Latest posts by Botticelliwoman

bald patch on lawn

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 08:07

astro turf?

Slugs and snails

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 07:46

I don't tend to kill anything in the garden, even the slugs and snails which feed a whole host of other critters.  I use gravel, copper tape, egg shells etc to stop the wholesale destruction of my favourite plants.  By chance, as it has a path running past it, I put all my young plants by the pond to harden off and none of them have been nibbled.  I'm presuming as the pond is home to frogs and newts and is visited by birds and hedgehogs, any slugs are quickly despatched

Talkback: Native versus non-native plants

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 07:35

We're running a simple survey to find out which are the most popular wildlife friendly plants in gardens.  If you want to take part, visit our facebook page Wildlife Gardening Club and download the doc.  Hopefully we'll be able to compile a 'top ten'


Posted: 05/06/2012 at 06:59

Looking good Marshmello!  It really doesn't matter what form you have water in the garden, as long as you have it! It is probably the single most important thing for wildlife


Posted: 04/06/2012 at 07:36

You can make a small pond out of anything watertight.  A friend of mine used one of those kiddies shell-shaped sand-pits and it worked well.  If it's for wildlife, leave out the fish as you'll need a pump, which will hoick the price up, and generally fancy fish and wildlife don't mix.  Ideally it should be a metre deep at it's deepest to prevent it freezing totally, otherwise you'll be out with pans of hot water thawing the ice!  One side at least should be gradually sloping as hedgehogs and baby birds like to make a habit of falling in and need some way of getting out again.  You can do this by adding stones if you have a high, smooth sided pond (like a bath-tub) but the easiest method is to dig out the shape you want and use pond liner.  Alternatively you can have an above ground pond (better if you have children and/or pets) made out of something like a half-barrel.  Again, make sure that you include a way for wildlife to get in and out

Forget me not

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 08:50

The first year the plant will develop leaves and roots, then flower and set seed the following year. 


Posted: 02/06/2012 at 08:38

Corkscrew Hazel?

Slugs and Snails

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 08:36

The Saint.....if you use yoghurt pots half filled with beer and don't sink them right into the ground, ie leave a lip about half an inch above ground, beetles don't usually fall in.

There are folks who empty the beer and slugs onto their compost heaps every couple of days, or if they are making comfrey tea, slop it into to the mix....not sure whether thats a wise move or not!


Posted: 29/05/2012 at 07:42

I grow nasturtium especially for the whites

Gardeners World Live

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 07:38

Yes Steve, it's well worth a 2 hour drive

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