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Latest posts by Berghill

Dealing with garden waste

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:38

Why waste it all by putting it in a Wheelie Bin for the Council to  Compost. In a garden of this size you almost certainly could find room for a set of three compost bins. Ours were made from 6 feet long 6 inch wide half logs. Everything except flowering weeds or persistent roots, goes in to them.

Dock roots, dandelions, couch, etc all go onto  another pile called the Non-compost heap. This is covered with plastic sheeting and left to 'fester' for 5 years and has turned into really good compost in that time.

As said, woody material can be shredded and either used as mulch or added to the grass cuttings to aid decomposition.

Non blooming daffodils

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 12:17

Yes. High in potash to help flower formation and low in nitrogen so not making greenery at the expense of flowers.

Non blooming daffodils

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 09:43

Lots of questions about 'blind' Daffs this year. Feed them is the answer. Now with a  low nitrogen foliage feed. Or dig them up and replant in smaller groups with food under them. Do not cut off the leaves or tie them in knots.

Anyone able to identify this plant?

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 08:55

There are a lot of different forms of this. Sadly there is now no longer a National Collection of them, so many of them are no longer easily available.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 20:47

No, Chicky. We have no parking facilities so any visitors would have to be by appointment and that is a big can of worms. Sad in a way.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 18:38

So how about a walk round the old place today?

Spider mites on rosemary?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 17:47

You do not get spider mites outside in Britain. They cannot stand the cold and damp.

Probably more due to cold, Rosemary is not really hardy.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 12:25

What? Disposing of them when they do not perform to expectations!

Blind Daffodils

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 17:48

If you want them to flower then leave them alone, do not even tie them up. They need the leaves to make food for next years flowering. Might even be worth feeding them with a low nitrogen foliage feed too.

Blackcurrant leaf trouble

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 17:07

Blister aphids

Sap-sucking aphids cause the leaves of currant bushes to become distorted, with raised, puckered areas and patches of yellow-green or red.


If the symptoms were evident last summer, in winter get rid of the eggs by spraying plants with an enzyme wash, which will quickly dissolve them.


In spring, spray plants with the systemic insecticide pyrethrum to kill the emerging aphids. Don't wait for the symptoms to appear, as there's no point in spraying once the leaves have become puckered.

Discussions started by Berghill

Ptilostemon afer

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Bearded Iris

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Nectaroscordum siculum

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Chlorotic leaves

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Camassia changing colour

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Health and Safety

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Posting removal

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Garden Pictures 2015

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Early Spring

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First Hellebore!

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Olearia x haastii

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Growers or Killers?

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Snowdrops have started

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Shredder Bosch AXT2000HP

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