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Wild flowers not now mowed down

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:55

I live in Cheshire and I am delighted to notice that whole swathes of buttercups, oxeye daises, dandelions etc have escaped the mowers in our verges and have been left for bees and insects to enjoy. At last we are waking up to the damage we do by being too tidy!  I would be interested to know whether other counties have adopted this strategy.

Next seasons invasive plant.

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 15:34

Beware of Euphorbia "Ruby Fens", Lysimachia nummularia  (otherwise known as Creeping Jenny) and Heuchera cylindrica "Greenfinch"  All lovely flowers but very invasive as I have learnt to my cost!   Unless of course you need ground cover. The Heuchera is a tall perennial and I try to cut off the flower heads when they die and before they set seed.

Mysterious hole appearance in the soil.

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 15:17

Thanks everyone for your replies. I think you may be right about a rat.I do feed the birds and was thinking of putting some dog food out for a hedgehog we found in the compost heap, not a good idea now.


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 17:23

Sunflowers need a frost free environment but you could try putting a cut lemonade bottle over the top, spout uppermost to allow the air to circulate. I would leave it as long as you can however as the sunflowers will soon outgrow the cover, that is if they survive!

Mysterious hole appearance in the soil.

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 17:16

A small deep hole about 7cm across has appeared in the soil in my garden. There is no evidence of a mole so I'm wondering what has been burying under the earth.  Has anyone any ideas?

Growing tomatoe's indoors

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 17:00

I have just removed my "Money Maker" tomato plants into the greenhouse for good having taken the trouble to keep moving them from house to greenhouse and back. They are growing strongly now but have produced flowers already. I'm not sure that that is a good sign or not as they have not reached their full size. I think I will have to cover them with fleece each night. Time will tell whether my efforts have been worth it. 


Posted: 31/03/2013 at 18:41

In my "House Plant Expert" book it says that most varieties of cacti will root from cuttings. It states that it is vital to let the cuttings dry for a few days and large cuttings for 1-2 weeks before inserting int peat based compost. (I know that using peat based compost is a no no now but thats what it says!)  Apparently spring is the ideal time to do this.  Good Luck


Posted: 31/03/2013 at 18:25

I might try the land cress too if I can find it in my local garden centre.


Posted: 31/03/2013 at 18:24

Thanks for your tips guys!  I think I will try potting them up in a pot lined with plastic and see what happens.  


Posted: 30/03/2013 at 17:45

I don't fancy putting mine in the pond as it looks too murky and I have two goldfish swimming around. I wondered whether to put liquid feed in the water. I believe lettuces are grown like this and it is called "aqua culture"

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