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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 22:41

I planted my first lot of sweet pea seeds yesterday. I have one lot in the propagator and the others in the spare bedroom keeping the temperature above 10degC. Has anyone else out there gone for an early sowing?


Posted: 19/01/2013 at 16:34

Hi, I have just bought some garlic bulbs and read somwhere that garlic can help with pests on tomatoes. I've just got my first greenhouse and am looking forward to growing tomatoes this year. Can I plant the garlic directly into the bed in the greenhouse and keep them there? It is unheated.



Tackling erosion

Posted: 06/01/2013 at 21:57

Hi Joe,

The house has been here for 150 years or more and the whole area for miles around is red sandstone which isn't best know for it's stability. However, this bank has been here since at least when the house was built so it can't be that bad, just problems as a result of the recent heavy rain.

I guess the rock face is about 15-20 feet high, that is from the ground floor access path at the right side of the house. Above the rockface and back a few feet is an area of woodland but immediately above the rock face is earth and a tangle of overhanging brambles that we will have to get to grips with, it just not easily accessible.

The escarpment continues behind the house to the left where it is accessed from a walkway at first floor level and is about ten feet above the walkway. Here it is covered with earth, plants and coppiced trees and bushes and this is where the earth has slipped bringing with it some deadwood, gravel and a couple of football sized boulders.

We've seen some degradable jute type membrane on the net that can be bought impregnated with grass or wild flower seeds and/or can be planted through. Have you ever used this? Also I read on a blog of someone who had inserted pieces of slate into their bank in order to support plants until they established, I thought this seemed a possibility.

We're now taking it easy and resting our aching muscles before taking on the next stage. We're thinking we will have to cut back the brambles and treat them with a systemic weedkiller before starting a replanting programme/membrane laying or whatever seems the best solution.

Onward and upward

Carole (sorry I've tried and failed to put up some pics but no joy!)

Tackling erosion

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 19:19

Thank you Welshonion and Dovefromabove for your responses. I don't think a retaining wall is really practical in the situation as there just isn't the space between the house  and the bank,  I'll try to get some photos to post. I have the number of a company to call on Monday about some netting type stuff that can be planted through so I'll see what they have to say.

We're not sure where the water is causing the problem, that is how deep down. We've lived here for six years and this is the first time we've had anything as bad as this.The bank is practically a vertical sandstone cliff  with earth, bushes and brambles at the top and down much of the face of it. It's pretty inaccessible for any meaningful maintenance. The earth on the face/slope varies in depth from nothing (bare rock) to a couple of feet.  Recently there have been a number of local rockfalls brought on by the heavy rain.

It's not somewhere that is likely to cause danger at present, just hard work and inconvenience, but we would really like to prevent it getting any worse if possible.

Tackling erosion

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 17:03

Can anyone advise me please. We have a very steep, almost vertical, high bank at the back of our house that, with all the rain, has partially slipped (my husband has today cleared away 18 barrow loads of sand and rock). The only thing growing there at present is bramble. Ferns in other places seem to have been very effective at holding back the bank and I'd like to extend these but haven't a clue how to start. I have ferns in other places that I could split but would this be the best way to propagate them?

Has anyone out there overcome a similar problem? Any suggestions about what plants might be effective and easy to establish without disturbing the bank too much? Any advise would be very much appreciated.

Something has taken all my apples !

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 23:16

I have a vague recollection of reading somwhere that pepper spray can act as a deterent to squirrels eating the bird nuts, could this idea be expanded to fruiting trees and bushes? Having just planted several fruit trees this year I'm getting very concerned by what I've just read above.....we are a grey squirrel heaven round here and they might just bring all their friends along too.

Talkback: Harlequin ladybirds

Posted: 09/03/2012 at 22:35

I live in Kinver in South Staffs and have a seriously increasing problem with Harlequin ladybirds overwintering around the inside of sash windows and coming into the house when the heating goes on. This has got worse over the last three years as they are multiplying at an alarming rate. Last week my daughter and young grandson came to stay and the light in our guest room brought them out in droves. I hoovered them up and lost count when I reached a hundred. The following evening they were there again. I find several in the kitchen sink each morning and have even had them drop into food. These are not the cute little ladybirds of nursery rhymes and childrens stories, and yes they do bite. It is impossible to collect the clusters and put them in a shed, as has been suggested in your magazine, because they gather in hidden nooks and crannies where you cannot find them. We have lots of native seven spots among the leaf litter in our garden but these invaders are not welcome. I am at a loss to know what to do next winter. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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