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upsetting sight

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:32

This a common sight in nature. The males compete to fertilise the spawn and the grip on any frog or toad in incredibly strong. The combined pressure of several males can often result in the sight you have seen.

The one ray of hope from what you have witnessed is the spawn would still be fertilised and grow on to become tadpoles.

A mothers sacrifice for her young. An incredible thing. 


Posted: 20/02/2014 at 23:37

I think this has come up before and as I remember the collected wisdom amounted to a regime of spraying with glysophate and digging up the roots. So dig first and spray when the marestail emerges and is actively growing. Luckily I don't have any problem with this particular weed.

warming of soil

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:25

You can use either black polythene or polytunnels to warm the soil. It does have benefits as it leads to early germination and earlier cropping if kept covered with a polytunnel. Covering early crops with fleece gives some protection against frost as well.


Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:44

You can get a 5ft polytunnel for a £1 at poundland. At that price you may as well buy new and save yourself the hassle. It's hugely cheaper than buying replacement covers and even if they last only one season it's a great deal.

I.D Required

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 13:24

Looks like virburnum tinus Eve price. Try the rhs plant selector to narrow it down as there are several which look quite similar.

Identify thorny orange / red flower ?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:09

Erysimum, or as little-ann says wallflower, looks like the perennial variety with those woody stems.

Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 14:16

Daily Mail free plants for cost of postage

Bird of paradise plant

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 14:08

Try this link to the RHS.

You usually get one flower per spike consisting of a good number of coloured spikes to form the familiar shape we see in pictures.

Saving a fuschia!

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 23:04

If you've got green you can revive it!

Re pot, good compost, prune to about 6", cold frame for now, new shoots, in a few weeks if in a cold frame, a weak feed at first, when it gets going feed some more and you should get a decent plant for the summer.

I have a few hardy fuchsia's in a cold frame from cutting I took in the autumn, they are still in leaf and doing really well, so with a bit of tlc it should race away in a few months.

Blue moon climber in a pot

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 19:29

Try this link to the RHS, two online nurseries. sure they will help with the plant and advice on a pot.

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Winter 2014/15

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Colder weather is coming!

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Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Hold in invasive roots 
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