Berghill


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Badgers or Crows - Terrible Damage

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 20:39

Badgers dig much deeper holes, Believe me, my garden is under attack so I know what the damage they do looks like.

Houses with lots of land

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 10:45

May one interject a word of warning here?

If you need to work full time to pay the mortgage on a property with a large garden then you do not have the time, normally, to do the work on the garden. Our young neighbours have discovered this and their half acre plot is rapidly going back to weed infested scrub, as they both work long hours to get enough money to live.

We managed with our 1 acre garden purely and simply because I was retired and could work on it full time.

Now we are both getting on and feeling less fit, this garden is beginning to be hard to maintain as well.

Sorry to be a bit negative, but it is something which always strikes me when watching these Move to the Country programmes on TV. Especially with folks who have never owned a large garden before.

Bluebells

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 20:41

Did read about some rather different shades of blue found in  a wood in France one time, but not heard any more of it since.

 

Bluebells

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 17:55

British bluebells do not come in any other colour than blue, so it must be either a hybrid or Spanish.

Plant ID please!

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 10:19

Look remarkably like Cornus sanguinea stems.

my Kilmarnock willow problem

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 17:03

Willows flower next year on wood produced this year. so if you pruned it at the wrong time (easily done( then that could be the problem. If not then you need to encourage it to produce new growth. Now is the right time to cut it back and feed it.

Moles

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 08:35

Tried this a few years back, the mole just moved a couple of feet away and dug a new set of tunnels.

Moles

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:22

No idea, but here is is most definitely sub-soil, not top soil and since there were three other houses here which were allowed to fall down and the remains spread out over the land there is plenty of rubbish for them to bring up.

I have read in the books about using mole hill soil for seed sowing, as presumably it is 'sterile' but never worked for me.

Moles

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 17:41

Well we have trapped them, tried every old wives tale preventative and nothing works. Eventually they come back in from the fields around us. Even our neighbours expert mole killing cat cannot deal with the numbers we get.

Did pour 200 gallons of grey water down the runs and that kept them away for a couple of years though. Did whiff a bit.

Most of the tunnel blocking ideas are great for forcing them to dig more tunnels, often just alongside the old one.

And as for the soil from the hills. I tried it and it set like concrete. And here it is full of broken glass, crockery and scrap metal.

Iris sibirica

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 15:46

Too late now, it is done and the best pieces planted out. The other bits are in pots. If they flower, all well and good I can sell them, otherwise they can wait until next year. They are still dormant by the way, only just beginning to grow new shoots.

Thanks.

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Monty Don and Potting compost

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More work!

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