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Posted: 16/06/2014 at 12:54

It is nearly chucking-out time, when they all go off to be run over, judging by the main roads near us.  You may want to discourage them as they are noisy, they rip open rubbish bags and carp in the flower beds.

Before you call the RSPCA do work out exactly what you want them to do.  Pest control firms will kill them for you.  It is illegal to trap and release elsewhere.

They will be even noisier when they start mating in January.

Above all, do not feed them under any circumstances or you will only encourage them to see your garden as a feeding-station.

And keep your dog, if you have one, away from their lair as many urban foxes have mange.  A terrible complaint and expensive to cure a dog of.

Can someone tell me what this is please?

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 11:12

Indicator of poor, impoverished, badly-drained soil.  Sorry.  Does your garden need liming?  That usually discourages it.  Well it does on farmland!

Bags of potting compost purchased - absolutely rubbish

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 11:08

This problem is not going to go away as more and more has to be recycled to reach targets.

I am never really sure if coir is eco-friendly. Is it viable to ship it so far from its country of origin?

suckers on tomatoes produced flowers should I cut them off??

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 11:03

It is usual to use your fingers to take them out.  They will break of at a ready-made joint.

Or is that just me?

Dead snails

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 21:08

Voles I think.

Pak choi nibbler

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 21:05

Sounds like flea beetle.  All brassicas are prone to it, but they grow out of it once they get past the seedling stage.

Morus nigra

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 20:13

A mulberry is forever so take great care where you plant it.  It needs lots of room around it as it is of spreading habit.

The fruit is wonderful, and fragile, but Boy! does the juice stain!

How often do you buy seeds and it's NOT what the packet said?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 16:51

Busy Bee, Mel is ranting about a whole packet, not one stray plant.  I should imagine most of us have found a stranger in a seed tray, or in compost, once in a while.

How often do you buy seeds and it's NOT what the packet said?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 15:10
Mel Mcbride wrote (see)

Correct me if I'm wrong here, but they are packed in factories.. many packets at a time, therefore the odds of it being one or two packets are ZERO.

Yes, Mel, You are Wrong.  Salad leaves should not be grown for, was it, 10 weeks?



Posted: 15/06/2014 at 15:01

I think it is a bit of a myth that ferns have to grow in the shade.  The hedge banks hereabouts are in full sun and grow magnificent ferns.  They also of course grow well in the shade.

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