Daintiness


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Weeds ID

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 00:18

It's looking suspiciously like ground elder. I am not a 100% sure, hopefully someone else will comment. It is the sort of plant that can come back from the dead on a regular basis, surviving composting etc. If it is zap with glysophate immediately and continue applying it regularly throughout the summer until you win.

Help, are these plants ok for my small wildlife pond?

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 00:05

If you have a pre formed pond, it probably will have shallow shelves each the edge, perfect for your marginal plants but not wildlife friendly.You will have to make a beach at one end/side of your pond. This will make a gradual entry and exit point for all wild life allowing birds to bathe and drink; frogs to spawn and hedgehogs to get out safely (they often drown as they can't manage the slippy,vertical, plastic sides of a pond)

You can do this by adding a combination of stones, bricks or large cobbles to one of your existing shelves until they are above water level.

Your plants sound great and I'm sure you have more than enough. I can never understand why water plants are so expensive as they grow so fast. You will soon be dividing your lily (a couple of years)and lifting out pond weed as it overtakes your pond at the end of the summer!

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You can use aquatic compost to plant your plants in or poor garden soil that has not had any fertilizer added to it. As the introduction of nutrients to the pond will encourage algae to grow. Set any plants you are going to add in the shallows so they can soak up the water before you lower them deeper into the water to stop the soil floating out of them. Mulch the top of your pots with a good layer of large gravel.

I would also invest in a water butt or two to top your pond up from so you are not adding any more tap water to the pond and therefore more nutrients.I attach the hosepipe to mine and it fills up my pond when the levels drop.

I seem to have got a bit carried away here but I would have liked to know this sort of info. when I set up my pond....which is now very successful 

Good luck and enjoy. My pond brings me a great deal of pleasure along with a lot more species visiting my patch.

best cherry tomato?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 00:19

Gardeners' Delight for me every time. Very reliable, good flavour.

Alternative lawn

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 19:51

A path would probably be a more practical answer and would also add more interest to the area. You could leave spaces for planting pockets; add formality or informality depending on the style; make it twisty, straight etc and it won't need shorn or get worn!

In Need Of Help

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 19:45

They can often be picked at boot sales etc. When you do get another one as an insurance policy, cut off  a stem 3" approx in length just below one of the green bumps (nodes) you spoke of, remove the lower leaves and place in a cup of water (ensuring there are no leaves below the water line). Put in a bright spot and wait until the roots have developed, pot up and you will have another plant. 

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 10:41

Ah! I see what you mean. It reads a bit differently from yours. I then checked mine, nothing on there!! I really should put something on mine - I'll have a think for some flowery language as I pot on my seedlings this morning. 

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 10:28

Just scrolled down and saw Louie's  other thread... now, I know where you are coming from Dove. I think this influx is worse that the foreign gobbledy gook we were struck with before. Hopefully, they will all get lost somewhere between japanese knotweed and manure on this site...

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 10:23

Can't believe this thread has seen the light of day again. Started reading it and then thought - that's exactly what I think....only to find that I had written the comment !

Dove, what do you mean by 'promoting your business'....I am a bit at sea when it come to techno stuff, though I know enough not to click on threads for kitchen units!!

Where to start?

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 23:20

First of all I would have a clear out of all the junk you can find, take it to the tip and then cut the grass (carefully ) on the highest setting. I would then tackle the things closest to the house so you will have somewhere to sit out, entertain and you could decorate with a few pots, so you feel you have got somewhere to rest at the end of the day!

 You then want to buy some long handled loppers and thick gardening gloves and cut back the brambles as far as you can - you can throw them back into the council land and they will still act as a barrier even though they are dead.Then I would employ someone to put up a fence for you to make you feel more secire and keep the brambles at bay. Spray any that sprout on your side or close to the fence with glysophate aka roundup.

If you have unearthed bushes, shrubs and plants by this time then look down your road and see if there is a well maintained garden among your neighbours. If there is, knock. Ask them if they would mind coming and looking in your garden to identify things and help you decide what should stay (the majority of gardeners would be delighted to do this) - if this is not an option then post pictures of anything you find an here and hopefully you will find out if it is a friend or foe in the garden.

Best advice is to do a bit at a time and don't be too ambitious. Get friends/family to pitch in with painting etc with the promise of a meal/bbq as payment. Take pictures of before and after; take pictures of plants you see in other people's gardens which you would like to have in yours, but most of all enjoy making your first garden! Good luck!

Problem with my shrubs

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 20:25

I would think your problem is most likely caused by not enough or uneven watering or wind/frost damage to young leaves.

Make sure you keep your shrubs well watered especially during dry periods throughout the summer and into the autumn to make sure they get off to a good start.

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