough at some times.

But I do believe that there is also some hypocrisy here -  few people have a problem about disposing with nits, rats, cockroaches, death watch beetles, wood worm and countless bacteria and viruses, not to mention bluebottles, mosquitoes, rabbits, feral pigeons and so on. They are all living things, competing with us for their survival and often losing because we are better equipped to preserve our health and wealth. Gardens are more than just pretty, but even if they were not, I cannot see why it is worse to kill a mole than any of those other creatures.


Posted: 21/06/2015 at 10:01

Well, if you don't know that livestock can put their feet into holes and hidden runs and do themselves real damage, you clearly haven't given the problem much thought. Pasture is often rough and never 'blemish free'  but the health and well-being of livestock and walkers should come before the uncontrolled spread of pests.


Posted: 19/06/2015 at 22:23

Get in a professional! Moles are not rare or endangered, they are note cute and they are of no use to any living thing. If you are too sensitive to face the little corpses, pay the man and go away while he does the business. You will never regret it.

Geraniums & dahlias

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 10:37

When you water them, try not to get the flowers very wet, especially in bright sunlight.

Help with ID

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:13

Could it be love in a mist?

Oriental poppy problem

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 21:41

I am sorry - that is new to me. I hope they recover, they were obviously growing well before.

Oriental poppy problem

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 20:57

I have never seen anything like that on poppy stems and I have grown them in relatively wet and dry ground. Are there any plants or supports or barriers that could be damaging the stems when they move in the wind? Could children have caused a problem? A picture might help, but it foes sound more like physical damage than growing conditions.

Pruning Conifer Hedge

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 07:38

I agree. You shouldn't really be cutting any nesting sites back yet.

Stabilising a clay bank 2

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 22:07

We have a bank next to farmland, though not as long or steep as yours. When we moved in it was densely overgrown with bramble, native honeysuckle and wild roses. It took time and effort to tame it but the effect, now, of flowers and fruit is delightful. It looks natural as a barrier to grazing land, wildlife loves it and the soil hasn't moved an inch.


Posted: 23/05/2015 at 21:45

Rugosa seeds germinated for me. I potted them up and put them in a cold frame over winter. Now I have five bushes, flowering for their second year. Lovely!

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