Latest posts by steephill

Help needed!

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 13:55

The weather widget gives me info for a coastal city 25 miles away so isn't terribly useful. Perhaps a more accurate location system would help but I suspect that tailoring the forecast for gardening would be more useful e.g. frost warnings.

I often use a small tablet to view the site and it can be awkward to navigate pages on a thread as both top and bottom buttons are very close to the reply buttons. 

I have an issue with an ever spinning circle (refresh) on the browser header - only with this site. It seems that an element of the web page is failing to load properly. Samsung Galaxy Tab and Google Chrome browser, no adblocker in use.

How to keep wood pigeons of my veg patch

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:16

Get a gun! You need to cover the plants to keep pigeons off so either netting or fleece will be required. If the area to be covered is large then look for agricultural suppliers rather than garden centres to buy from. Imagine the cost of food if farmers had to pay garden centre prices .

Fruit bushes with bindweed treated with glyphosate

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:12

Confession time for your husband first - if he has sprayed the bindweed it is likely to have gotten on to the currant bushes too. If so then it is all over for them.

Is this Oleander?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 12:08

You would need to eat the leaves to suffer poisoning. As this is true of a wide range of plants the usual training regarding not eating anything in the garden would apply. Oleanders have a wide range where many millions of people live but there are few reported deaths. Wikipedia mentions that there are only three confirmed deaths in the US, where it seems the victims were active in their own demise.

Not sure you can train cats not to eat it but I assume that if they haven't done so already they know to avoid it. Seems to be very toxic to horses though.

Fencing Height Restrictions?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 10:42

Fence heights are a local planning matter so check with your local council planning dept. Generally 2 metres is regarded as standard.

woodlice eating my flowers

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 10:41

Woodlice quite happily eat fresh strawberries not just rotten ones. Many times I have picked what looks like a perfect fruit only to have the little sods drop out of a neat hole they have excavated overnight.

poorly aquilegia

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:48

Same problem here too, not far from chicky. I wondered why such bullet proof plants were suffering and now I know.

ripening strawberrys

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:44

They will ripen fully by themselves in a few days now, just check every day and try to resist eating them before they are fully ripe.

Neighbour's roots lifting my driveway?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 11:02

All species of tree can be covered by a TPO, there are very, very few exceptions such as a working commercial orchard. A TPO  can be applied to individual trees, groups of trees, an entire area or a woodland. So it is quite easy to cover all the garden trees in a village with a single TPO.

This is why no tree surgeon will touch a tree unless you can prove that it is legal to do so. There is no need to remove a TPO in order to work on it, you just need to get permission first. Most tree surgeons will help with making the application to work on a tree.

If a tree is under threat then an emergency TPO can be granted within a day. So beware of trying to take pre-emptive action. Your neighbours may not share your enthusiasm for tree destruction and report the matter to the Council. So the only sensible way forward is a civilised discussion with the tree owner, probably offering to pay for the work, the get a qualified tree professional in to help get permission and do the work.

Multi-bum stawberries

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 17:13

It doesn't look like cat-facing or a pollination problem. I have had examples of that problem over the years and that distortion looks quite different. My funny strawberries don't have any pinched areas, they are fully pollinated, plump, tender and delicious.

Having done a bit more research it looks like this is an example of fasciation - . This seems to be caused by cold dry conditions in the Autumn which is a reasonable explanation as I keep them in a cold greenhouse which doesn't see any Sun from October onwards. I also tend to keep the greenhouse dry after the growing season is over. I initially suspected virus problems because I have let these propagate for at least the last 15 years.


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