Caz W

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Talkback: Leaf-cutter bees

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 22:58

Saw one this year making a home underneath some sempervivums in a pot next to a sheltered wall. It was fascinating to watch this little creature tunnelling under the gravel into the gritty soil.  It looked as if it was flying in on a little green magic carpet.  Kept me entertained for hours! 


Depressed apple tree owner - needs help...

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 22:54

Have to say sorry now for blaming the squirrels for eating them


Posted: 30/09/2012 at 22:52

What is your secret to getting such lovely fuchsia plants in pots? What do you feed them with - they look so healthy?

Berry-eating birds will need more help this year

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 19:46

As well as apples and dried fruit our blackbirds always seem to enjoy oats.  I started putting oats out when I heard they would encourage wrens but so far I haven't come across any bird that doesn't eat them.  I get the "value" ones from the supermarket own brand labels.  In the very cold weather I melt some lard and mix it in to give them a bit more ooomph!  Thanks for bringing this to our attention Dove


Acer problems

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 18:40

Don't worry Trucker, my 5 year old acer looks like that at the beginning of Autumn (and its terracotta pot gets greener too!) but has lovely new leaves in the Spring.

Am I posting too much?

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 18:53

I swear too ... by Glucosamine to help with joint pain.  I bet a few of us are suffering this evening after a busy day in the garden!





Posted: 29/09/2012 at 18:18

Strewberry - how do you keep the slugs off those lovely dahlias?  Like Jean, the slugs always win the battle.  I don't like using slug pellets as I have lots of wildlife visitors - maybe if I didn't feed them so much they would eat the slugs!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 22:52

According to the Met Office tomorrow looks good for gardeners everywhere   Better get the shopping done early tomorrow morning ...


Most places dry and bright with good sunny spells. Showers in the north will gradually ease. A chilly evening in the south, but rain arriving in the northwest.

Inspiration and ideas needed

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 12:50

Hi Jeff, if you're on a tight budget there are lots of cheap and cheerful spring bulbs on sale in places like Poundstretchers.  I bought a few last year just to try them out as I wasn't sure how good they'd be but they were all fine.  Just been down today and got some more - for example 10 Dwarf Narcissi Mixed for £1.29 or 2 packs for £2.  They had larger daffs, tulips, snowdrops and fritillaries too. Would look great in pots in front of your dark sleepers.


Posted: 26/09/2012 at 13:50

I find twigs work just fine - used prunings from large fuschia in the spring - but was surprised to find lots of them started growing.  Not sure if this is a good or bad thing!

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