Latest posts by Bouleversee

How to make leafmould

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 18:52

Monty Don showed us a handful of crumbly leafmould last week which he said was from last year's leaves.  My last year's leaves are pretty much as they were when I put them in chickenwire bays.  I watered them when I first put them in but left it to the elements thereafter; they are not covered.  I have just transferred the contents of one to the other to make room for this year's and hoped that there would be some usablel leafmould at the bottom but all I found was compacted wet leaves.  Those at the top were quite dry.  What should I be doing that I'm not?

Is it too late to cut hedges?

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 10:48

Thanks.  Will leave it till early Feb. then.

"Look at the Natural England website where it is all set out. Recommended time for cutting hedges is January and February on a three year rotation."   I wouldn't like to leave ours for 3 years, especially the  cuppressus because that goes brown if you cut it back hard and never recovers and I don't want it getting any taller or wider.  I'd really like to have it done twice a year but at £350 a pop I can't afford that.  I used to have it done in the Autumn but the last couple of years couldn't get anyone to do it then.    


Is it too late to cut hedges?

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 21:41

We were let down by our hedge cutters this Autumn and as my husband has been in hospital I haven't found a replacement.  Is it too late to do it now this year, assuming I can find anyone to do them (we have various hedges: yew, leylandii, beech, holly) and if not should frosty days be avoided?  They were last cut in mid-February but the yew in particular needs doing again.

aphids on apple trees

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 22:36

Thanks, I'll try the w/u liquid.

aphids on apple trees

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 19:52

The new shoots of my cordon (or they  may be espalier) apple tress are infested with aphids.  Now that the fruits are forming, what can I do about this?  Is spraying with washing up liquid effective?  If not, what is safe to use,or should I just cut off the infected shoots?

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 18:32

No tree hugging or anything out of the ordinary, apparently.  Bruises almost faded now.  Looks like will remain a mystery - sorry to disappoint you all.  Will come back if any further developments.

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 12:14

The marks are on the insides of their arms, however, but I agree that they do look like pressure marks. I've just had a look at the bark of our oak tree and it does have sharp edges.  I wonder if they hugged the tree and then other kids piled on top of them.  Will ask daughter to make more enquiries.  Beginning to feel like Miss Marples.

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 10:04

Good point, Sara.  Will ask about that.

Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 22:01

Nor have I but there are a lot of things I haven't seen and my knowledge of bloodvessels is limited.  However, I think it is far more likely that some bacterium has travelled down the latter than that the kids have beaten themselves up in some way and I can't think what way.  GD loves school btw and certainly wouldn't want to miss it  I would accept that it might be due to some activity that both had been involved in  (though can't think what) except that GD was certainly not involved in any activity (other than hanging around hospital)  in the day  between the lesions appearing on the first and second arms.   .

I sent the photo to the dr. who writes on medical issues at The Times (they invite questions) and he thought it might possibly be contact dermatitis which I still don't buy.  Haven't told him latest development.  Still a mystery. 


Contact dermatitis from plants

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 16:04

No, this was what I was thinking of (how would you like this in your garden?) but the toxic effects are different.





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