Latest posts by Scubydoo

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Feline Invaders.....AKA Cats

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 11:23

My garden is used as a  toilet by about three local cats, because a lot of neighbours have dogs. Its also strange that cats never seem to dump in their own gardens! My next door neighbours cat is a regular! Lovely if your not being as attentive as you should when weeding!  Short of buying a Jack Russell any tips would be appreciated. The water filled bottle thing just doesnt work. They lie against it when it gets cooler in the evening! Graeme - that bird has just been over my place and done exactly the same thing. Maybe we could have it arrested for causing criminal damage?

Wot no carrots?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 11:13

I've never had success with carrots. However, a few months ago, a friend had some young plants left over and gave them to me. I planted them up in  potato sacks, and watched as they slowly grew into lovely verdant leafy tops. A couple just started to flower, so I thought its time to start eating fresh lovely carrots! I pulled a couple, and underneath - nothing!  Just a normal plant root. Healthy enough plant root - but definitely not a carrot! So, before I start again, because, as it was going 'so well', now I' ve bought seed, what did I do wrong? I planted in potato sacks in compost mixed with sharp sand with added vitax fertiliser. Watered as normal and added a bit of pelleted manureas they grew.

Bay Tree identification

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 19:02

I've just crushed one and it smells very bay leaf to me. I think your right, its possible they've used a systemic insecticide and it needs time to work itself through.

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:34

In my early gardening years, I decided a small tree would be nice just adjacent to the conservatory. I went to a renowned garden centre several miles away to make sure  I got the right thing. The label said small tree , slow grower to about 14 ft. I thought perfect, a White Poplar ! I thought poplars were great big things, but there it was in black and white - 14ft. About three years later, when it got to about 25 ft, I decided to look it up in the RHS Encyclopaedia. There it was - grows to over 100 ft. Out with the axe !!!

Bay Tree identification

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 18:23

Bought it from Aldi !!  Standard bay tree  £9.99. I only got it because it said L. Nobilis on the label. Didn't read the small print though !

Bay Tree identification

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:46

I bought a bay tree the other day, Laurus Nobilis. The intention is to have my own supply of bay leaves for cooking. On reading the label however, at the bottom it says ornamental only, not for consumption. Now I know that L. Nobilis is the culinary variety, so is it just a backside covering job, just in case they got it wrong? How can you tell if its the right plant?

Changing hydrangea????

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 23:08

Hydrangea colour changes with the acidity of the soil. I've even seen a large example which was half blue and half pink. I think this was due to the neighbours dumping loads of fresh (differing acidity) topsoil right upto the fence, whereas the existing garden-side roots were in a diifferent environment!

Fuschia problem

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:49

If they are potted and you 've potted them on to a bigger pot, the pot must only be the next size up. Putting them straight into a large pot will result in luxuriant green foliage and no or few .flowers

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:05

I've held off posting this until I've used quite a bit of it, but I've tried Homebase Plus with fair results. Its a little on the dry side and very compact, but crumbles easily in the hand. Its a touch on the woody side, so not suitable for seedlings, but for general potting up purposes, I've found it great. I've used 3 x 120litre bags of it this summer and its been consistent - and doesnt smell like a sewage farm! As long it remains as consistent, I think I'll stick with it. After all - if it aint broke, why fix it? I do add a little perlite or sharp sand - depending on the plant - from time to time as required, but I've used it on its own and it drains well and hasnt given me any problems. Thats all you need I suppose!


Standard Fuscia problem

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 23:48

The stem looks to be tight up to the support post. Are you sure it hasnt been rubbing against it in the wind?

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Bad year for Impatiens?

I've had a less then busy year with busy lizzies 
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Anybody had experience of water drippers for hanging baskets?

Dripper system not dripping far enough!! 
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Wot no carrots?

No carrots under verdant foliage 
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Bay Tree identification

How do I tell if my bay is edible? 
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