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The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 18:28

I love watching Gardeners' World and Nigel is a lovely part of it!

Bees and Butterflies

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 18:16

I read in today's newspaper that Bees and Butterflies are doing much better this summer and their numbers are up. Perhaps we blame ourselves too much when there is a decline as the weather seems to have a lot to do with it. I certainly have seen lots of bees and some butterflies around though like other people, no ladybirds. I think these were killed off by our atrocious spring when they woke up from hibernation. Of course it is no bad thing to cut down on sprays and grow suitable plants for insects but it is heartening to know that Mother Nature gives a helping hand now and again when needed.

Bindweed :(

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 17:00

I do the same as you Farmergeddun. Unfortunately some always seems to survive to

live another day in the following year. I hate using weedkiller especially in my veggie patch.

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 16:48

It seems to me that all gardeners should be entomologists these days!

weeds

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:15

Hello Diane, I have bindweed in my veggie plot and it's a real nuisance. I have read that one way is to grow it up a cane or similiar and treat with a weed killer. I have tried this at the end of my growing season with partial success. My problem is that I have it growing all over the place and do not like to use a weedkiller near anything I'm going to eat. If you dig it up you have to get the whole root system up. Every little piece of root left will form a new plant. You could try to chop the top growth off continually but that requires real commitment and vigilance!. I once tried to cover it all up to starve it of light and water but that didn't work.  Good luck  

'Disolving' Cala lily

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 15:50

Hello Amy, Do you mean a Canna lily?  I cannot find any reference to a Cala lily in my books. Is this lily in a pot?  It sounds like the bulb has gone rotten. Have a look at it. You may find vine weevils are the culprit or the lily beetle lavae. The vine weevil grubs eat the roots and the lily beetle grubs eat the foliage, flowers and seed pods. If the bulb is massively overwatered I suppose it would go soggy. I hope you find an answer to this problem!

Nettles for butterflies

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 12:33

You are doing a great job Magpie! I wish I had room for a clump of nettles in my garden. There are loads down in the road in a rough field so I take comfort from that.You could always google your caterpillars on the net just to confim what they are.

What is this plant please?

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 12:28

Hello Davie, I think your plant is a Blackeyed Susie, Thunbergia, generally a climbing plant with orange or yellow flowers with a black eye. It is tender and will only last the summer. I absolutely love these plants and have often grown them in the past.

neighbours fence

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 12:24

 I grow a Hydrangea petiolaris up my six foot fence without any problems. I trim it off at the top. The blackbirds love to nest in it. The fence does belong to me though. You could always plant small trees and bushes to make an attractive screen.

Fed up with the heat!

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 12:14

Gardeningfantic I'm so sorry that you feel 'under the weather'. I would have thought that you would have nice sea breezes on the Isle of Wight. My friend from Cornwall has just phoned me to discuss a BBQ she had with her family. I mustn't be jealous as here am I stuck in Cheshire!  Seriously though I do hope you feel better soon.

Discussions started by daydaisy

I have just bought some Cossack tomatoes, has anyone else grown them?

Due to a spring holiday I have had to buy my tomato plants this year. 
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The history of the land we call our garden.

What have you found in your garden? 
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Can anyone identify this plant for me?

This little plant has appeared in an unloved part of my garden. 
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Composting moss

Is it OK to compost moss or should it be put in the green bin? 
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Goldfish and tadpoles

Will my goldfish eat the tadpoles? 
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Gardener's World programme

seeds or Is it legal to bring seeds back from abroad to UK?i 
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What is in my compost heap?

What is this ash like substance in the compost? 
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Skinny leeks

My leeks won't grow! 
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Scented Pelagoniums

Can anyone advise me  
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Plum tree infestation

Can I replace with a cherry tree? 
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Houdini mice

How do mice do it? 
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Can I call the compost from my heap organic?

supermarket veggie peelings added 
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Can anyone identify these worms?

insect larva inquiry 
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A lone goldfish

Do goldfish ostracize one another? 
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My orchid has finished flowering

Can I make it bloom again? 
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