Singing Gardener

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Something Damaging my Tomatoes

Posted: 14/08/2017 at 14:21

Mine were being eaten by blackbirds until I protected them with netting. It could well be mice though!

Solar Powered Water Feature

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 11:22

It seems a pity but I agree that arguing against the head office of a large organisation is probably fruitless. Perhaps your son can replace it with an electric one?

Solar Powered Water Feature

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 18:18

Strictly speaking, as the definition of stagnant is "not moving" then the water is stagnant when the solar powered pump is not working. But problems really only arise if the water is stagnant for long enough for things to breed in it. Perhaps you could discuss what problem they have with stagnant water and try to reach a compromise.

Solar Powered Water Feature

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 16:14

Does the electric one run all the time? If so then there would never be still water so that would prevent things like mosquito larvae or algae growing. I should think that your solar powered one would only run when it is getting daylight so sometimes the water is still. I'd be surprised if that was enough non-flowing time to cause problems though.

Heated propagator

Posted: 26/07/2017 at 12:18

I have a Stewart one which is several years old and works very well for me.

Can't get rid of Whitefly..... HELP!

Posted: 25/07/2017 at 09:50

In this month's GW magazine Monty says that he grows basil next to his tomatoes to deter whitefly. I hadn't heard this before but I also grow basil in my greenhouse and don't suffer greatly from whitefly.

Tomato Growpots, any good?

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 21:45

To be honest, I'm not sure. The Garden Innovations ones look like the ones that don't clog up but they say they have the "latest watering spike technology" so they might have been updated since I bought them. The ones I have which clogged up are described as Plant Halos (google this and you'll find them) and have cane support holes.

Evergreen 4 in 1 - Black Grass

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 15:33

OH was reading out an article about the Wimbledon groundsman this lunchtime. It's an amazing scientific enterprise with constant testing and adjusting and still the players complain every year!

The head groundsman was saying that he woke up one morning a couple of weeks ago thinking that all the baselines had worn out before the tournament had even started and it took him a while to realise that it was only a bad dream.


Posted: 10/07/2017 at 15:28

Nematodes work quite well in the garden to shift them and they don't kill them (no use in the house, of course!). Like nut and Pete I just leave mine, not least because I have green woodpeckers which come to eat them. Sometimes I think that my garden is just one large ants' nest!

Vegetable cages

Posted: 08/07/2017 at 11:50

I use barrier protection for nearly all my vegetables and have a combination of expensive cages (from Harrod Horticultural), tunnels and more recently have added some pop-up domes and cloches which are much cheaper and are great for temporary protection but not as windproof or stable as the cages. They're really easy to move around though which is handy for some things.

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