Latest posts by burhinus

Gravel Garden

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 19:58

Thanks Salino

My designated area is quite small so I will not be running into mock riverbeds, just not sure at this stage whether to use a membrane or not. I am on very heavy clay so am going to wait until late summer then dig sand and gravel into the clay, then cover with a really good covering of gravel. I want to try and reduce the fertility of the soil a bit I think, but still open to ideas from others. I have had a good luck around and Beth Chatto seems to be the gravel bed queen.

slugs and snails

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 20:16

Perhaps not good to be mentioning a rival magazine but there is an offer in this months Kitchen Garden for nematodes, buy 2 packs and get 1 free.  I have just ordered. For the last few weeks we have been putting Melon skin on our beds (skin upwards) then going out at night with a torch and knife. Been catching up to 20 each time, they really like Melon.


Posted: 12/04/2012 at 20:13

Germination rates can decrease with age and it depends also where they have been stored. Many garden centres have their seeds for sale in greenhouse type buildings so that cannot be good for them even when fresh.

I believe some seeds were found inside some of the pyriamids, possibly corn, which germinated when sown.

Bog gardening

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 20:07


Not a native but Lysicitum Americana Skink Cabbage is a cracker.

Bird Feeders on the allotment?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 22:03

A better way to attract birds might be to erect some nest boxes. If there are pests on the plot they will be taken to feed the young.  You could also heap up sticks or stick a kettle somewhere in the hope a robin will build.

Good birds to encourage would be tits, robins, dunnocks and thrushes.

Discourage, ducks, pigeons,doves, partridges and pheasants.

Native Wildlife Hedging

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 21:57

As others have said look to see what is gropwing in the area. Someone mentioen Privet, I dont think this is native.


Posted: 11/04/2012 at 21:53

Porridge Oats mixed with a little veg oil is good for them also.

You can purchase or make a hog box.


Posted: 11/04/2012 at 21:49

I have nevr used it but Lion pooh is supposed to be a deterrent. I have seen it for sale in some garden centres.  Also try pepper.


Posted: 11/04/2012 at 21:47

Hi happymarion

Some nice moody shots

Talkback: How to damp down your greenhouse

Posted: 10/04/2012 at 21:25

Try spraying Apple Cider Vinegar into the cracks. Damp down first then spray vinegar.

Discussions started by burhinus

Making Compost

As site dedicated to the making of perfect compost 
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Gravel Garden

I am thinking of creating a drought tolerant gravel garden 
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