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New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:57

P.S. You can pee in a bowl and dilute that if being female makes standing over the bin difficult!!! Friends with small children who are still not shy are useful, the kiddiwinkles love peeing in the heap - as long as they understand that is the only place they can do it in a garden!!

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:55

You can put just about anything in your compost bin except cooked food - that will encourage rats and those I am sure you do not want.  How long it takes to break down will depend upon how hot it gets in there, and how big the bin is.  I would not put perrenial weeds in, things like dock, ground elder and so on, as home compost bins don't - on the whole - get hot enough to kill the seeds, and then all you do is spread seeds all over your garden when you use it - not pretty!  Add eggshells, crushed to help them break down, chop cauliflower type stems as they are big and take time, dry leaves, add some water if it doesn't rain, and turn regularly - a heavy job that I cannot do so as others say, add your lawn trimmings in small amounts with screwed up paper and so on.

New turf

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:50

No, not for quite a while yet, the poor thing needs water and rest - daily water if you are having no rain, and to be left well alone to allow the roots to grow down into the soil you carefully prepared for the turf before you laid it.   It can have a very gentle high as possibe cut in about 8 weeks to get the plants to bush up and make the grass thicker.  It is a mass of baby plants with their roots cut offf, be kind to it if you want it to serve you well for a long time. 

Moles!

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:47

...there probably is!  It does seem that there are alot of them this year, our roadside verges are heaped high - must get out there and gather some soil for the seed trays.

You can do things with noise to make them dislike your area, open plastic bottles in the holes make a nasty noise they don't like - there are commercial mole scarers too - don't know how effective they are against the gentlemen in velvet, It used to be said that moth balls dropped in the holes made them dislike that tunnel too, but as you can't get moth balls any more that's no good - maybe ammonia or something like that?

Hope someone knows more for you about this. 

Speedwell

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 17:42

aha dove, you would recognise my non lawn then, full of all sorts of flowers, little violas, bugle, speedwell, cover, bits of falling over geranium, daisies, but no dandelions, the one I cannot tolerate!  Still gets mowed, now and again, and is still low enough to sit on and enjoy but no greensward - couldn't do that anyway bcause of tree roots. 

clematis leaf problem

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:16

Snails killed a lovely clematis Miss Bateman, they just ate all the bark all the way round, virtually overnight. It seems that some are more attractive than others to mollusc attack - I've had to give up on Miss Bateman, even in a pot she didn't make it - pity, one of the best white clems I think. 

Yellowing leaves on escallonia

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:14

Escallonia seem just to do this, I wonder if it is when they get a bit cool?  They are green all year so they do have to shed leaves at some point, it certainly has been nothing to worry about over the years - suppose it depends just how much of the shrub is going yellow?  A general feed can't hurt, they don't need ericaceous feed just something like seaweed mixture. 

What could this hole be?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:11

Been watching with great joy bees around my hanging baskets - the only plants that are in the sun yet.  Also I have a large container if Anagalis skylover, which is not only the most amazing colour of blue, the bees love it.  It has to be really cold and dark for there not to be several there.  Lots of the usual suspects have bees at present, but the best is yet to come with buddlea and the annuals which are not doing quite yet. The particular one that amuses me is the echinops, the bees seem to get quite drunk on the nectar, and can just hang there all day until it gets cool and then they leave, to return again the next morning. 

Best fruit cage materials?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 12:03

Try two westss and elliot, cheaper than agriframes.  I have an awkwardly shaped site that I wanted to use for a fruit cage, I sent them the measurements and they sorted out exactly what I needed, sent it out with instructions - excellent value.  They do their things in various thicknesses etc., so yu cafn choose what you can afford and what your preferred appearance is. I find the cage excellent, as we grow currants, apples, cherries, bluberries gooseberries etc, and would have little fruit without it. 

Speedwell

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 11:57

I've got it too, and I'm afraid I love it - it gives those lovely blue flowers under all sorts of things, pops up on my excuse for a lawn, and generally cheers my day!  If it does come where I don't want it, I think it is easy enough to remove by hand. 

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