Latest posts by discodave

urban gardening and cat poop

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 06:50

Get a dog

underground slugs

Posted: 22/12/2012 at 06:44

acording to my sources, Deroceras reticulatum,  the "grey field slug"


Deroceras reticulatum is almost exclusively restricted to cultivated areas, usually in open habitats, in meadows, near roadsides, in ruins, gardens and parks, not inside forests. It shelters under stones and ground litter (does not burrow into the soil). It is active at night.

can I plant now?

Posted: 13/12/2012 at 08:48

What about Ceanothus, its evergreen, grows quite fast, bushy, stunning blue flowers. My neighbour planted it as a hedge last year between our houses and dispite my misgivings, its shot up, looks great and very happy with the result.

christmas tree

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 10:27

I am looking for an average sized real christmas tree to plant out in the garden, I'm looking to see if any local people are buying potted ones that they will throw out after the festivities. I with some of you and dont like the idea of cutting down trees for a few weeks then throwing them out. I keep an artificial tre in the house. but do love the look of real ones. Oh, Rainjustlearning your tree looks great.

Buying plants on line

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 12:58

I am always looking online for certain plants that I want. I dont mind shopping online (I hate myself for saying that). But often you cant find certain things in the local GC and I dont have transport. 

I have to say though that I just found out that tescos vouchers can be exchanged for 3 times their amount with Thompson & Morgan. result...

shredded pansies

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 12:18

Caught them, its wren's

shredded pansies

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 09:04

Hi all, I think I know the answer to this but my pansies are looking all torn and shredded, this has happened over the past week they are all in flower and looking healthy but it looks like they are being attacked by something. Any ideas..?

they are surrounded by a healthy scattering of egg shells and the leaves are in tact

Help needed........

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 18:29

to create some easy ground cover under the trees, hostas and ferns do vers well in shaded areas. You need to know where the shade falls during the day (what direction does your garden face? south etc) you dont want to go to the expense of putting in alot of plants that wont grow because they arent getting enough light. You can talk to neighbours to see what does well in their gardens maybe even take cuttings (especially if they are cutting back anyway). Yours is an end plot so have a bonus of extra light from the side. (how deep is the sewer pipe?)

Talkback: Growing autumn cyclamen

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 18:13
I planted out quite a few of these about 2 weeks ago in a recently dug out border next to some box hedging I had already planted. In that short space they have each grown roughly 4-8 vivid red flowers, Its a great treat to have some real colour in autumn.

Help needed........

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 18:07

You could split into 3 sections, formal patio with pots and borders (be carefull with decking as it can get quite slippy with algae), then more structured garden area with curved lawns and cottage garden borders, finally a more natural wild garden at the back. I agree with Berghill about the path down the middle its really not effective. These are ideas and I cant say this is right for your space, thats for you to decide but it will cut down the ammount of work you have to do. Also you might have to check with your local council that those trees dont have a Tree Preservation Order on them, particularly if you are in a conservation area. You DON'T want to be landed with a £20,000 fine (some carry a fine of £2500 just for cutting back without planning permission.


Discussions started by discodave

advice on taking Geranium cuttings

Not done it since a lad 
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vitex agnus castus latifolia

Has anyone grown one of these? 
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Birds nesting

Several birds making nests 
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Valentines Day

Happy Valentines day 
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seed or plants 
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Last Post: 28/03/2013 at 09:42

Standard Rose

Anyone grown these.? 
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Last Post: 04/04/2013 at 18:25

Seed swap

I was sent this link 
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Last Post: 09/01/2013 at 21:38

Taking Laurel Cuttings

Any advice? 
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Last Post: 06/03/2017 at 22:55

shredded pansies

leave look eaten 
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Last Post: 30/11/2012 at 12:18

Please can you identify

Blue Portuguese flower 
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Last Post: 08/01/2013 at 13:31

Basil leaf damage

brown spots 
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