Berghill


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Hedgerow recommendations.

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 08:29

Unless you need to keep out animals (cows and sheep) or humans, then avoid anything with thorns or prickles. They are very difficult to cut and disposing of the trimmings is a nightmare. Believe me I know, we have a 60 feet long mixed Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Holly hedge at the front and cutting it is a nightmare of pain and followed by hours of splinter removing, even when wearing gauntlets. Blackthorn (Sloe) is especially bad as every splinter in the hand turns septic.

Plant id

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 20:42

Possibly Physostegia virginiana alba.

Gardening & what else?

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 10:32

I used to do freehand embroidery. I used to read a lot. I used to write Children's stories. Now I am in so much pain after gardening it takes me all my time just to sit in a chair. So my hobbies have stopped.

Please, guide me, oh wise ones of the Forum. X

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:12

And now for the encouragement. You say this is a new garden? Therein lies the problem and in a way the solution. There is no ecological balance .....yet. That takes time to come about, but it will in the end. The hoverflies, wasps and ladybirds and other aphid eaters will appear. Frogs and toads might assist you in the mollusc reduction, Birds will eat other pests and in the end you will learn to live with the occasional disaster.

Please, guide me, oh wise ones of the Forum. X

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:07

Look at it this way, you could have moles and badgers as well. We have!

Hydrangea paniculata Sundae Fraise

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 17:42

A soil based one would be best.

Plant ID Please

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 20:54

Not a thug here either, find it hard to keep them going.

Black bugs

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 12:32

Think about it Tooey. Any insect which crawls into a flower and gets covered in pollen and then goes to another flower is going to flower is helping will pollination.

There are bats and monkeys and bird in other parts of the world which do it too!

Mildew

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 11:03

Sulphur is not really good for human consumption, so I would be very wary of using it on fruit if you are going to collect the berries. If, like ours the berries have been picked then perhaps.

Usual reason for mildew is dryness at the roots. Try watering the bush, even if it has rained. Or spray with a 9 parts water to one part milk solution. That has been known to deal with Mildew and at least it is not toxic to us.

Black bugs

Posted: 07/07/2015 at 10:54

We gave up growing Sweet peas because  we just could not get rid of them from inside the flowers when they were picked for the house. Harmless creatures which do as much pollinating as bees at this time of year, but a bit of a nuisance in cut flowers.

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