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Garden Moles

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:50

I think alot of stuff actually works. But what usually happens is you use the method, the moles don't come back next season then you think job done and get lazy so they come back a year or so later.

For example i had really bad moles the winter before last (we live in the country and the fields are full of moles). So this year i tried the bulb method, rather than paying a premium for "mole bulbs" i bought some Allium Moly which the same, as well as some siberian squills. Planted them every meter in the lawn round the garden. 

 The result, no moles, they stayed on the other side of the fence in the field and didn't encroach into the garden. 

So can i relax? Probably not, the bulbs will die because they will be mown down during grass cutting, so at most they will last a season or 2. So i'll most likely be repeating the process this autumn before they come back again, as clearly the bulbs worked, but will need repeating every year.

The same i imagine would be for a secret solution, like naptha, or castor oil etc, they will most likely move the moles off that season but will need repeating every year, assuming the moles are still in the generally area.


Now i just need to work out how to get rid of the voles that have moved into the old mole tunnels lol....

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 08:36

The garden was stuffed full of butterflys with the 18 degree weather this weekend in the north east, even here at 150M, where spring is usually a good week or 2 behind (daffs have only just come out!).

Just built a green house.

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 08:46

Most cucumbers are sown april/may so plenty of time for those. 

Personally I grow, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Chillis, Melons and i have a grape vine too. 

As per bob, if you don't have time to get seed in and sow it, then most garden centres will be selling small plants of most things you would want to grow. 

Planting out courgette

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 08:34

yeah not even sown mine either, looking at my sowing plan i have them penciled in for sowing late april, early may here in the north east. Even then that would be sown in my greenhouse and probably planted out end may.

help me choose a new hedge

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 08:32

Another option for berries would be a cotoneaster, we've got  cotoneaster franchetii hedge, evergreen, with winter berries, doesn't grow very fast so does not seem to need to much attention. However it's not going to make a neatly trimmed hedge, it's more of a informal hedge plant.


We bought cell grown plants about 3 years ago and it's now about 4 ft tall and really starting to come together. 


Selecting trees for a mini orchard

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 21:08
Your friend its right, figs need to have their roots constrained or they just keep producing vegetative growth and no fruit. If you want to plant it out make a fig pit. Or sunk a large pot in the ground maybe.

aquilegia new disease

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 11:48

I love aquilegia, so hopefully it's limited to a small area. Non of mine show any signs of the disease this year. I guess this is the danger of having so called national collections, if  disease does get a hold it'll run riot. Meanwhile the risk of actually introducing a new disease is more likely as those who run these collections will constantly be bringing new plants in to add to the collection.

I always assume they quarantine new plants in some way, but when you are talking about air born spores etc it must be very hard to effectively quarantine new plants. 


Selecting trees for a mini orchard

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 10:36

Curses.. After this thread, and reading James Wongs new book i've cracked and got some more tree

Got myself a Fig for a pot, and a Mirabelle and Pluot for the garden.. I think i may be at my limit for fruit trees now! (unless i can steal some of our paddock for another orchard!)

Brunnera macrophyla 'Jack Frost'.

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 09:49

Yeah the first few leaves that come up are usually very small i think this is normal, at least it happens for both of mine.,

Help, I'm young and completely clueless.

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 12:44

Find a good garden centre and visit it regularly throughout the year, what you will find is that at any specific time of year they will be promoting those plants which provide colour and look their best. Therefore rather than doing one visit and buying lots of stuff, visit every month or so and buy smaller amounts. That way you will end up with colour/interest all year round.

The other bonus of doing things slowly is that you can correctly space stuff. An easy pitfall to fall into is to cram too much stuff in too close together. Which when it grows it becomes too crowded. It's easy to do this as we naturally want things not to look too sparse, but sparse is good when starting out.


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