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Re: Gardening

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Re: Gardening

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Re: Gardening

Post by Rocker » Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:05 pm

well who says there are no slugs around...!!!!!
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Re: Gardening

Post by Micheál » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:39 pm

Methinks something smaller than slugs are at work there. Slugs don't tend to start in the middle, unless they are exploiting a hole already begun by some other critter.

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Re: Gardening

Post by MattyGroves » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:18 pm

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well who says there are no slugs around...!!!!!
If there is no slime trail on the leaves and the holes are small and random it might be baby snails hmm


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Re: Gardening

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well who says there are no slugs around...!!!!!

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Re: Gardening

Post by Rocker » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:24 am

caught a fellow photographing my wild bluebells and weeds yesterday!!
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Re: Gardening

Post by Rocker » Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:26 am

a friend bought me this "Blue Moon" rose so far I haven't killed it!!
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Re: Gardening

Post by Sinead » Sun May 12, 2019 3:43 pm

I have to comment the Parks Department of DLRCCO - the flowers on the Dual Carriageway and in the estates in Ballybrack were just beautiful. It is surprising just how cheerful a few flowers growing can be.



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Re: Gardening

Post by MattyGroves » Tue May 14, 2019 12:43 pm

Gardeners beware!

I just noticed lily beetles in my garden, I had heard that they have arrived in Ireland in Cork and Belfast but apparently they have spread. They have insatiable appetite for lilies and fritillaries. If found spray with soapy water or crush... alternatively a M9 flamethrower can be used.

More info: https://blog.longfield-gardens.com/how- ... f-beetles/

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Re: Gardening

Post by Sinead » Tue May 14, 2019 1:48 pm

Thanks for that tip, I have lots of St. Joseph's lillies in my garden.



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Re: Gardening

Post by Toss » Tue May 14, 2019 2:01 pm

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If you have any of those Lily beetles to spare .... send them to me, my neighbour has three calla lilies and I am allegic to Lillies (I start sneezing within minutes of being near one). I have told him I'm allergic to no avail and I'd like to think he forgets ..... so those lily munchers would be doing me a huge favour :lol:


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Re: Gardening

Post by MattyGroves » Tue May 14, 2019 2:44 pm

Toss wrote:
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If you have any of those Lily beetles to spare .... send them to me, my neighbour has three calla lilies and I am allegic to Lillies (I start sneezing within minutes of being near one). I have told him I'm allergic to no avail and I'd like to think he forgets ..... so those lily munchers would be doing me a huge favour :lol:
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While I can sympathize with your plight I cannot in good conscience promote entomological terrorism... chemical weapons on the other hand are fine, suggest a catapult and a bag of salt pellets :lol:


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Re: Gardening

Post by Strum » Tue May 14, 2019 10:04 pm

Ah c'mon now folks, ye heartless baskets, little beauties they are. Anyway a spray of soapy water mixed with olive oil will do "it". :(
Please keep some for me, I'd like to do a little project on them now. Seriously. thumbright :D


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Re: Gardening

Post by Dancer » Tue May 21, 2019 9:11 pm

Anybody have a sure fire way of getting rid of weeds etc in a bed of stones with a membrane underneath ? I’m sick to death of pulling up weeds dontknow



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Re: Gardening

Post by bugrock » Wed May 22, 2019 7:09 am

Lots of Guinness, followed by a massive evacuation. Take 3 times a week.


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Re: Gardening

Post by Rocker » Wed May 22, 2019 9:59 pm

Dancer wrote:
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Anybody have a sure fire way of getting rid of weeds etc in a bed of stones with a membrane underneath ? I’m sick to death of pulling up weeds dontknow

I don't think there is any easy way. I have decided not to spray this year as I was using too much round up and I am getting anxious about the consequences. I have a kneeler, good gloves, a long sharp yoke for the dandelions and a trowel to get the other nasties. Back breaking it is but, I have the radio on and limit myself to two hours a day.


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Re: Gardening

Post by MattyGroves » Thu May 23, 2019 10:56 am

Dancer wrote:
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Anybody have a sure fire way of getting rid of weeds etc in a bed of stones with a membrane underneath ? I’m sick to death of pulling up weeds dontknow
You could use salt.

Get the cheap 'own brand' salt in any supermarket and dissolve it in hot water with a tiny amount of soap/washing up liquid then simply pour on the ground. Good for patios and paths if there are any weeds coming up between the stones.

Suggest you get a second watering can with a rose specifically for applying the salty liquid and never use it for watering plants that you want to keep.


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Re: Gardening

Post by Dancer » Sun May 26, 2019 12:40 pm

Rocker wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 9:59 pm
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Tue May 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Anybody have a sure fire way of getting rid of weeds etc in a bed of stones with a membrane underneath ? I’m sick to death of pulling up weeds dontknow

I don't think there is any easy way. I have decided not to spray this year as I was using too much round up and I am getting anxious about the consequences. I have a kneeler, good gloves, a long sharp yoke for the dandelions and a trowel to get the other nasties. Back breaking it is but, I have the radio on and limit myself to two hours a day.
I usually do the same Rocker but my back just won’t allow me to do forward bending anymore . I love my garden but jeez weeds just seem to sprout up overnight every night . Gardening really is a Labour of love or a rich persons hobby lauugh



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Re: Gardening

Post by Dancer » Sun May 26, 2019 12:42 pm

MattyGroves wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 10:56 am
Dancer wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 9:11 pm
Anybody have a sure fire way of getting rid of weeds etc in a bed of stones with a membrane underneath ? I’m sick to death of pulling up weeds dontknow
You could use salt.

Get the cheap 'own brand' salt in any supermarket and dissolve it in hot water with a tiny amount of soap/washing up liquid then simply pour on the ground. Good for patios and paths if there are any weeds coming up between the stones.


Suggest you get a second watering can with a rose specifically for applying the salty liquid and never use it for watering plants that you want to keep.
Thanks Matty , I’ll give that a try and let you know how I get on thummbs



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Re: Gardening

Post by Murphs » Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:48 pm

Thanks for the Tip Matt
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Re: Gardening

Post by Rocker » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:47 am

So just when you have the grass mown and looking good ...the darned fox comes in the middle of the night and digs up holes all over. Does anyone know what the fox is looking for or is he just laughing at the mower?


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Post by Strum » Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:47 pm

Rocker wrote:
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So just when you have the grass mown and looking good ...the darned fox comes in the middle of the night and digs up holes all over. Does anyone know what the fox is looking for or is he just laughing at the mower?

I looked it up out of curiousity Rocker. thumbright

"Foxes dig shallow holes in lawns, bowling greens or playing fields when they are hunting for earthworms and grubs; they eat a large number of cutworms (the caterpillars of moths) and beetle larvae, such as wireworms. These only come near the surface of the lawn in wet periods and so this sort of damage is seasonal."



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Re: Gardening

Post by Rocker » Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:41 am

Well now with the lockdown we are going mad doing the garden. Over the last number of years we have bought all sorts of yokes and machines at Lidl when they were very cheap. We didn't know what half of them were but, knew they would come in useful some day. We have short handled cutters, long handled cutters, strimmers, hedge cutters, small chain saws. The joy of lashing around in the shoulder high brambles cutting with the amazing machines. Two weeks later and the garden looks much bigger. Ah! so that is where the garden table is! look those are the old kitchen chairs..Is that the old broken wheel barrow which we haven't used for ten years?? Now, it will have to be a skip when things get back to normal.


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Re: Gardening

Post by Denis Cromie » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:27 pm

The poor gardens are being attacked on all fronts. I've been sticking my spade, Fork and hoe in places that I've long spared. So maybe we should include gardens among all the front line heroes who are putting their lives in danger to protect us. Lets hope we never forget them when this is all over. I heard a doctor on the radio this morning bemoaning the fact that he can't look after his private patients because of the takeover of the Private hospitals, I wonder if it's their care he's interested in or the effects it's having on the enormous amount he charges for his services. If he's anything to go by it will be a very long time before we have a Universal Health Service in this country, which is the norm throughout Europe.



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