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Slug explosion

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 08:06

Linda Fairweather, they were probably tossed over the fence by your neighbour, LOL.

Woody Lavender

Posted: 11/03/2016 at 00:16

I wouldn't cut back into the old wood, but cut back as far as the lowest live buds You can see. you say they're tall - are they getting enough light? The more sunlight the better for lavenders. May have outgrown their pots too? 

Advice needed

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 18:12

What a lovely thing to do! How big is the garden to be? I'm guessing it'll have to be wheelchair friendly, so maybe some raised beds could be incorporated. Maybe get the kids involved in the design of the garden too. Planting veggies and herbs will provide good educational/cooking angle for the kids. Small trees, arches, arbours etc with climbers scrambling up them will add height - something often overlooked when designing a garden. A pond would be great for bringing in wildlife. It can be really small and shallow (don't want kids or animals drowning) but it's amazing how quickly frogs, damsel flies etc appear. 

Re hedging, how about using wild roses (think they're called guelder roses?) they usually have pink flowers, sometimes white, with a wonderful scent. Or a mix of native hedging - hawthorn etc. Great for birds and insects, don't need regular trimming, and the rose thorns might help keep rabbits at bay (though no doubt the elf and safety lot will deem them to be too dangerous for kids. The thorns I mean, not the wabbits).

What's eating my snowdrops?

Posted: 01/03/2016 at 17:34

Is something eating my snowdrops? I've noticed some of the flowers have been completely denuded of petals, leaving only the calyx intact. Very upsetting, as I love my snowdrops. It's not because they've gone over, cos the petals turn brown and shrivel before they drop, and I can't see any sign of slugs. Weird! can anyone shed light on this problem? 

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?

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