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Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:22

Lemon puffs for me - although I would happily eat any that have been mentioned so far. We don't normally keep biscuits at home but I'm about to go and stay with my mum for a couple of days (to celebrate her 90th!) and she's bound to be well stocked with biscuits and cake...

Nuclear option for weeds?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 09:20

I find that Pathclear keeps most weeds away for about 6 months with just a small amount of individual weeds still coming through which can be kept in check by spot weedkiller, flame weeder or hand weeding.

color changing flowers

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 18:45

Seems a bit weird but I suppose it's not that different from plants that bloom a different colour depending on the pH of the soil.

Septic Tank Drain Field

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 13:58

Be a little wary about talking to you local council. When we moved here I phoned ours for advice on the septic tank and the response was basically "Don't tell us that you have a septic tank or we will tell you that you must replace it with a sewage treatment plant"

Septic Tank Drain Field

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:43

It will definitely depend on the type of system - if it is some kind of digester then you would probably be ok but I;d have thought not if it just a septic tank. We replaced our ancient septic tank with a sewage treatment digester a few years back and supposedly the output is drinking quality water. We no longer have a drainage field as it can discharge into the ditch that runs beside the road. Can't say I've tried drinking it though...

No baby pepper seedlings emerging

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 17:56

Looking at my records for the last couple of years the chillies took about 12 days to appear so probably best to be patient for a bit longer!

Modern Art Alliums

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 10:47

I planted mine into the border where they grew leaves more or less straight away (in November). The leaves are now sprawled flat on the ground (although they still look healthy) but no sign of further spring growth. Some of the other alliums that were planted the year before have also just started to show (including Purple Sensation).

Hedging Options

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 18:26

Beech is deciduous but when grown as a hedge (i.e. regularly cut back) it keeps the brown leaves over the winter and they don't fall until the green leaves appear in the spring.

I don't think mixing them would work very well as they would need to be pruned at different times.

Indoor Jasmine

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 18:08

Jasmine officinale is deciduous and Jasmine polyanthum is evergreen so you should be able to tell which one it is from that.

I'm intrigued at the possibility of planting a Jasmine polyanthum outdoors though - I have one which is outgrowing its pot in my conservatory so would be good if it could be planted permanently outdoors. I do put it outside in the summer but had assumed it wouldn't survive being outside in the winter.

Rats in the compost

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 15:59

Try changing the poison you use. I started off using the Rentokil one and the rats absolutely loved it - so much so that they ate their way into the container and wolfed the lot while I was on holiday because I'd stopped topping up the bait station. I switched to using Roban and the rats were gone within a week.

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