Latest posts by discodave


Posted: 05/03/2013 at 07:30

I use a shotgun or dynamite (well, I would like to). Its horses for courses. Theres, boiled up garlic cloves, mixed with water then watered into the plants (slugs don't like it), Theres sacrifice (thats using another plant as bait, not on an altar), theres oats, theres crushed egg shells, theres copper tape, theres sharp grit, theres spent coffee grounds, theres nematodes, plastic bottles with copper tape, theres beer traps, theres pellets, theres murder, theres wildlife, theres night hunting, theres bags of salt or salt barriers (though not on the plants or soil), theres vasaline, theres catapults, I think the list goes on and on.

bulbs in pots

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 07:19

Hi nutcutlet, I had some irises in pots last year and they looked brilliant, much better than the ones I had in the borders. Because of that I have planted many more bulbs in pots and will slot them in to fill gaps or keep them on the patio for impact, either way I win, even if they need lifting at the end of the year, they are in a pot so just bring them indoors.

advice for newbie

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 07:15

Hi David 25, I will start with the easy one first, The last photo 3 is a Cyclamen, they generally flower in winter, they mostly like good light, but cold weather. They like to be moist but not wet, if you remove the flowers as they fade it should encourage new flowers. Yours looks quite healthy to me although, do you know if its an indoor or outdoor variety? That will make all the difference. 

second one 2 is a bit more tricky, If your dog is weeing on a plant then its getting an overdose of nitrogen, that in itself isn't poisonous to the plant but the concentration will be. You will need to keep an eye on it and as soon as hes weed on it then you will need to add a fair amout of water to dilute the concentration. There is a product called dogrocks into the dogs water to dilute the levels of nitrogen (although I don't know if they work, you can try giving your dog tomato juice or tomatoes, I find that makes a difference (but the best thing is dilution).

The first image escalonia red carpet has a eventual height of roughly 1meter by 1.5meters wide, The plant looks healthy enough at the back but its doing what it does and spreading aswell. I wouldn't say that you have made a mistake by not planting it dead centre, the border space in effect isnt wide enough for the plants growth habbit, therefore you are trying to make it wide & tall at the back and sides. Looks like you are getting growth on the bare-ish area on the right of the bush but remember that if it indeed does grow to the right then it may well block some of the light from the plant to its right. Maybe plant a shade tolerant bedding plant in the space inbetween the two? I would also cut off the growth from above the lawn (if you plan on keeping it there). I certainly wouldn't move the plant to the right to fill the gap. 


Posted: 04/03/2013 at 11:05

Always put my dogs hair in the garden, birds seem to love it

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 10:20

I just found this photo of my dog on google of when she was a puppy. 


Uses for last years grow bags/compost

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 10:04

Keep them moist aswell

Is this weeding?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 09:54

I would be livid.

My next door neighbour has a gardener that "comes when she's out" alot of the time. But as I'm home I know he will bill her for several hours work but I have seen him on one occasion going round with a leaf blower for 15 mins, he told her he was there raking up for 3 hours. Needless to say he now comes when shes in, (if he bothers to turn up at all).

I went on Holiday last year and my next door neighbour who looks after our house took it upon themselves to cut back my ivy (on our joining side wall), that not the problem, we always keep it about a foot from the top of the wall to keep it from growing over onto their conservatory but they had cut it back to 4ft in a straight line from the top, it looked bloody rediculous. Its growing back slowly but surely but will take a good 2 years to get back to where we keep it. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 09:30

we were having bbq's in march last year.. Forecast says 9c today and its already 15c out there

Fork Handles

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 09:29


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 09:12

Beautifull sunny blue sky, bit nippy still but give a couple of hours.. Lets see what happens later

Forecast 12c tomorrow means it will be around 20c in my garden..


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