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Is this a mole tunnel?

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:51

Thanks - that's what I feared! I've ordered some sonic mole repellers, which get very variable reviews but are probably worth a try. Hopefully the heavy, compacted clay under the rest of my grass will prove a deterrent.....

Is this a mole tunnel?

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:16

These excavations appeared yesterday. I filled them back in an tamped the earth down but it's back again today. I think it must be caused by a mole - I've never had them before and haven't seen any evidence of them locally so I'm not sure. If it is a mole then any tips to persuade it to leave?



Talkback: How to grow Swiss chard

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 10:26

We had swiss chard for the first time ever the other day. OH chopped it up and stir fried in butter and olive oil with garlic, green peppercorns, lemon and a drop of sherry. Very good it tasted too - and it looks pretty both in the garden and on the plate. I haven't grown it before but will definitely grow it again next year.

Stinging nettles in a pot

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:11

I think maybe butterflies go for large areas of nettles. I have quite a sizeable nettle patch in one corner of the garden and usually get plenty of caterpillars there. I also have odd nettles that manage to grow in other places when my back is turned but they don't ever seem to have caterpillars.

Cabbage White Netting

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 15:07

The first time I used netting which was sold as butterfly netting the butterflies were able to squeeze through the holes (I watched them do it so I know that's how they were getting in). I now use a smaller mesh which mostly works ok although I've seen butterflies laying eggs on leaves that are touching the netting so my cages probably aren't big enough.

Anyone used woodblocx

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 12:05

I have my eye on these as well to put in a raised water feature as an earth retainer at the bottom of my sloping vegetable plot. Would love to hear from anyone who's used them before.

Pole for washing line

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 13:19

For the last 19 years we've used a homemade prop to keep our laundry off the ground - just a piece of wood with a notch in the top and pointy at the bottom. However, we've just replaced this with an extending prop which we bought for about £3 in the market in Diss when we were visiting recently and this is proving really useful.

I have to stop feeding the birds in my garden

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 14:07

Is there any way you could move the feeders to make them more inaccessible to rats? I have mine on a pole with a squirrel baffle and the rats can't climb up it. Having said that I did have a pair of rats who came regularly to eat the bits that fell on the ground in the spring. I put poison down which get rid of them but, if you want to try that, make sure that you put the poison where it can't be reached by the birds or by any pets or other wildlife.

Melons and cucumbers

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 19:25

I have exactly the same problem. In fact all the flowers on the melon plants seem to be male so I don't see how I'll ever get any fruit!

Ulrasonic pest scarer

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 10:27

That's a shame - I was considering one of these as well. Although if they'd stick to just cutting the grass I wouldn't mind.


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I'm so envious of you all!

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