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stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 20:54

FilmBuffy, oh my goodness I really feel for you, I've been away from this site for a while and can see why! I have always had cats, and several neighourhood cats pay us a visit nightly. Mine uses his trays for his poo but isn't adverse to taking a pee in the garden he stays in at night because he gets beaten up by one particular tom, big brute! maybe the RSPCA needs to take a look at this site If you talk to vets/RSPCA and say you have a house cat you will find you get a lot of disapproval, cats roam, it's their nature  I have to say I'm saddened by this thread and peoples nastiness..reading through these comments and to my husband, well I won't put what he thinks  Anyway, I've found chicken wire  laid across freshly dug beds works very well until the plants are a few inches tall, or if possible can you place holly leaves around the plants on loose earth? Won't look very pretty and unfortunately will give the slimy slugs a hiding place (my arch enemy) squished quite a few today) I found grapefruit worked well too, as well as catching slugs overnight, seems to work better than orange/lemon peel I hope you have success and if not, a good supply like me of gloves) happy gardening

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 07:52

Forester2 iI've just planted an apple tree but not in the same place or near it as no room but hopefully they'll relocate to this tree when it's grown a bit


Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 17:03

We have quite a lot of birds visit us and nest in our hedges on all four sides of our garden, Sparrows and one Blackbird, our little Robin, Chaffinches etc., but sadly our neighbour cut down the one tree in his garden, which overlooked our back garden where all the birds used to sit...not sure where they will go but quite cross with him

Which size tree?

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 13:57

Wow thank you Alan 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 14:30

I used to do night duty in the care homes...ill health has forced me to be at home now pottering in my greenhouse and garden...miss the 'work' so much never felt like a job to me but no chance of going back into the care sector so I tend my plants with lots of tlc

Which size tree?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:20

Thanks Dirty Diggin, will do

Which size tree?

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:31

I'm looking for an apple tree ideally a patio as I haven't much room left to plant and OH doesn't want another big tree in the garden. My local gc has apple trees on offer at the moment but they'll grow to approx 10ft in ten years(and knowing my luck reach 20ft by the following year lol) it possible to keep it a bit smaller or should I stick to a patio variety? OH is convinced it will need a lot of care and attention to keep healthy but as a child who grew up with a huge fruit orchard as her back garden i don't remember my parents struggling with all the fruit trees, disease and pests etc., :/ ...or did I just miss it being too busy eating all of the fruit?


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:16

oooh Yorkshire Puds yummy As a young child with three hungry big brothers Mum used to make an extra tray of mini yorkies so we could have them with syrup all over...don't knock it til you've tried it...delicious.....may just have to make an extra Yorkshire tomorrow now

Where will I put them all?

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:13

I've been hooked on Geum's the last couple of some gorgeous reds, orange and yellows, after losing so many bedding plants to slugs I decided to go with the perennial/shrub route...but now hubby has dug a big hole in the grass and plonked a Koi pond there and pinched some of my flowerbed to put the waterfall in...okay I'll admit it does look rather pretty now but what to plant along the side? It's got two tiers so approx 5ft drop to the pond with about 1ft bare bed.  I'm stumped as to what to plant there. OH doesn't want leaves etc., 'cluttering up his pond':/ Any ideas?

When do slugs wake up?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 17:43

I've found the only sure fire way to beat the slimy critters is to use Nematodes, I tried so many approaches without a noticeable difference; everything was demolished the next morning:/..after applying Nematodes my veg patches were slug free most of the Spring/Summer/Autumn I put a few lettuce leaves on the grass well away from the veg beds too so any slugs that smelt my tasty veg in the evening stopped and ate them first (and the slug pellets around them hehe) The only problem I have is we have grass areas around the veg beds with walls as our garden is raised so slugs hide away and venture out from the brickwork onto the grass so although I tackle the veg areas the grass is still a battleground for me hence the lettuce leaves/pellets (and me doing a dusk patrol). 


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