Latest posts by Berghill

Nepeta - catmint

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 08:49

To give the plant a good start I usually put an upturned wire hanging basket over it. That stays there until the plant has built up a reasonable spread.

Last edited: 28 April 2017 08:50:17

Nepeta - catmint

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 20:32

Our cats ignore the Nepeta, until I disturb it, They go mad for the scent, so once it is planted and left alone, they will not bother with it.

SHRUB ID PLEASE. (lost the label)

Posted: 27/04/2017 at 16:00

Leptospernum scoparium possibly Electric Red.

I.D please

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 15:37

Carex pendula. A thug of the worst kind. We have not allowed  it to grow here for over 20 years and still we get seedlings.

Eranthis cilicica (one of the Winter Aconites)

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:41

Don't wait for them to turn brown though. Gently stroke the seed pods and if they open then take the seed while it is still pale coloured. Sow straight away, cover lightly and keep moist. Rodents love them so take care. they do not need any heat, just keeping moist.

Not so black and white

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 08:44
Wayside says:

@Berghill what do you think is the trick with the bottles?  Why do badgers dislike them?

See original post

 Absolutely no idea, it was something told to me by another badger sufferer. We also hung strips of plastic on the fence as the flapping is supposed to spook them.

We have 5 setts within a mile of us.

Rosadendrum help

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 20:21

Stop watering with tap water. If you must water it then only use rain water. I would give it a dose of Sequestrene to counteract the effect of the tap water. BUT only if the soil is very dry. They do not like to be waterlogged.


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:02

Good time to feed them too.

Not so black and white

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:00

Very difficult to stop them. We lost over 3,000 tulip bulbs t them last year. All you can do is find the point of entry and block it off. I have had to put a couple of hundred metres of wire netting fence around the perimeter.

We were told that they would not dig where there were empty (well half full of water to stop them blowing away) clear plastic bottles. Looks a bit odd, but they have not come back in since we put up the fencing and placed the bottles round the base of it.

They are creatures of habit so if you can break the habit of them coming into your garden then the problem may well go away.

Most of the things suggested on the Web are actually illegal so take care.


Posted: 21/04/2017 at 14:37

The active ingredient is Cypermethrine which is a pyrethroid and thus toxic to Bees, Fish and Cats.

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