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carrot fly & pests

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 15:12

Use some fleece to cover your containers, and tie with hairy string, dont do knots, but bows, this allows easy access for watering and feeding your containers. Carrot fly, fly about a foot above the ground, so raising your containers even by a few inches will greatly reduce the chances of infestation. Also try companion planting with onions or garlic which mask the smell of the carrots.

Infant school garden

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 10:36

The best way is to spray with glysophate when the nettles are actively growing. Brambles need a spray with roundup, pick the one specifically for brambles.

One other thing to consider is that nettles are butterfly larvae food, so a small controlled patch of nettles would be wise to keep. Ivy also provides homes and food for beneficial insects, so you need a balance of neglect and organisation. 

As for suitable plants, go to the RSPB website and related organisations, links below.


Indoor Watering at Height

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 22:42

All you need is a pump and watering lance, buy the lance on amazon and a spray pump, just exchange the heads.Or install a watering system which you can get from commercial suppliers.

Another request for climbing rose selection advice....

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 22:32

Your best bets are Rose mulliganii, Rosa Banksiae, Felicite Perpetue and       Adlelaide  d' Orleans, all have evergreen tendancies.

The first 2 have small white or yellow flowers, but they are ramblers so would have to be kept in check.

Mme Alfred Carriere and Veilchenblau, will both do well on a north wall, they do need training all reach about 15ft.

A truly evergreen rose is at the moment impossible, in time however the rose breeders may come up with something.



Posted: 18/03/2014 at 23:50

It's going to freeze over the next few days and weekend so I'd bring them indoors till this cold snap has passed. They will be fine on a sunny windowsill.

Polluted ground

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:38

I think your best bet is to get the council environmental health people involved. It's  serious pollution and your neighbour will be liable for the costs of the clean up.

Grass will be your best option, however the harmful organisms left in the soil will take time to disappear. My personal view is the area needs to be fenced off, and the soil regularly tested until levels of pollution drop to acceptable levels.

I would get professional advice, again your neighbour will be liable for these costs and any remedial measures you may have to take. 


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 10:24

Try this link to Taylor's Clematis, some nice varieties here.

What plants do you use to ensure clematis roots are in the shade?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 23:27

Best thing to keep clematis roots cool is a roofing slate. The slate absorbs the heat of the sun, the new shoots grow round and over the slate.

what is...

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 23:23

Loganberry, having an oil tank myself you do have to be careful what you do and how.

If it's a plastic tank, they do not last that long, they have a tendancy to split despite what the manufacturers say!

If it's metal, they can last 20 years with rust proofing.

You need access for safety and maintenance reasons, so a trellis screen is the best option. This needs to be placed 2-3 ft from the edge of the tank, to allow access.

You can grow whatever you like up the trellis. Oil is expensive, don't be tempted to cover it without taking safety into account, and the soil pollution from oil is impossible to to rectify.

What the heck is this?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 23:10

That is crocosmia, if you pot them, small corms will grow from the large. The small corms produce the flowers when they are 1-2cm's. You break the small one's off and replant them in their flowering position. I use a large pot to home the large corms in ordinary garden soil, and inspect them after about 6 months. Then remove any small corms to plant out.

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