Alina W

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Walnuts - when to pick

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 15:20

The other thing you have to do is pick them before the local squirrels get wind of them.

Otherwise, they will strip your tree in the blink of an eye.

problems with broccoli and caterpillars

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 22:55

They will be OK. Caterpillars should be removed as soon as seen for best results.

Small Hedge Rows In Planters

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 12:30

Sorry, I missed the 1.5m on reading through.

In that case I think hogweed has a point - I was thinking more of something like a 60cm hedge.

Bee/Butterfly friendly flowers, but space efficient. :)

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 12:27

First, yes, there are single-flowered hollyhocks, but you will have the same problem with rust - if you're in an area prone to it, it's very difficult to get rid of it in hollyhocks.

One plant missing from your list is scabious - look at small garden varieties if you can't fit the taller wild plant. Bees are extremely fond of them.

Another is antirrhinums, particularly the varieties where the bee has to climb into the "trap".

As a general hint, double versions of flowers are often less attractive to bees because it's difficult to reach the heart for the insect.


Posted: 07/08/2014 at 12:18

I'm afraid you have to pick them off. Otherwise, you can buy a spray that will kill them, but make absolutely certain that it's food safe before using it.

You will need to be vigilant and repeat either treatment, as caterpillars will cause a lot of damage quickly.

If you find this is a serious problem that keeps returning, you might want to think about constructing a meshed frame to go over them next year.

Good luck!

Small Hedge Rows In Planters

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 12:13

Providing they keep the plants low, fed and watered, then yes, you can do it, although a deeper planter would be better.

But there is no question of it becoming tall or looking after itself, because that is not possible in so little soil - they would have to raise flags and make a good border first.

What on earth are they up to........?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 23:56

Lavande, they can fight when the parent it chasing them away, yes.

They also make a lot of noise.

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 23:52

Plenty of senior moments here, too.

I'm quite capable of forgetting what the end of a sentence was going to be by the time I've written the first half!

I've also remembered something that was to go on the shopping list, and forgotten it again by the time I've found the shopping list.

Privet Hedges

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:08

If it's very thin, you could take about a third off the top.

Lyn, I took pieces off the privet hedge around my parents' home before they sold it, and planted them up for the flowers - I love them.

And yes, once everyone had a privet hedge, but trimming them became a chore, so they were grubbed out. Very sad to see.

What on earth are they up to........?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:01

Is the "child" large? It could be that it's reached the stage where the parent is trying to persuade it to  leave home?

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