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Latest posts by Anniemarshy

Talkback: How to deter slugs with copper tape

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 18:22

Sheep wool laid in a circle around the stem of plants works.  

Unwelcome rabbits

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 18:18

Our chickens chase rabbits away, and they lay eggs!

Sad looking Forsythia- Goldmine

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 18:04

I agree with Verdun, it just needs time.

Ground Cover

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 18:00

All the vincas are fast growing and have flowers, I planted it on a dry bank two years ago and now have to keep throwing it's plantlets onto the compost bin.  

Big Bold Purple Plants (for August 2014)

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 21:02

I get some seed catalogues sent to you and let the bride have a look through them.


Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:55

Skimmia Japonica, mahonia (check it's an evergreen one), Vibernum bodnantense Dawn, pulmonaria, alchemilla mollis, geranium macrorrhizum, and periwinkle.  They are all fairly fast growing and the perennials spread quickly.  Excepting the alchemilla I have them all in leaf or flower in the garden at the moment.  The vibernum can get tall but I chop mine back hard in summer when it stops flowering and haven't killed it yet.  Good luck

Cleome - garden revival

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:05

Thanks the hens were on borrowed time, but they started laying Christmas Day so they are safe!


Rosemary Bush

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 20:02

I would prune it a couple of inches above its lowest leaves, it should survive.  I have one in a similiar state and I'm going to start taking cuttings to make new plants as I've found the older it gets the more likely it is to snap, especially with the strong winds we've been having.

Feeding large birds

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 22:30

If you manage to attract small birds you will have plenty of food for magpies and crows! 

Evil foxes/cats

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 22:28

Try spreading lion dung around, you can buy it in dried form from garden centres.  Also as suggested human pee, they seem to dislike girls more than boys,  I've successfully got rid of badgers from a garden this way!

If you can borrow a dog and let them pee over your garden this helps too.

Foxes and cats don't seem to like shiny things either especially mirrors.

You don't say if you are in a rural or urban situation, you could try asking your local authority if they can get rid of them if there's a lot.  We are rural and the local farmers take care of them when they breed too successfully.

Good luck

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