Singing Gardener

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Completely had enough of cats now!

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 12:53

The water scarecrow my daughter uses is made by Pestbye and is available on Amazon. We only chose that one because it was the cheapest though so others may be better.

Completely had enough of cats now!

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 09:58

If your garden is fairly small then you could try a water scarecrow to keep cats away. My daughter was having terrible cat mess problems before she installed one. Within a couple of hours of putting it in the cats had got wise to its existence and now they walk along the boundary walls but never come into the garden. The only downside is making sure the humans remember it's on before they venture out!

I'm not sure if it would work for foxes though.

Help help ants take overth path bla

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 15:18

Ant nematodes work well in my experience. They don't kill the ants but they make them move elsewhere.

Deer eating roses?

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 18:17

We got ours from Ebay but I think they're quite widely sold. If you google "Deer deterrent" it will be one of the shopping links. Don't know if this link will work: 

Deer eating roses?

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 18:03

We had this problem a week ago and accidentally repaired our fence with the muntjak deer inside. Whoops! It's now outside but in the meantime we ordered a deer deterrent device. It has a movement sensor and turns on a light and plays the radio when it senses movement. It gets good reviews but I can't yet tell you from personal experience whether it works as we haven't installed ours yet.

Help please - Cannot cope with heavy clay soil

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 18:25

Raised beds sound like a good way to go. If you are inventive then you don't have to have straight edges. In a previous garden I constructed a bed using a low brick wall with loose laid bricks (no mortar) so very easy to do. Or for something a bit more formal, there's a company that do small wood blocks fitted together which also can do angles and curves (I think the name might be woodblox(?)). They are expensive though.

Tomato Growpots, any good?

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 15:31

I have two different makes of these and one of them does seem to clog up really easily so I don't use them any more. I don't think they make much difference to the quality of the tomatoes but they do make watering easy.

Plant ID

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 15:29

I get a lot of this around the edges of my garden but quite like it so leave them for the butterflies. The orange tip butterflies need quite a few plants as the eggs are laid singly because the caterpillars are cannibalistic.

Growing on melons and water melons in greenhouse

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 15:25

Ah, that's interesting. I've never done that either but perhaps would get more/better fruit if I did.

Growing on melons and water melons in greenhouse

Posted: 12/05/2017 at 10:01

Knee Deep - is removing male flowers for water melons (I don't know about these)? You certainly shouldn't do it for melons as they need to be pollinated. A lot of advice tells you to hand pollinate them with a paint brush but I don't do this and still get melons.

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Just hoed up my green manure seedlings!

I'm so stupid.... 
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ID please

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Turtle Doves

Never seen these before 
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Is this a mole tunnel?

Fresh excavations between lawn and paving 
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Vegetables growing really slowly

Not enough nutrients in the topsoil? 
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I'm so envious of you all!

One day my vegetable garden will be ready.... 
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Identification Help Please

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Can I eat chervil roots?

Surprise from digging up my salad leaves! 
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ID and help please

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BBQ Fodder?

This morning's visitors to my garden 
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Oenothera Siskiyou Pink

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Ants in house plants

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