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Posted: 27/02/2015 at 10:54
Morning all - lovely day - off into the garden soon.
DD - certainly sounds as though 'something' has happened to make your cat nervous of going outside. I agree with some of the previous posters to keep him in at night with a litter tray and with the flap locked. I highly recommend using a Feliway diffuser close to the cat flap and where he sleeps. I would also clean the door and the cat flap with diluted biological washing powder solution then rinse off and spray the door and flap with Feliway in case another cat has been nosing around there. Hope you can buy Feliway in France!
When I helped run a cattery we sometimes had cats who were reluctant to use a litter tray. We found that a covering of soil from the garden sometimes helped encourage them.
If the problem persists a trip to the vets to make sure there is no underlying medical problem might be on the cards.

Growing Tea

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 21:01

I'm sure you're not WK - it was only intended as a friendly heads up so you don't go telling everybody your plans down the pub  (unless you're like me and distill your own!)

Only joking - that's illegal too!!

Growing Tea

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 18:41

The difference between tobacco and tea is the amount of excise duty the government collects from tobacco and cigarettes and the customs controls in place for tobacco products.

I think if you just grow the plant and don't cure the leaves there is no problem but, if you cure the leaves for smoking, it becomes more of an issue. This is one link I found discussing the issue. I'm certainly not an expert in this field but it is worth checking out if you want to make sure you stay legal



Growing Tea

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:13

If you're thinking of growing tobacco for smoking in the UK, you need to be aware that HMRC might become interested - even if it is only intended for your own personal use. Various articles on internet about it. I also believe it is illegal to sell or otherwise supply the seeds.

On the other hand growing ornamental nicotiana is fine 

The tea from Cornwall is lovely - had some at Smugglers tearooms overlooking the river Fal a couple of years ago.

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 12:08

What happened to my last post? 

Anyways - enjoy your shopping - hope mousey doesn't eat the plants!

Can hire you my cat at decent rates 


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 11:49

I think the forum had a touch of the lurgy about 5 - 10 mins ago. Couldn't move from page to page and I suspect another posting on another thread has gone astray (rec'd a notification but no posting after mine). 

Hope all poorly peeps are on the mend.

Wintersong - you need to sit down - you are making me tired 

Basil, Coriander, Flat leaf parsley

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 10:56

I find that parsley can be a bit slow to get going from seed so I treat myself to one of the larger pots  from the supermarket in March. I harden it off outside over a few days and then divide it into smaller plants. I usually get about 10 or 12 small plants and just stick them straight into my raised beds (outside) about 6" apart. 

I can start harvesting almost straight away and each small plant quickly becomes larger than the original pot. If I was working with containers I would probably put 1 or 2 small plants per container (depends on the size of the pot obviously).

I have done the same with supermarket coriander and basil but these were not as successful so I prefer to grow these from seed.  

I find that parsley can be cut very hard several times and comes back well over the whole season until the leaves are frosted. Coriander will take 2 or 3 cut backs before it starts becoming spindly and weak so I do successional (usually 3 or 4) sowings to keep it going until the frosts. I find basil quite difficult & temperamental outside unless it's in a really sheltered, sunny spot.

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 20:15
I'm with you KEF - no question what-so-ever

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 18:15

This thread is ever so slightly freaking me out .... . Mice, rats, rotting rats - can't really deal with any of them - bad news for a country girl!

Definitely a trap for the one in the car - imagine it running over your shoulder whilst you were driving - aaaargh!!

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