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Homemade bug sprays

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 13:38

I do not use chemicals from shops, just washing up liquid in spray bottle with water for greenfly and like others have wildlife in my garden, the rest takes care of itself, pick off anything that is big enough.


Posted: 07/04/2014 at 13:16

I bought 3 blueberries and 10 raspberry canes and got free 50 butterfly gladioli bulbs in February.  They always have offers.


Best April Fool Gags

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 18:08

When I was sixteen, a long time ago, my cousin knew I fancied the butchers apprentice so he sent me for an elephant steak for his dog.  What a fool, god rest him he always got me.

My rose

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 18:06

I have grown rose bushes from cuttings put in the ground with sharp sand at the base of the stems, looks like you have an easier way of rooting a rose, just pot it up in compost and see what happens.  My rose bush was very over grown and not very stable in the ground but I loved it and wanted to keep it so hence the cutting, ended up with six rose bushes out of eight so not bad for a beginner in rooting rose shoots.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:15

I buy B & Q own grow bags, never had a problem with it, use it for my seeds and tomato and cucumber plants.  I do my own compost which I spread on my borders and veg patch, gives them a good feed every year.  I have never bought the branded compost as B & Q just as good.

Where will I put them all?

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 18:05

I have always bought from J Parkers and have never had any problems, have just bought blueberries and raspberry canes and plants, one blueberry plant arrived yesterday and in perfect condition.  Depends on the individual as to what problems they have had, but I will continue to buy from them!!.


When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 18:24

I find slugs in my rabbit dish every evening, he does not eat the food then as he is put in the shed every night, trouble is have to waste food as I do not want him to eat it after they have been in the dish, they are driving me nuts.


Cats in Gardens

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 18:16

I love cats, but hate them messing in my garden and scratching up my veg seeds in my veg plot, I put netting over my veg seeds to stop them doing it, what did I get, they pooped all over the netting, probably telling me off as they could not scratch.  We have so many cats around where I live and they all seem to want to poo in my garden, over my front and back lawns, they just squat their backside over my plants even the prickly ones, they do not seem to care where they do it and the stench is bad makes me feel sick and you have that stench up your nose for hours.  I have used everything the shops sell, teabags with olbas oil, pepper, orange peel, chilli pepper was my last resort last summer, was okay until it rains, garden is probably full of cat poo by now, or hopefully the rain keeps them away.  We need some good ideas that work.  Saw on Alan Titchmarsh this afternoon 30.01.2014 that they do deterrents that spurt a shot of water, but why should we have to pay for someone elses cat messing every where.

My neighbour has a black cat that sits under his ivy hedge waiting for the birds at his feeder, lost count of the birds that it has on a daily basis when the weather is dry, he has even cut the hedge up so the birds can see it.

Talkback: New year gardening resolutions

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 19:25
To finally get my pond, decking and garden arbour seat put together in the back garden. Take out hedge in front garden and put picket fencing up. When I get the time, roll on spring!!

New to gardening and no idea where to start

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 18:19

I had to start mine 13yrs ago, still not finished as it takes time and money.  I used the library and internet for inspiration.  I also sat in my garden and just looked to see what I could do with it, as I have four different sections.  You can get a lot out of just sitting and trying to imagine what you want and what would look great where.  To save money buy seeds from Ebay and try and grow your own,  take cutting from friends and family's plants.  Good luck with what you are going to do, but the main thing is look at it as a joy of something to come, not as a chore.  I never liked gardening before I did mine, now cannot get enough, helps with stress and you can watch it develop as you go, do not be in a hurry.

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