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Latest posts by scroggin

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 10:16

If as you have said you cannot make a cat do its business in a specific place, is it then reasonable to keep cats in residential areas where they will be a menace to other people. I dont see why its my responsibility to protect my garden from a "domesticated" animal, its your responsibility to limit the chances of your cat being a nuisance. If there was a cheap effective way of detering cats we would all be using it!


stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:54

Totally agree with Clarington, going by the amount of cat poo I find in our garden and allotment it would appear that a significant percentage of cat owners think its fine for their pets to defecate anywhere they like.

Personally if I could identify the individual cats to their owners I would post it back to them! Like Clarington says train your cat to use the litter tray.

Dog owners are expected to pick up after their animals, and if they dont then they are subject to fines. I know this is'nt always easy to enforce but at least there is an expectation that they take responsibility for their animals.


How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:14

The way things are going if the s...s hurt themselves while stealing your property they would sue you and win!!!



Posted: 15/03/2014 at 08:02

Does sound like they are being light depleted. I know a couple of years ago I grew some carrots, lettuce etc under a fleece blanket on one of my raised beds, the top growth was far greater than normal, probably a combination of the heat and diffused light.



Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 20:22

Totally agree with Flora Dog, I use PVC piping for all the frameworks on the allotment, I can span my brassicas with it to drape netting to keep out birds and butterflies. I span it over my raised beds and then cover with enviromesh to keep out the bugs, works great.

How do I deter/ catch thieves from my allotment

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 20:15

Our allotments recently suffered a similar fate when thieves stole power tools from peoples sheds. I am not sure how you can deter the lower ranks of society, if they cover there faces I am not sure how much help CCTV would be.

We have residents that overlook the allotments but the thefts took place overnight.I am lucky in that I only live 100 yds away so dont store any tools on the allotment.

Maybe you could alarm your shed, there are battery powered systems on the market, if the allotments are close to residence then it might put off the casual thieve.

Does your allotment society have insurance, at least it would cover the cost of repairing the damage and replacing tools.

gardeners world presenters

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 08:42

As much as I would love to see a more instructional type format I feel in these days of instant information access we will not see the TV channels producing such programmes.

I grew up learning from my dad and later other allotmenteers, I still learn new things every year from a number of sources of which lately this has been one.

My partners love of flowers has meant she has sparked my interest in floral gardening and slowly I am learning my way here.

I have to say I enjoy GW, I cannot add  to whether Monty is a "fraud" or not as I dont know him or any of the presenters personally. The format appeals to a broad church and though not perfect it is a must watch in our household.

My ideal team would have been, Geoff Hamilton, Peter Seabrook, Pippa Greenwood and Anne Swithinbank.




Excessive cost of seeds

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 19:54

While I have to agree the price of seed from some companies does seem excessive, it has been pointed out that they do a lot of R&D to bring us better strains and stronger plants. I have my favourites but I like to try new varieties too.

There are a number of ways of getting your seeds a bit cheaper, T&M are often discounting and I bought some seed from them when they were doing a limited half price offering on a large range of veg seed.

Lidl do a large range of seed at very reasonable prices as do Wilko, if you join an allotment society its possible to do lots of plant swaps so that keeps the costs down too.

As KT53 said if you dont want to pay £3 plus for a packet of seed there is no need to.

Runner beans

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 17:41

You need to judge when you're last frost will be, its always best to be on the safe side and sow later rather than earlier. I like many on here start them in pots in a cold greenhouse or coldframe around early May and plant out late May/early June.

They are thirsty plants and I always dig a trench and fill it with well rotted manure(in fact I have done that today to give the soil chance to settle before planting). You need something to help retain the moisture to get a good crop.

One thing to watch out for is the seeds are a favourite of mice so you need to give them some protection until they are germinated, generally the plants themselves arent a target.


Monty don new presenter for Chelsea

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:20

Its the cost of appealing to a wider audience, it happens all over the BBC when they bring in presenters to attract a different demographic, i.e Richard Hammond from Top Gear presenting a wildlife series.

It will only change if viewing figures are seen to be dropping but most of us will still watch as gardening programmes are so scarce.

I agree that Geoff Hamilton was a fantastic presenter of Gardeners World but I have warmed to Monty, on his first stint on Gardeners World I really was'nt a fan but since his return I think his approach his very informative.

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