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What to top bug hotel with

Posted: Yesterday at 13:21

I'd be interested to know if anyone has actually seen insects using their bug hotel. I was going to build one in my garden, been saving up pallets and everything, but a scientist bod gave a talk at our gardening club last week and he said theyre a waste of time; there's so many places in gardens and the wider countryside for bugs to find shelter, bug hotels aren't necessary. Likewise, I've always kept a patch of nettles in my garden for butterflies to lay their eggs on, but Mr scientist bod said they've done trials on this and butterflies just don't use garden nettles, preferring to use the ones in the wild. Come to think of it, I've inspected my nettles every year and have never seen any butterfly eggs. Sigh. Guess I'll just dig them up and plant some Cerinthe major instead, the bees LOVE those little blue bells!

Ceanothus for bees/butterflies?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:52

Don't know about ceanothus but Cerinthe major attracts bees like a honeypot!

You know spring is on its way when....

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 09:02

Couldn't agree more, Ashdale. I've written to the BBC to ask why they don't do more PROPER gardening progs. That rip-off, Bake-off style series  - Allotment Challenge, was it? - was just stoopid. Did enjoy that Great Garden Revival series though.

snowdrop problems

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 08:40

something's been eating my snowdrop flowers this year. Is it birds or some pest I don't know about? I adore snowdrops and it breaks my heart to see their little heads all chewed!

Attracting birds

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 10:21

I bought a packet of seeds yesterday called calindrinia bianca - a flowering herb that apparently provides food for birds. It's a spreading plant with pretty white flowers. Never heard of this herb, does anyone know anything about it? Is it edible to humans, or useful medicinally? Can't find any useful info on it online and it isn't mentioned in any of my gardening books either. 

Garden compost

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 21:30

I'm searching for the holy grail - a garden compost that's reliable and reasonably priced. The one I currently use, by Westland, doesn't give good results and a green algae-like crust tends to develop on the surface of pots. Can anyone recommend a decent multi-purpose compost?

Xmas jokes

Posted: 24/12/2013 at 00:01

What's brown and sneaks around the kitchen at Christmas?

Mince spies.


he he . One from my 7 year old nephew.

Talkback: How to prune a rambling rose

Posted: 15/08/2013 at 11:13

Disagree with FlamingJune - I inherited a rather knackered  climbing rose and since I started training the shoots horizontally, and pruning the laterals back to two or three buds, it has flowered wonderfully. Sure yours isn't a rambler? Agree with what you say about the hips, but not all roses produce them and deadheading definitely does promote longer flowering.

Talkback: How to make a nettle feed

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 10:37
Love the idea of putting weeds to good use! As nettle feed if full of nitrogen, will it encourage leaf growth at the expense of flowers? Can I use it to feed my parched and hungry lawn?

Talkback: Making leaf mould

Posted: 26/11/2012 at 16:29

 I go over a pile of leaves with the lawnmower or chop em up with shears before putting them in bags - cos they're smaller they rot down quicker. Also when I remember I give the bags a good shake or open them and fork over the leaves to let some air in, just as we do with the compost bin.

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snowdrop problems

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Last Post: 28/02/2015 at 10:24

Attracting birds

Calindrinia bianca 
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Last Post: 29/05/2014 at 11:15

Garden compost

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Last Post: 20/04/2014 at 08:36
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