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The age old problem of cats !

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 07:39
Joe_the_Gardener wrote (see)

Who needs 10 cats?


Farm, mice, cats!


Help! What has eaten my dahlias?!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 22:09
lazy gardener wrote (see)
Leekie wrote (see)
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Even if slugs are the culprit the number of pellets is a bit OTT. 

Thanks for your useful post nutcutlet aka the slug pellet you can see slugs are not likely to be the problem!

Mmm-find that response as a bit rude -even if meant in jest-that number of slug pellets is absolutely ridiculous,unnecessary and not wildlife friendly

A bit of moderation would not go amiss-take that as you will


Pot calling the kettle black?

Help! What has eaten my dahlias?!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 22:06

Leekie, I'm in Wolfwil, between Olten and Langenthal on the river Aare. We used to live in Oberwil, Zug a few years ago, so know Zug quite well.

As far as the dahlias are concerned, next time you plant some it might be an idea to put some chicken wire underneath them, I reckon the roots would grow through the holes with no problem.

 Good luck with the rest of the dahlias!

Help! What has eaten my dahlias?!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 21:27

Hi Leekie, from the size of the hole I would be inclined to think mice or voles. It looks like they have pulled them down from underneath. Try putting a spade in about 6 inches from the hole and lift up the earth and see if there are bits of tuber down there and how far down the hole goes. it might be an idea to get a cat, if you haven't already got one, ours brings home voles regularly. Where abouts in Switzerland are you?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 16:50

The weather here is a four-letter word, take your pick! Removed the plastic bags that covered my  dahlias and the fleece from raised bed (they predicted frost last night but warmer today 6°) and what happened half an hour later, it hailed! Luckily only small pea sized:

The age old problem of cats !

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 16:20

Teabags soaked in diluted Jeyes Fluid work, cats hate the smell!

Talkback: Growing salad crops

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 05:22
Is this an advertising campaign?!
Hydroponic Wizard wrote (see)
Adam, Thanks for the input on the different types of lettece varitys that are avalible. I like to learn from other people instead of trial and error. I'm going to get some of these types of lettece and I will let you know how it grows. I'm growing in pots like you are but I use fabric pots along with a hydroponic water system. I found the system on So far this year with my new system I have had a much easier growing experience. This fabric pot system is making planting easy because it picks the plants off the ground and I hope it makes harvesting easier like harvesting potatos and carrots. O yea this system allows you to grow in whatever type of medium you want to use. What medium do you recomend for lettece. I can use soil, coco, perlite, or hydrotone.

Happy Growing,

Chase the Hydroponic Wizard


What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 17:07

Swore at whatever chomped on my tomato seedlings ; covered them with wirenetting and closed tomato house, covered raised bed with fleece, took tumbling toms, butternut and cucumber seedlings back inside, snow forecast for Friday!!!!!!!

small garden pond pump ?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 16:59

Hi Dazraz, google "solar pond pumps uk", there are too many suppliers to list here, but one of them is bound to have something suitable for you.


Posted: 20/05/2013 at 18:54

Have just been out to water, wind has dried out everything and had to tie up some plants which have been bent over. You're not the only one KEF, am fed up!



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