For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Jul 31

Your Questions About Gardening

Charles asks…

My neighbours dog died after eating food laced with rat poison?

I noticed that I had vermin in my garden so I placed some rat traps out. I believe my neighbours dog ‘broke into’ once these traps and ate the bait. After a few days the dog died. The traps are those used by professional and are supposed to be child proof. My neighbour now blames for the death of her dog.

Can I sue her for slander?

GardenersCardiff answers:

I wouldn’t think that you can but you may well have a case for defamation, depending on who overheard her accusation.

The truth is though that, strictly speaking, you ARE the cause of her dogs death even though you, apparently, didn’t set out to do them harm.

Make sure that you have the evidence of the initial vermin infestation and have kept the packaging for the traps, particularly where the claim of ‘child proof’ is made. ‘Child proof’ should never be confused with ‘animal proof’.

Also, keep the evidence of where the dog ‘broke in’ – this may be vital if you are to successfully defend any legal action she may take against you and may assist you in counter claiming.

It would be a lot easier if dog owners just controlled their animals better, wouldn’t it?

Lizzie asks…

What can i bring to school for lunch? I am a vegetarian? please help?

I just started and i have no idea what to bring in for lunch. Thank you. Easy ten points
I also need recipes for dinner that are not hard to make. They also cant be expensive. Thank you.

GardenersCardiff answers:

I am a vegetarian and I have been taking my lunches to work. No microwave, so I have to pack like I would if I was in school. Here are some things I pack:

Tomato soup in a thermos, sandwich with Swiss cheese and avocado slice, chocolate pudding

Pasta salad, string cheese, applesauce

Veggies in a pita pocket spread with hummus and topped with feta cheese, yogurt (check the label to be sure it is gelatin-free)

Broccoli cheese soup in a thermos, sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and cheese, Handisnack gel pack (these are made with pectin instead of gelatin like Jello)

Spaghettios in a thermos, toasted cheese sandwich, fruit cup

Ramen noodles cooked with broccoli florets and onions (use vegetarian chicken bullion cube rather than the seasoning packet) in a thermos, cheese crackers, plum

Other options are garden salad, veggies with dip, grapes, anything you like to eat- just put serving size portions in zippie bags.

You can make things for dinner and keep some leftover to pack in your lunch, too. Be sure to take an ice pack for cold foods or put warm foods in a thermos to keep them that way! Good luck!

Sandy asks…

What is the most effective pump and filter for a water garden (1000 gallons) and how do you install it?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Pumps are pretty much up to you, based on price. For a 1000 gallon pond (I’m guessing about 5′X7′, 2′ deep) I’d probably go with something between 900 and 1200 gph. Those can range from about $90 to $300, depending on what company you buy from and how much electricity you want to burn. I’ve had a few in that range and always had good luck with the Supreme mag drives. I run a 1900 gph Pondmaster in my bigger pond (~1500 gallon) now that consumes about 300 watts of power.

I run it through a Cyprio UV sterilizer into a waterfall filter. I’ve tried other filters that worked OK, but this one is definitely the way to go. It gives me about 2 feet of lift to use in the waterfall, I only have to clean it out once a year, and you can plant stuff in the top of it (I have cattails and something that looks like arugula in it this year).

I’ve had real good luck with AZPond supply (if you’re in the USA). Their prices are reasonable and they deliver promptly.

Forgot the installation part –

Be sure to use a GFCI circuit to plug into. Avoiding electrocution is always a good way to go. I plumb mine with 1 1/2″ ABS pipe. It’s black so it hides well. My pump has plenty of capacity for my pond, so I’m able to put a T in to run a little spitting fish on one end of the pond opposite the waterfall. The UV sterilizer and the waterfall filter all have 1 1/2″ fittings, so that made life easy. You can get fancy if your pond is not in yet and build the plumbing in. I’m not that smart, so mine has to come out of the pond next to the waterfall where I hide it with plants and rocks. I also don’t have a “hard” waterfall where everything is cemented in. I simply put another piece of pond liner down on the fill dirt that slopes into the pond. I just piled up big rocks to create the waterfall and use the filter to spill onto the top. Any water that spills through the rocks is caught by the liner underneath and just flows back into the pond. It’s not a fancy as building it all in, but it allows me to change things up much easier when I get tired of it.

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