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Re: Gardening

Post by Strum » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:24 pm

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Re: Gardening

Post by Dancer » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:01 am

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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

Post by Strum » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:37 pm

Rocker wrote:
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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
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

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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