Latest posts by Botticelliwoman


Posted: 16/05/2012 at 06:58

The best way is to attract starlings to your garden.  Try siting a feeder with suet pellets in near the problem area.  Once you have starlings, if they need encouragement, scatter pellets on the ground where you need them to work.


Posted: 16/05/2012 at 06:50

I found a fat snail in my growhouse a couple of days ago.....along with a lot of munched cosmos seedlings.  The snails must have thought it was a slide-thru cafe!!!  I have copper-taped my growhouses now and use copper tape on my hosta pots, everything else is left to the birds and beasties.
One point on beer traps....don't sink the container flush with the ground, leave a lip of a few mm, the slugs and snails will still get in but the ground beetles won't.
I noticed some stuff (brown pellets) at the garden centre that is supposed to repel slugs and snails that you can use round your plants.  It's allegedly organic, has anybody tried it?


Posted: 16/05/2012 at 06:39

I have some dwarf cornflower (I think they're called 'midget blue') that seem to be coming along well in pots; they're not strictly wildflowers but the bees love 'em.  You could try red clover and birds-foot trefoil too


Posted: 16/05/2012 at 06:35

leave them on....and enjoy the pretty little flowers


Posted: 15/05/2012 at 07:11

Ahhhh, frost! That'll be the culprit.....out with the fleece then.  Thanks all


Posted: 14/05/2012 at 06:56

I bought a small gunnera for the pond side a couple of weeks ago.  I planted it in a very large pot which has been sunk into the ground (I'm not sure that I have it where I want it and thought the pot would make it easier to move).  The leaves are going brown and curling.  Does it need more water than it's getting? Should it be in loam rather than compost? Help!!!!

Murky water in Pond

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 06:52

I use a solar fountain in my wildlife pond too which keeps the worst of the blanket weed down, though I still have to twirl a stick occasionally, until the waterlilies leaves start spreading, after that the pond is fine without the fountain.

Talkback: Cleavers

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 07:49

One good thing about cleavers....if you cut yourself in the garden, squished cleavers pressed against the cut will stop the bleeding; it's a natural coagulant

gardeners world live

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 09:01

We did it in one day and were shattered, mind you we walked round about three times! It's quite a way from the car park (and you have to pay for parking so 2 days might be expensive on that front).  I agree with Gary though, I doubt there's enough to see over 2 days, it just depends on your stamina!!!!

Tiny white bits on plants.

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 07:25

I've wondered for years what those white things were......thanks Pam 

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