Latest posts by diggingdoris

Garden Birds

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 20:28

Yes I agree VS . I have 5 empty water butts as it hasn't rained since 7th June. We have stuff in the greenhouse and about 40 planters to water, that's without the borders being so dry. I've taken to standing a bucket in the shower with me to catch the spray, Each time rain is forecast we miss it. Lots forecast for Essex tomorrow, but will we miss it again? I hope not

Cheap alternative for basket / trough liners?

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 22:11

I've heard of people using carpet offcuts. As long as the water can soak through, but a certain amount would hold in to keep the soil moist. Not tried it myself though so don't know how successful it is.

scilla peruviana

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 17:04

Had this given to me 4 years ago with a beautiful flower on it. Have nurtured it since in a pot but never another bloom. From the leaves it looks as if it has made several small plants instead of one big bunch of leaves together. What should I do with it?

Day Lily bud problem

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 20:24

Yes that's exactly what it looks like. I'll remove all problem flowers and hope to catch it in time. Thank you

unknown plant

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 20:22

My Viburnums don't suffer with those beetles either. Perhaps they haven't discovered some plants yet!

Day Lily bud problem

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 17:50

Some of my day lilies have flower buds that don't open and they just look fat and rounded, with a strange coloration. Any ideas what it is?

unknown plant

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 17:45

Yes I would agree. I've got some coming up away from the original plant. Maybe from the roots of self set from the berries.

Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 17:36

I know how frustrating it seems when things get eaten. Half my runner plants have disappeared. My beetroot were up to about 2inches high yesterday but today have all vanished, a whole row of them! So today I did what Monty suggested, and lifted every pot on the patio next to the veg plot to search for slugs and snails. From a total of 25 pots I collected so many that after 40 I stopped counting! From giant 5inch long green slugs to the tiny grey ones, I was amazed. Obviously there are probably just as many in the soil of the veg plot, but at least I feel I've done something towards protecting what's left. Was going to order some nematodes but when I saw the price I thought I may as well buy veg from the supermarket instead of growing it!

Composting green seed heads

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:16

I have a bucket by the back door which I put screwed up newspaper in the bottom of then all the veg peelings and any compostable stuff goes on top. That way there's always a mix when I empty it into the compost bin. An easy way to always have a brown and green balance, it means that the bucket doesn't get smelly either.

HONEYSUCKLE won't flower :-(

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 15:23

Don't know if it's the weather or just that I've ignored it but it's blooming it's socks off this year!

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