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Funny pest control !!!

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 08:02

Good on yer, beginner gardener. If people like us ruled the world, it would be a better place to live in, heh heh.

Window box

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 07:55

Thanks for the advice flumpy1. I've got osteospermums in a pot so am looking for something different for the window box. but I think I've found the answer: lavenders. A very nice lady gave a talk at our garden club, she grows old fashioned pinks and English lavender in East Yorkshire, so her plants are tough and hardy. ( They'll give me the structured look Fairygirl suggested, plus gorgeous scent!

Funny pest control !!!

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 07:37

Hate the way we humans feel we have to exterminate anything that gets in our way. I had a mouse problem last winter. Like all 'pests', mice are incredibly resourceful creatures (they can shrink themselves down to squeeze through a hole the size of a pencil) and, besides, they're cute as a button. But yes, they also carry disease. So I bought a couple of TripTrap humane mouse traps, which are brilliant, and took the mice a couple of miles away to the woods and released them (luckily the weather was pretty mild). Worst case scenario for the mice, they may have provided supper for a hungry owl, so at least they didn't die in vain!


Posted: 03/06/2015 at 08:06

Just be careful how you net your strawbs, at this time of year young birds can get trapped under or caught up in loose netting. Make sure it's pulled taut, maybe stretched over a wooden frame or something.

Window box

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 21:20

Thanks for your suggestions Fairygirl and Logan. The box faces East, though in a sheltered courtyard, and is quite small. Like the idea of using small hebes, might try that. Have already got herbs and strawbs in the garden (woodland strawberries seem bent on world domination, but I don't mind, they're so sweet and yummy).

Window box

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 16:38

possibly a bit late in the season, but I'm looking to plant up my small window box with something a bit different this year. Getting a bit bored with geraniums and such. Anyone got any bright ideas?

What to top bug hotel with

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 20:35

Well, Edd, the geezer is a recognised expert on weeds (I have a new-found respect for the little blighters now, they are so clever at sensing when conditions are ideal for procreating). Have you had success with nettles for butterflies, or a bug hotel? I'd still like to build one, but only if it's likely to have guests staying!

What to top bug hotel with

Posted: 22/05/2015 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: 22/05/2015 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.

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