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Eating paper?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 16:56

We have an indoor pest that eats paper! Our free flying love bird Poppy loves it and perforates the edges of everything - calendars, books, cheques and even a five pound note.

He has also suddenly discovered he loves the leaf of our streptocarpus and eagerly devours it. It's the only plant he touches and on separate occasions has pulled off the  flowers and eaten a complete leaf!

Toms flowering

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 18:06

My instincts are to leave the flower on. Good joke by Welsh Onion but I would consider  the flower indicates health rather than the opposite.

Can someone identify this awful growth in my garden please?

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 18:47


The link is  to a most fantastic fun video of horsetail spores dancing!

Can someone identify this awful growth in my garden please?

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 18:28

I have never used  Kurtail but isn't it a defoliant rather than a root killer? I would use glyphosate myself. 

What a super picture of the spore production machinery! Wish I had one like it when I blogged about this weed last year!

Be honest now

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 21:56

What I hate about how people use slug pellets is that they apply huge amounts and their beds are a blue mulch. One or two  pellets per square meter is enough  - they are a bait!

Still not perfect for safety but infinitely better than common practice!

Talkback: How to increase tomato yields

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 17:31

Commercial growers get fantastic tomato yields but they don't taste so good. Concentrate on quality

My tips would be make sure that you have good light with clean glass and you give excellent ventilation

daffodil bulbs

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:55

On certain soils it might be better to lift certain ones such as tulips although on my own sandy soil I leave all bulbs in situ to naturalise and indeed my hyacinths and tulips are coming into flower now, some after ten years in the ground.

You MUST nanessa let them die down naturally with full light and if in pots sufficient watering  to build up strength for future years

I am not a great fan of lifting and letting them die down elsewhere but if you must use the space for something else then it is possible but will give very inferior results

Mind your own business

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 16:11

My partner, Brenda has just received a mothers day pot plant feature that includes helxine. (Sorry I don't use new names).

I won't be putting it in my garden although I would expect my glyphosate to control it.

My neighbour next door has it covering some crazy paving, it looks quite nice.

I have a very peculiar objection to it. It gives me a headache! I must have  worked with it for a client in the past and I must have a sensitivity to it. I just need to think about it and I get a twinge. Psychosomatic I call it. Others think me crazy.

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 17:17

On the subject of leaving things in the car...

A friend kindly transported a six foot high spare cane begonia to a lady for her new conservatory. They found the only night of the winter cold enough for frost to penetrate when they failed to remove it from their car. We did not have the heart to tell them it was dead within a couple of days

They are not gardeners so will not read this….

Biodynamic Gardening

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 16:06

It's great how gardeners get so much pleasure and success with such wildly different methods. Even the lunatics!

I am with Hostafun, no dig is the best for clay!

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