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Talkback: Ragwort

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 13:18

I don't know who Richard Jones the author of the article is but he seems to skate over the damage Ragwort can do.  It appears to have unfettered freedom to grow on roadsides.

It is a notafiable weed.  It must not - but is - be allowed to seed on to neighbouring land.

The real damage it does to ALL grazing animals is through being eaten in hay or silage, where it is palatable.

It causes irreversable internal damage and causes death to grazing animals.

If you are pulling it up on your land or anywhere else, wear gloves, do not handle it, do not put it in council green waste - burn it - and wash your hands thoroughly before handling food.



Permanent Markers

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 13:04

I too use a label-maker; Dymo.  But I do much smaller letters.  Uses far less tape.  Letters come out smaller if you do the printing on two lines.  This is a thrifty tip!


Posted: 21/07/2012 at 12:59

'does same go for marrows/cougettes... have lovely plant in g/hse but flowers fall off...'

Yes, the same goes for marrows and courgettes.  The flowers fall off the males when the pollen has been spent.  The flowers fall off the females in due time.  If the fruit rots and falls off it has not been fertilized.  Do not feed until you have fertilized fruits, or you will get loads of leaves.  Plants fruit better when they 'sense' there is a chance of their dying!  If you over-feed they 'think' they will live for ever!


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 18:36

What about evergreens such as Holly (berries), Rhodies, Laurel, Bay, etc, etc. ?

Not a cone between them.

To be technically correct the opposite of deciduous is evergreen not coniferous.

When to prune a mature Magnolia?

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 16:52

Could it be a good idea to plant another magnolia further from the house as they seem happy in your garden, and then in due time sacrifice the old one?

It's such a shame to lose a thriving tree, so also go down the pruning road and be quite radical and cut at least one of the branches out.  Stand back and view the tree from every angle before you cut any more.  And do take very good care not to put the saw in the hands of anybody over-enthusiastic in the cutting department.

Holes in pond lily leaves

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 16:45

I meant hoovering indoors! 

 Pond vacs are death to pond life; you do want wildlife in your pond, don't you?


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 13:58

David K they are not necessarily coniferous, rather evergreen.

Talkback: Big Butterfly Count

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 13:56

Nettles are a caterpillar food.  Buddlias are solely a nectar provider.   

Holes in pond lily leaves

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 13:51

Why are you cutting off the ones with holes in?  Leave them alone and go and do some hoovering!

Small Potatoes

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 01:27

You also need to leave them in the soil longer.  You have dug them up too soon.

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