Singing Gardener

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Plant water sprays and Gardeners World

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 16:14

My husband washes out the sprayers from the shower cleaner that we use and they seem to work well. They don't last long but we have a regular supply so that doesn't matter.

Pest control

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 10:42

I think these must be spreading rapidly. I noticed them in my garden in Essex for the first time a couple of years ago. My mum has them for the first time this year in Cambridge and my daughter, in South London, has hundreds of them and spends hours picking them off and crushing them.


Posted: 15/06/2017 at 17:24

There are ultrasonic deterrers available but I have no idea how well they work. There is also a spray on deterrent made by Grazers but I haven't found it very effective.


Posted: 15/06/2017 at 11:33

If you can't fence your boundary then would it be possible to put fences around individual areas (e.g. if you grow vegetables then around your vegetable plot)? I have circles of weld mesh around some individual plants to protect them against rabbits and you can also buy some quite pretty rabbit cloches but they are horrendously expensive!

Red ants everywhere

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 14:29

I've found that nematodes work well. They don't kill the ants apparently but persuade them to relocate.

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.

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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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Weed ID please

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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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