Latest posts by Teenrbee

Problem Solving

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 19:01

Agree Jo47, a dog's breed instinct will always out, although i didn't think mine were bred to run around with pants or socks in their mouths!

Problem Solving

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 17:21

Thanks everyone, yes it's nature and you don't live in the country if you don't want to interact with the wildlife but it does spoil the excitement of planting or trying to grow anything.  Yes our PBGV is a sweetie and a 'character' 1 1/2 years old but bosses our 10 year old Basset Fauve around terribly.  When she caught the rabbit she would not give it up and stayed out in the garden, under a hedge until well after dark. As far as repellents goes, I wondered if that would be the case Dovefromabove, and presumably you would have to reapply after rain.  It seems two ways to go, learn to live with it or get someone to net them, surrounded by plenty of helpful farmers so it might be an option, although I would have to go out while they do it.  Yes I do have a foot in both camps - fluffy bunnies and gardening - I can't help it!

Problem Solving

Posted: 05/09/2015 at 08:29

We seem to have a worse than usual rabbit problem this year.  French beans, runner beans and more flowering plants than I care to mention have all been ruined by them. Veg patch is fenced all the way around, sufficiently we thought, haha!  We have two French hounds, different breeds but both breeds used in France for hunting rabbits.  Our youngest, a Petit Basset Griffon Vandeen has already caught a young rabbit and whilst this is one less rabbit eating our garden, we would prefer to drive the rabbits out humanely.  I am a bit scared to let the dogs out in the garden now because I cannot deal with the potential carnage!  We are surrounded by open farmland so appreciate we are at a major disadvantage but if anyone has any suggestions.  Re-fencing the whole garden is not really an option - too big and too expensive.  Any repellents?  Many thanks.


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 20:17

Thanks for your replies Welshonion and Blue Onion.  We have planted them in a block as usual. Never had a problem like this with sweetcorn before, last year they were eaten by, we think either a deer or a badger that got into the garden judging by the devastation caused in one night And just when we were planning to harvest the next day, typical.  We didn't realise that about pollination, just really relied on the wind and an odd shake before! Really great tip, will definitely be paying more attention next year. Thanks again.


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 16:29

We have grown some bought-in sweetcorn this year, the only thing that has grown with any vigour and hasn't been attached by rabbits and mice (yet!).  The tassels have been brown for a couple of weeks now and we've been testing for ripeness.  They just don't seem to be ripening and those that are, have patches throughout the cob where the kernals are small and totally unripened.  The cobs are smaller than usual and some plants have a secondary small cob near the main one.  Any ideas what the problem may be? They are on free draining soil and have been very well watered and grown in the usual block formation. Thanks in anticipation.

Screening neighbour's ugly extension

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:51

Unfortunately our garden borders two sides of the extension and the third side is very visible from another part of our garden, there really is no way of escaping it.  Unfortunately it is two storey and looks like a cross between a giant shed and a children's play fort!  I think wood can look good on buildings but this one has been poorly designed and just looks plain wrong on a Victorian cottage.  I seriously suspect that if the Planners saw how it actually looks built, they would have had second thoughts of passing the plans in the first place.

Trellis and climbers unfortunately won't go anywhere near screening it, if it had been single storey we just wouldn't really have a problem with it.  I think mature trees or large shrubs are the only way to go.

Screening neighbour's ugly extension

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:59

Hi, has anybody got some sensible suggestions for screening an ugly extension that our neighbours are having built at the moment?  Because of the strange setup of our garden, the extension is really imposing on our garden and we have totally lost all privacy (so much for trying to be a good neighbour and not raising any objections, how naive were we!).  Anyway we are looking for some screening ideas without falling foul of the Hedges Act, as much as I would like to stick the biggest row of leylandii in.  Any suggestions gratefully received.

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 23:51

Thanks Hostafan1.  T & M just say that can be grown outside when frosts have finished or preferably in the polytunnel or greenhouse.  I plan to grow them in the polytunnel to provide them with the necessary heat but my soil in the beds just would not be up to the job hence the potato bags.  I have seen many people growing them in potato sacks successfully in the States but none of them say how many they have put in each one.  I think I will probably just go with one or two per bag and see how we go.

Sweet Potatoes

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:52

Has anyone grown sweet potatoes in potato growing bags?  I have bought some bags that are 35cm x 45cm and can't decide whether to plant two or three plants per bag.  The plants have just arrived in plug form and will need to go in within the next day or two.  Any advice gratefully received.

Feeding bulbs

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 08:19

Many thanks for your help Bilje and Mike much appreciated.

Discussions started by Teenrbee

Shrubs for Planter

Replies: 10    Views: 444
Last Post: 22/08/2017 at 10:16


Replies: 4    Views: 294
Last Post: 10/06/2017 at 14:30

Sweet Peas

Replies: 2    Views: 417
Last Post: 11/04/2017 at 22:44

Raised bed root crops

Replies: 9    Views: 593
Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 08:38


Replies: 2    Views: 402
Last Post: 21/08/2016 at 18:58

Plug Plants

Plug Plants 
Replies: 6    Views: 1046
Last Post: 12/09/2015 at 15:05

Green Manure

Replies: 0    Views: 498
Last Post: 06/09/2015 at 07:41

Problem Solving

Replies: 6    Views: 903
Last Post: 05/09/2015 at 20:10


Patchy kernals 
Replies: 5    Views: 1089
Last Post: 30/08/2015 at 00:34

Screening neighbour's ugly extension

Replies: 5    Views: 2944
Last Post: 04/07/2014 at 07:03

Sweet Potatoes

Replies: 5    Views: 1008
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 20:56

Feeding bulbs

Replies: 2    Views: 1378
Last Post: 23/04/2014 at 08:19

Spring Bulbs?!!

Replies: 2    Views: 847
Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 08:19

Spring Bulbs?!!

Replies: 16    Views: 1179
Last Post: 11/02/2014 at 21:38


Replies: 5    Views: 973
Last Post: 20/09/2013 at 09:33
1 to 15 of 19 threads