Latest posts by Briggsy

How to remove grass from established border

Posted: 22/11/2012 at 11:15

I moved house last year and inherited some wonderful established borders. The previous owner spent over 40 years establishing shrubs, perenials & thousands of spring bulbs.

The problem is that in the last 5 - 6 years things got away from him and as well as a large array of invasive weeds, the lawn has grown in over large areas. I don't want to dig as I will disturb the spring bulbs & perenials.

Any suggestions on how I get rid of the grass?

Something is digging up my Jerusalem artichokes

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 10:25

I have spread curry powder & so far no return of the nocturnal vandal.

I read that if you cook the fartychokes with winter savory then you get around the windy issue, so I have grown that aswell. Proof is in the pudding as they say!

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 11:20

I did try spraying with a 50/50 vinegar water spray, but after a minute of writhing in agony, the slug rolled around int the damp soil, seamed to recover himself and carry on his way. If you don't like picking them up, I find a small hand trowel does the job so long as they are not on a leaf. I heard someone else say they used chop sticks!

Something is digging up my Jerusalem artichokes

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 08:25

I do know the difference, however with no river within 5 miles of us, I assumed it was a bit of opportunism by another animal.

Moving a hob vine

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 08:22

Thank you Auntie Betty very helpful.

I noticed that the outside growth has taken a bashing whilst the inside growth has produced perfect blemish free flowers. So I am guessing that a sheltered spot is also a good idea. 

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 20:31

If they didn't come back, I would happily relocate them to another part of the garden.

Malt vineger (I don't dilute). They are dead in seconds and no fizzing,  the vineger preserves them so there are no bad smells and you can use the same pot until it is full, then on to the compost heap.

Lidl sell pint bottles at 17p, so not an expensive exercise.

I only protect the veggies, everything else has to fend for itself. Don't forget to leave the leopard slugs alone, they eat the others. I have one inside the polytunnel on daily patrol, it is now 7" long so must be eating well!

Moving a hob vine

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:59


Does anyone have experience in moving a hob vine.

We moved into our house last November. A vine climbing over an old shed was ignored all summer (in fact shrunk every time the other half was out with the strimmer).

However I had to go into the shed recently and discovered huge hop flowers hanging of the vine on the inside. Now the other half has taken note as he brews beer.

We need to move the vine as the old shed is due for demolition.

Any advice would be received with thanks.

Something is digging up my Jerusalem artichokes

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:54

Thanks, I am trying hot curry powder as a deterent. I hope you are wrong as they are not easy to keep away, and if they get in the polytunne it will be carnage!

We lost a big carp from the pond earlier in the year and I did wonder then if it was a badger. The fish was left on the side not eaten!

Something is digging up my Jerusalem artichokes

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 16:48

Thanks Maud, I thought of that, however found some forum threads that said Badgers don't dig them up. However I also read that chilli powder can put them off, so will try & see if that stops the problem. Shame to loose the first years crop.

Something is digging up my Jerusalem artichokes

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 16:32


I planted Jerusalum artichokes this year which have reached an impressive 10 feet tall, and are still going strong. HOWEVER last night some animal, of a large nature came and dug big holes in the ground and helped himself to several. One was pulled clean out of the ground, pulled to one side and munched , there are teeth marks on the stem!

Does anyone know what it is likely to be. We are pretty rural, on the edge of a small wood with open farmland around? I can not see any trails in the wet grass large enoungh, just one hedgehog size & I do not suspect him.

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