Latest posts by blairs

weed, plant or veggie?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:42

Possibly Mint Bazanti? Give it a rub and sniff your finger.

Help, foxes keep eating strawberries and raspberries

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 18:41

Are you sure? At this time of year neither rasp or strawbs have fruit. If they are a problem later on in the year then you can buy a rigid netting to go over the plants.

Talkback: Slugs and snails and pussycat tails

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 20:48

Copper does work and making a fence out of it sounds a good idea - make it high and deep enough for them not to climb over (they can climb up to a overhanging leaf!) or burrow underneath.

I have frogs in my garden and also many slugs - they rarely go for slugs as they prefer juicy worms. Perhaps Toads eat slugs more often and people get confused?

Slug pellets are the best thing I have used to get rid of them, at least for a few weeks. I only find really small ones now.

A not very nice way of ctching lots of slugs is to stab a large one with a brach or stick. It leaks its stomach and that attracts loads of nearby slugs by dusk  (slugs will eat other slugs and snails).

Drooping Birch Tree

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 20:40

It may be wind burn, it has been very wet and windy and cold. So early autumning. You normally do not prune Birch. If you really have to it is normally done in late winter as sap is low and Birch bleeds sap readily and pruning often kills them.

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 20:38

Hello and welcome.

Best advice that I can offer is to get the largest greenhouse you can afford and have in your garden. Over a short time you will fill it up, esp over winter.

I would say that a wooden greenhouse with glass is best option. Metal frame with glass or plastic comes second. Those lightweight plastic bag growframes that you see are not really worth it.

Getting electricty and water in the greenhouse is also something you should plan for.

Location - west facing if possible, also sheltered is good as you do not want it to smash in strong winds.

Waterlogged border

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 20:31
Evelyn2 wrote (see)

grey clay ( which by the way burns into terracotta if moulded and thrown on an ordinary fire)...

Great - did not know that. I have some of the grey-lbue stuff in my garden. It does kind of mix with compost but still is rubbish to work with so I have been digging it out. I might try and make terracotta pots out of it, make it work for me!

Water retaining gel crystals

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 20:28

Slugs like to rest in them during the day...suppose it is a good spot to try and catch them, but also a source of problems. For pots and baskets that dry out too quickly I think they are great. I did put spent compost with the gel in it into a border and the damn stuff has not degraded, kind of stuck with patches of wet gel in the border.

Water retaining gel crystals

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 18:15

I add the dry gel with the compost, only a small amount. If you add it wet then it makes a mess and it is difficult to mix it - you end up with globs of the stuff instead of an even mix. I use miracle gro gel and it works well. Certainly expands and retains with all this rain!


Posted: 08/05/2012 at 22:48
Green Magpie wrote (see)

I've ordered the perennials too. Don't know where I'm going to put them all but I can't resist a bargain!

Me idea where they are going to go but a bargain is a bargain and it had to be bought.

Waterlogged border

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 22:45

Even with the heavy rain the only areas that flooded in my garden are areas on the lawn with heavy compaction. I suggest that you need to fork over the area to help drainage and as others have said add some grit and compost to help it. A raised bed will also help. if all else fails try bog plants!

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