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Ants in my greenhouse

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 10:16

Yes, they can cause problems. I've had them build nests in pots, they like dry conditions so they get in after winter when the compost is on the dry side. I now do frequent checks .Lift the pots up and if compost falls out the bottom it can indicate that ants have got in and displaced it. A good soaking can discourage them, or sprinkle ant poison granules under the pot and don't let a pot stand in the same place too long.

They can also farm aphids on plants but that is easier to spot than nests in pots.

Marvel of Peru (Mirabilis Jalapa)

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 14:33

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l178/toonia_2006/2011_0808aug80001.jpg

 This is Mirabilis "Limelight" which has lovely variegated leaves and bright pink flowers.

I'm just practising inserting a photo really!

I started some seeds a couple of weeks ago and they haven't germinated, I usually have no trouble. I will try again, it might be a bad year.

Old Aquarium Water Garden

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 16:24

hello Dibbler,

I can understand why you had the idea and can picture how attractive it would look when first planted up however..

Presumably an aquarium is made of toughened glass but not designed for outdoors so I don't know how it would stand up to conditions in your garden.

Even if painted it would get extremely hot in sunshine, the water could boil!

Most container ponds are solid and opaque, you can easily convert any big pot as a water feature, a pond book from the library will tell you how.

As for the wildlife, there is a danger of creatures falling in your aquarium and not getting out, creating an escape for them would be difficult.

Even a small sunken pond would attract all sorts, frogs, dragonflies and birds for a drink so I would strongly encourage you to investigate other possibilities.

You could make an ant farm in your aquarium!

Are Day Lilies invasive?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 12:16

Mine are the yellow and sandy-brown types! Good description of the colour there, Bookertoo.

Are Day Lilies invasive?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 18:24

Hmmm. I find them invasive because they are very happy in my garden and spread out into the lawn and swamp other plants.

I find lifting and dividing them difficult (but I am feeble) and doing so just invigorates the clumps and they spread even further. As I don't want any more clumps I have put divisions on the compost heap where they are now thriving! So I will have to dig them up from there.

They are the first green shoots which appear in late winter, cope with any amount of snow and frost and have been untouched by slugs here -perhaps because they wake up well before the slugs do.

I can't find anyone locally who wants any as they all have the same problem.

In conclusion -you have to love them to grow them and they do have some things going for them.

who is talking to who?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:23

The instructions did help  ....

Now my font's back to usual but it did that itself.

Thanks all for your help and patience.

who is talking to who?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 09:07

OK. Same as Geoff.

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/site-feedback/who-is-talking-to-who/2657.html
Think that has worked but now my font has gone tiny.
There are two symbold to the right of the smileys above, the instructions are to highlight the text, click the first link symbol, a pop up appears and you insert the link into the space provided.
Now i'll try and make my font bigger!

who is talking to who?

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 08:58

Thanks for trying the links, Geoff.

I'm on a PC so I'll have a try at a link myself:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/bbc-gardening-arrivals---meeting-point/2508.html

Can't see a preview function..if this fails I'll go and read the instructions that figrat mentions. Can't be the only person to do that as the last resort!

who is talking to who?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 19:53

Not clickable but I can cut and paste. I'm not testing you, just the site, I hope you understand!

who is talking to who?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 19:28

Thanks Geoff - another poser -can you (Geoff personally) link to the feedback discussion you referred to so I can get there directly?

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