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why cover seeds of hardy plants

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 17:30

Hi November member,

I think you might have a point. Last year I tried to grow my own yellow rattle plugs for a wild flower meadow I'm creating. I must have painstakingly sown some 300+ seeds each into individual plug trays. I then ran out of plug trays so just broadcast the remaining seed over the meadow rather than waste it

The plug trays were lovingly nurtured over winter and spring  .... protected from the snow and frost ... but not one germinated.  

The seed that was scattered has flowered beautifully this summer  .... nature knows best.


Channel change today's Instant Gardener

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 07:37

Thanks Kleipieper .... really looking forward to this one.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 08:43

Hi grimble,

We have 10 hives in our garden and don't have a problem .... but the apiary is at a considerable distance from the house with a large meadow area between. You might want to look at where the hives are sited ... it is possible to use hedges / screens to direct the bees flight path up and away from where you will be in the garden.

It might just be one particular hive that is the problem ... if you (or the beekeeper if they are not your hives) can identify a problem hive then re-queening should be considered. Also bees can become a bit feisty if they are queenless and will settle down once they have their new queen.

Hope you can get to the bottom of the problem ... there will be a reason for the change in temperament ...  just needs a bit of detective work to figure it out.


Slug pellet removal...

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 13:11

Chris .... you could consider mulching over them so that they are covered.

Me Vs Slugs

Posted: 01/07/2015 at 13:08

Hi All,

The only problem I have with putting slugs into the compost bins is that when I come to use the compost I'm concerned that I will be spreading slugs and their eggs on to the borders when I mulch with it.

Alan's new series

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 20:33

As others have said, far too many features in too small a space.

I thought the plastic flower / plant wall was awful ... and they tore down the 3 nice diamond shaped trellis panels that looked to be supporting 3 carefully chosen plants. This seemed to be the one bit of the garden that the husband had completed before he died sad then that it was removed.

Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:41

Hi Caral,

Many thanks for flagging this up .... I wasn't aware that it's use was illegal. Hopefully the application currently being considered will make it through. 

I first started using neem when I read an article by Carol Klein suggesting it ... and also using epsom salts as a plant tonic (which probably also hasn't been approved for gardening purposes either!)


Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 07:50

Hi Nicola8,

Good luck with the neem ....I find it really effective in preventing aphid attacks ... but also saw for preventing sawfly on solmons seal and gooseberries.

As it's a totally natural product I've no qualms about using it.


Rose cutting from St Georges day?

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 06:36

Hi Edd,

A couple of years ago we were at an open air drama / music event at Melrose Abbey.

There was an area in the abbey with about 50 beautiful single stem red roses just scattered about as part of the performance ... probably been there for at least a day. Also, it was late autumn ... so they are likely to have been imported.

At the end of the evening each member of the audience was given a rose  ... I was there with my husband so we had two. They had nice strong stems so I cut off the blooms into a short vase ... and put the stems into a trench in the raspberry beds with some sand at the base. I wasn't expecting them to do anything ... but they did begin to grow  ... so after 18 months I lifted them and potted them on. They had decent root systems. They are now in big pots on a sunny patio and are about to flower !  ...... I can't wait to see what they come out like.

So worth leaving your 2 and seeing what happens.


Is it a 'good' year for aphids, greenfly & blackfly?

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 13:20

Hi Caral & Katherine,

Try using a spray of diluted Neem oil ... it is totally organic.

See this link for further info.

and this one for how to make it.

I use it as soon as growth starts in April and I drench the foliage. Any spare solution goes onto the soil below as the earthworms are supposed to love it. I repeat spray every few weeks.

Neem is best used preventatively .... but will work on pests that have already arrived. It  does not hurt beneficial insects. Only chewing and sucking insects are affected. The main reason is that insects need to ingest the neem oil to be affected, and beneficial insects don't eat your plants. However, you can still kill beneficial insects if you smother them with neem oil, so I tend to spray late evening to be safe.

It does stink a bit ... but is easy to mix up and apply.

I got mine off ebay .... wasn't expensive for a big bottle which will last ages. At room temperature it is solid, but goes liquid again with a couple of hours in the airing cupboard.

Worth a try.

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