Latest posts by sterelitza


Posted: 25/04/2013 at 19:16
It smells better than cats stinky poo Maud! One of my neighbours leaves the cat out when she goes to work and the b.. thing wanders into my garden to do its business. It then goes around to annoy other gardeners. I see it wandering around and then when its owner comes home it goes back in. Its very annoying. I have had some success with high pitched sonic thingy but that stops the blackbirds so I am not keen to use it. Jeyes fluid soaked on tea bags and lavender oil. What a mix of smells but it seems to annoy the cat.

Just saying hi and introducing myself :-)

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 14:33
Hi Veggiepatch, you have chosen a great way to de-stress. Gardening is therapeutic and can also keep you fit, never mind the odd ache after digging etc. Most of the people I know who have taken up gardening have retired but many like yourself still working and particularly in an office find they need to get out and get some fresh air. Oh, I should mention the benefits of growing your own food and flowers etc.. and war against pests. You get them in the garden as well as in the office!!! Good luck and enjoy the forums.

nesting blackbird

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 22:41
What a lovely picture Aliesh, you must be so proud to have these blackbirds nest in your shed. I saw a pair on my lawn yesterday morning, the female was chasing off the male blackbird, just like she was saying.. get away I am having my breakfast. So cute.

When will I learn?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 08:04
You lucky thing nutcutlet, I dont seem to have the same success!! I have sown sweet pea seeds about 3 weeks ago in especially purchased seed compost in the hope of success, but nothing. Where have they gone, or how long do they take to germinate. I have sown them outside in a sunny sheltered position and covered the top of the pots with dome shaped recycled plastic lids to provide warmth.

Talkback: Bees and pesticides

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 07:40
Pleased to say I saw several in the garden yesterday buzzing around and looking for somewhere to nest. Also like to add 'obelixx' you are an inspiration to us all. I do worry about the use of pesticides in particular for the next generation. I was brought up on a farm during the time when pesticides etc were little used and good old farm manure was spread to make things grow. Not sure what was used to get rid of pests, perhaps we were more tolerant then and allowed a few pests to have their share. I believe in using a mix of soap and water to spray on many pests. I also use beer to get rid of slugs. There are many non harmful methods and a pity commercial growers could not find more ways of using these.

solar power

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 08:50
"can you charge up your solar powered lights from inside the house with the panel pressed up against the window to catch the suns rays, or am i wasting my time doing it this way"

Hi Alan, You don't say what kind of solar lights you want to charge up. I have a set of small lights which you can thread around branches etc. I have them in my glass porch and place the solar panel on the window sill which faces south. Amazingly these lights work very well in winter and summer although it does vary with the strength of the light. I use them as a deterent against unwanted intruders and also for my pleasure. They look pretty and decorative. I also have some threaded through bay trees that have been shaped into large round balls on my patio, they look great all the year round and are sometimes still sparkling at dawn. Good luck, have a go and see if it works.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 21:49
Gargengirl, please post pictures of your agapanthus in their raised bed. I have tried to grow these lovely plants in the border but they don't seem to like it. Perhaps a raised bed is the answer.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 21:49
Gardengirl, I am amazed at the size of the roots on your plants. How deep will they have to be planted. You have been really busy chopping them up.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 21:37

Hi, I just thought I would have a look at this thread and see whats going on... and then I read something about gardening by the moon and some Egyptian making bread... I thought I left that behind on another forum thread.  Guess not then.  It must be the fact we are all waiting for the weather to settle down and become more like the Spring we have missed.

Gardening by the moon?!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 17:54

Thanks Brumball.  Age is no excuse for being dim though.... By the way, Sterelitza is a flower that I have grown in the conservatory as its too cold in our Northern climate to grow them outdoors.  I was told I would be unable to grow them from seed in a cold conservatory but I did and I am proud of it.  I dont know if the phase of the moon had anything to do with it.

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