Zoomer44


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Slugs.

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 00:09

I'm having more problems this year with them but have put down less blue pellets. There's loads in the recylce bin and they've got into the GH but been more sneaky, instead of munching entire leaves I'm getting small holes, so unless some other pest bores small holes, have put it down to slugs and snails.  

MOB rants

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 23:41

Thanks for all the responses, it's very reasuring.

You've given me lots of idea's, recording is certainly a good plan and I'm happy to tell him what I'm doing. Will need to get a little recorder but thats not a problem. Think I'll also get a lock put on the garden gate too.

We are both owner's so no landlord invloved. Keeping a record of the incidents is a good idea and as I've no no immediate plans to move, complaining to the council and logging incidents with the police will at least give him the messaage I'm not prepared to accept his unreasonable behaviour.    

Don't think it will be resolved overnight though but I'm at the point were I'll try anything so will save your responses.  I'll goggle MIND too to get advise, I don't want to make him worse.

Over the years he has annoyed other neighbours, and doesn't like children, he would regularly chase away a group which played football outside our houses or take their ball if it went in his garden. 

In the end it was more fun for the children to play knock a door run with him than to play football.

Root vegetables

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 23:36

You can sow beetroot seed and get three plants, the seeds are sometimes stuck together but you can usually see more than one seed when sowing.

You have a choice either to thin out as seedlings to one plant or let two or three beetroots grow in a cluster. I've found if left in a cluster the roots compete, so you get two to three small beetroots which are just as tasty when picked at golf ball size as thinning out to one plant and getting a bigger beetroot.

New name wanted

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 23:06

I like potty gardener

There is another poster whose name I think is fab, he doesn't post often, hope he isn't offended and doesn't mind me saying, he's called 'Ben's grandad'. When ever he posts, it brings a smile. I have this picture of a proud Ben sat with his grandad on an allotment asking a very proud grandparent, 'what was it like in the 'Olden Days' gardening, grandad' and always feel compelled to read his postings.

Go with potty gardener... 

MOB rants

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 22:43

 didn't realise how long the posting was...

MOB rants

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 22:42

Don't often come on this thread but wanted to rant about my neighbour, I really don't know what to do...

It's too longed winded to explain everything but to link it to gardening it started with a fence many years ago, then the neighbour started to hammer on my walls at 4am but the council didn't believe me. This went on for over 12mths, until one day friends came to stay with their children. I explained about the neighbour. True to form the hammering started at 4am and there after every half hour, by 6am friends OH  was furious, the children were in tears and whilst I was on the phone to the police OH went round to speak to the neighbour. The police arrived at 9am, OH spoke to them and from that day to this the hammering stopped.       

Other stuff has happened since but I've learnt to live with it or ignore it, that is until this weekend.

Back to gardening. Said neighbour prunes his climbers at weekends, every weekend... usually when I'm in my garden. I have tried to be friendly -  once, said good morning, getting no reply, thinking he maybe deaf, repeated myself, but louder before eventually realising he was ignoring me. I took to coming inside whilst he pruned his climbers.

This weekend I thought why should I have to go indoors, so carried on gardening. Well that's when the vile verbal comments started. There was no one in the garden with him but he started ranting to a third person about my presence in the garden. I was remarkably calm but he was very scary. I told him I would contact the police and council if he continued as there was no need for those comments. He then started to address me again, he looked furious when I said I wasn't even going to go there with him and came indoors.

Colleagues at work think I should have called the police, I've explained to them some of the other stuff he's done. We are of the opinion he has some serious mental health issues. I'm still thinking of calling the police even it's just for them to log a complaint.

What do you guy's think I should do?        

Another rant... I'm not getting notifications at present so if I don't reply immediately that's why.

More worms

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 22:56

There is a way of finding out if you have lots of earth worms in your soil, watched it on a gardening programme and as we don't have many of those....me thinks it was on the A to Z of Gardening, under E for earthworms or W for...you guessed it...Worms.

If you can get the programme back on the internet, I recall something is mixed with water which when poured on soil doesn't harm worms but brings them up to the surface.     

If you want to increase their number give them stuff they like to eat, mulch your soil with compost, they are one of the good guy's after all. 

Rooster potatoes & cylindrical onions

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 20:55

Welshonion -wasn't sure what a cylindrical onion was and didn't like to ask .

John Foster, you'll find your onions will bulk up very quickly I thought mine were bolting a few weeks ago so picked all the red one's but just pulled off the flowering heads from the white one's, pleased to say they are now looking like real onions and not over sized spring onions. Have a little patience....not long to wait...      

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 20:37

I'm enjoying the hot weather. Never had strawberries so big. Stuff which didn't do well last year is romping away. Fruit bushes have all done well. Abergines, cues and toms are all showing fruit in the GH. In fact I'm ever so pleased with the aubergines, fruit didn't start showing till at least August last year.

It was too hot to garden at the weekend but it was nice just to sit back in the shade with the papers and a book.  

Strawberries in the greenhouse?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 23:19

jgmc3. It might be worth watching 'Beechgrove' a Scottish gardening programme. I live in the NW and find the programme really helpful because they grow stuff in a slightly colder climate than the English equivalent, ' Gardener World' which is broad cast a lot further south.

They've been growing strawberries undercover, in a raised stand rather than hanging baskets but don't run the strawberry bit every week.

When purchasing new stock, different varieties fruit at different times so having a selection will prolong your fruiting season.   

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