Latest posts by Welshonion

Disturbed a birds nest

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:53
Husbands and cutting equipment - not a good combination. The husband of a friend has just cut back a very large Buddlia, but I'm sure it will survive. But I'm not sure the marriage will!

But this thread is a good reminder that it is not the season to do hedge-trimming or pruning where there may be bird's nests.

japanese knotweed

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:34
No, you are not being over-concerned. Cutting it will not eradicate it. The best method seems to be to fill the hollow stems near the bottom in Autumn with weed-killer. I'm sure you will find the correct method on the internet.

In the meantime do not plant anything you treasure.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:30
No you don't need to soak them. It may cause them to rot. Just read my post up-thread.

Destructive foxes

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 13:28
The only remedy is to keep them out of the garden with strong netting, buried well down. Or if you are in a rural area find someone to shoot them.

Sweetcorn germination

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 18:53
There are regulations regarding the germination rates of vegetable seeds. I germinate them on damp kitchen paper at room temperature in a closed container. 100% from some companies. Dismal results from some other companies - usually the more expensive seeds!

10 out of 24 is not good.

Centipede V Millioede

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 18:47
In general the ones that move fast are the predators and are good.

In general the ones that move slowly are the prey and are bad.

toxicology testing soil before growing vegetables

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 11:39
Sunlight will have rendered any nasties ineffective, especially if you turn over the soil regularly. Don't grow vegetables you might eat raw, like salads and wash the crops well, though you will be boiling the vegetables. E-coli is everywhere; there are many strains of it. Don't get yourself too worried.


Posted: 20/04/2015 at 11:32
Don't worry about the photo of the damage; OH and I were dairy farmers, and can you imagine what they did to our fields? I know they were only looking for food but the mess was awful!


Posted: 20/04/2015 at 01:15
And laburnum and rhododendron and hundreds of other plants. Do not get paranoid about the plants in the garden, except for the deadly ones. Monkshood and datura (Angels Trumpets) are certainly ones to avoid.

Above all supervise your young children in the garden and teach younger and older ones not to eat anything without asking.


Posted: 19/04/2015 at 18:16
Not sure of the scale of your photo, but next year I think I would space the rows a bit further apart.

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