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Problem weed!

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 10:04

Quite right, poor you, it is mares tail.

Can I plant near a septic tank?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 10:01

We are lucky to live in a converted school.  We have a cess pit, but it is vast!  We haven't had to empty it after more than 13 years.  And we share it with our neighbours!

Can I plant near a septic tank?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 01:02

Charlie14 if you haven't had a septic tank before be careful about what cleaning materials you use.  No bleach!  Check labels on toilet cleaner, etc. to make sure it is suitable for use with septic tanks.

Also ensure the water company is not charging you a drainage element on your bills.

We have pretty small water bills because we pay only for the metered water we use and not for drainage at all.

Walls and Hedges

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 07:56

From elsewhere I have discovered the plants should be placed at 5 to the metre in staggered rows.

Walls and Hedges

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 17:40

No they will send their roots down through the walls and into the soil beneath.  It is a very usual rural arrangement.  I am presuming you will be trimming the hedge especially in the early years to get it to thicken up.

Honeysuckle is another good plant to put in the hedge, and hazel.

Drunk wasps all over my fallen apples - advice needed!

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 17:33

I don't really know the habits of wasps, but do they go back to their nest before it gets dark in the evening?  Can you pick up the apples in the evening? Reading the posts I see Alina W has made the same suggestion.

In my experience the wasps will not finally go until the first frost.

What's been eating my shrubs?

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 16:37

Is that the Provado that kills bees or is it another kind?

Unwelcome visitor

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 14:55

Rats are everywhere.  Make sure you don't leave any food around.  If you decide to put poison down you can put 'throw packs' inside lengths of drainpipe, which you put alongside walls, etc, where rats are likely to run.

The Environmental Health or its equivalent will tell you if you have rats, but it is up to the householder to do something about it if they wish to.

They can also be trapped, but you have to be certain how you are then going to kill them.  Know anybody with a suitable gun?


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 11:28

Alan I did point you towards a place, not too far from you, where you could buy just a few seed potatoes of many varieties. Do not be constricted to buying seed potatoes in pre-packs. We have quite a small raised bed for potatoes, but we grow at least three varieties each year.  They do vary very much.

The taste, shape, yield is very much down to variety. I'm sure you'll find a similar garden centre in Norfolk. 

Garden Pests

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 17:49

The RHS at Wisley put electric fence around the sweetcorn to deter the badgers.  I think that is your culprit.

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