Alice Tinker

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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 18:58

Is it normal for sweat peas to self seed? Last year a grew some up a wigwan which I have now removed, but in its place are lots of little seedlings shooting up...they have even started growing in the pot that holds my curly hazel tree and have already started to flower in places! I've moved most of to a better  place in the garden now and they are all happily scrambling skywards. I feel like they like my garden and feel very honoured haha 

Friend or foe?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 18:59


 Hopefully this picture is better!

Friend or foe?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 18:34

No they aren't like either of those, they are incredibly small. long, rather than round. They are still, not moving, which made me wonder if theyre eggs rather than larvae. And they are mustard yellow. 

i wouldn't have dug them up but the snails and slugs are decimating them so I decided to pot them up to try and give them some TLC! 

Friend or foe?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 18:08


Today I dug up my lupins to move into a pot and found lots of tiny yellow eggs/larvae in the roots. Only one of them had them so I've kept it separate until I know what they are. Can anyone help? I'm afraid the picture isn't very clear. Thanks

Disturbed a birds nest

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 17:03


my husband been started to cut a tree back whilst I was at work today and I've come home to find that he has disturbed a nest with some little eggs in. He hasn't touched it but  has slid into a vulnerable position that is completely exposed and low enough for a cat to reach. we don't know what to do as I've heard that to touch a nest Will mean the parents abandon it. Please help  

Rosebay willow herb

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:51

I am toying with the idea of introducing a cultivated Rosebay willow herb into my borders as I would really like to encourage elephant hawk moth caterpillas into our garden. 

I am aware that the cultivated plant is sterile and spreads by rhizomes quite vigorously , but I'm wondering how vigorously? Will it take over my garden? I'm currently fighting a losing battle with hedge woundwort which I stupidly let grow for the bees ( and is now taking stinks by the way!), and I don't want to make the same mistake Again.

does anyone else grow this in their gardens? 

Many thanks 

Mini pond

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 19:51

Mrs garden thats fantastic! Very creative. I will post pictures when we have completed ours 

Mini pond

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:27

another question- should I position it in the sun or shade? 

Mini pond

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:24

Oh wow that's definatley worth doing then! How exciting! I can't wait to get started, thanks everyone x 

Mini pond

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 09:24


I am keen to encourage more wildlife to our garden but a full size pond is out of the question as we live in a rented house. If I filled an old sink or something similar with water and aquatic plants, what sort of creatures could I expect To attract? My daughter is getting really interested in wildlife and i want to feed her enthusiasm 

many thanks 

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Friend or foe?

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Last Post: 19/05/2015 at 10:57

Disturbed a birds nest

How to proceed? 
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Last Post: 21/04/2015 at 18:53

Rosebay willow herb

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Last Post: 08/04/2014 at 22:24

Mini pond

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Last Post: 17/04/2014 at 11:33

Whitefly and aphid infestation

Advice needed 
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Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 22:52


Root cutting 
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Last Post: 28/04/2013 at 19:38

Ugly planter

Yucky pot needs hiding! 
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Last Post: 19/04/2013 at 22:41

Is it still too cold

Not enough light indoors for my seedlings... 
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Last Post: 17/04/2013 at 09:09

Some advice please

Cornflower, flax and ladybird poppies 
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Last Post: 09/04/2013 at 19:59


climber for shady wall 
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