Rosemary Smith2

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Posted: 17/12/2014 at 15:53

For years we have put up with this problem and used everything we could to deter cats and there are so many believe me. Then last January my husband bought a water scarecrow. BLISS. After a few days  no sign of cats and we have a big garden. He placed it first so that when a cat appeared on my neighbours shed ready to jump down into our garden the scarer clicked and shot a burst of water couldn't see the cat for dust. Now when cats hear a click they bolt for it. It cost £43 but is strongly made and originated in Canada where it is used to scare elk and other pesky creatures from gardens. I would hasten to add too that we have had no problem with elk either !!!!! This may have something to do with living in Devon. There is just one problem husband and I often forget that the cat scarer is on and the times I've heard  B......... From the garden  and my husband coming in drenched. (good fun ).   I agree that this product is expensive but it has given us so much amusement seeing cats getting caught for the first time. They don't bother again..they hate water.

Grape growing

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:34

can anyone tell me if my Muscat Hamburg grapes should have turned black by now. I have them in a cold greenhouse and they are growing under a polycarbonate roof. will this make a difference ?  They are very healthy ,they have lots of warmth and they are very sweet tasting already, but only show the slightest signs of turning colour.I live in Devon and I thought they were early Summer grapes..can anyone advise please ?


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:17

I have some lovely grapes on my Muscat Hamburg vine. it is in a cold greenhouse and very healthy but I wonder why the grapes have not turned black yet. They are growing under a polycarbonate roof and I  wonder if this is why they are staying green ? They are thin skinned and I tries one or two and they are very sweet.  Will they need sun thro'glass to turn black or am I just wanting to rush them on ? I would be so pleased to get an answer to this.

Wormeries and worm wee

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:52

I have gallons of worm wee to use but a bit worried as I have read so many negative things about this on the !?   I know you dilute it 10 to 1 but still not sure about using it.

Also the tiger worms etc used for compost bins live in decaying matter, so what happens when you put the compost on the garden soil when practically decayed. Do the worms die ? I'd like to think they wriggled back home to the bin but  I am not sure how much common sense worms are blessed with. 

Clematis id needed

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:43

if the first one is pink it looks similar to my Hagley Hybrid and the blue H F Young. There are so many now I may well be wrong

Cats causing problems

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 15:50

We had cats in our garden doing what they shouldn't. we tried everything but in January my better half bought me a Canadian made cat scarecrow. it is just the best thing for eliminating cats. It connects to your hose and covers a wide area of garden.When a cat appeared on my neighbours shed the machine clicked and sent a volley of water at it. It stopped coming in our garden that way. You can move the cat scarecrow to any position and it covers the front and side areas. IT is worked by battery lasting 3months or so.It is well made and you buy it off the internet. It costs £45 but I had it as a gift. you can see it working on U tube. They are made to deter moose and raccoons and I must say since we have had it we have not been troubled by either. We live in Devon!!!!!   Seriously, my husband and I have got drenched by forgetting the machine is on but it really works..cats hate being drenched by water?!  Try it it is great fun to see it working.  Very satisfying.

Quality of bought potting compost

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 20:51

Humax manure and Levingtons with John Innes and yes I was surprised...I used to rate Levingtons.

Quality of bought potting compost

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 16:30

I have had terrible results from bags of soiless compost this year.I am over 70 and have gardened "forever". I have always bought the above for best results but not for the past three years.I found my greenhouse and garden is covered in pernicious oxalis know those sweet little purple clumps with tiny yellow flowers!!They are covering my very large garden...containers, everything has them.They may look tiny but the roots underneath when we dug them up after the compost was put in last Autumn were a thick mass of over 8 the greenhouse. I could not believe it. I contacted the company involved about lack of plant growth and these weeds. Well weed seeds do blow in sometimes  and the odd batch may not be right. I was sent £6 worth of vouchers I did not want. I thought weed seeds were sterilised out of compost...the compost I bought was fresh in the garden centre. I could not even get seed trays of peas growing and I never have trouble with peas....or young plants that should shoot away. I also had a manure that caused these seedlings of Oxalis too and the manufacturer told me that yes they do find these plants and pull them out before it is bagged up.  He sent me £20 "to go out for lunch"!!!!!!!!!?  Perhaps I ought to take up another hobby..hang gliding perhaps....any comments welcome.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 17:10
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Grape growing

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Wormeries and worm wee

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Quality of bought potting compost

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