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A miracle, well I think so.

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 21:58

Same has happened in my garden - my container pond is a large plastic flower pot approx 1m deep X0.50 high. Its sunken a bit and has large boulders and stones around it for decoration and to encourage wildlife.  Put in in 2 year ago and it is teaming with plants, snails, various insects and this year I even have tadpoles!!  It is so simple and easy to do - a great project with great benefit for wildlife.

Brassica collars

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 21:43

I  bought some scraps of lino from my local carpet store - its easy to slice with a knife and doesnt blow away. Carpet would be another idea. 


Ivy advice?

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 21:37

Hi - I have planted six ivy plants around the retaining walls around my garden.  The walls are not near the house, are in excellent condition and are about 20metres long by 4 metres high - ugly and bare concrete which I cannot wait to cover up! The selection of ivy i have got here are self clinging types.  Should I put up some wire and attach the ivy to the wall to start it off or if i leave it will it find the wall and attach itself?  Im not sure how to get it established and would appreciate your advice please.  Thanks.


Posted: 29/04/2013 at 21:24

Hi Lost the Plot - Mine were planted earlier in the year also and I cant remember what type they are!  They havent shown any signs of life as yet either and look like dead sticks!  I'll keep an eye and post if they recover - im well North and it has been a little colder especially at night but everything else is leafing up nicely here in my garden except my canes.

Sweat pea -disaster

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 22:40

B&Q have sweet pea for sale - my local  store had them reduced on the bargain trolley today with lots of other plants - they were healthy looking. If u have a B&Q locally it would be worth a visit - Good Luck!

Hi I'm new here, and would like some advice please!!

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 22:39

Hi Rebecca - Welcome! Im new also and am loving this forum and website.  Im on it every spare minute and learning so much and getting lots of good ideas for my garden. Im interested in gardening for wildlife also and started last year to put in trees and native hedging etc to encourage wildlife and create habitats for insects and birds. We built on a new site up a mountain and it is very exposed and the ground is really sloped so im finding it a challenge!  I have a large garden and have just planted a mixture of trees and fruit bushes this weekend - 3 were rowan as they are suitable for high areas. I put in a really shallow tiny pond - purely for wildlife last year and it has frogspawn this year and im so chuffed - some of the tadpoles have just started swimming about today - they are tiny and I spent ages today just watching them and the kids were so chuffed too!  Hubby made me a chicken run along the top of the garden and I have 6 hens now too!  Im waiting to see if any bats take up residence in my new bat box and no one has moved into my bird nesting boxes yet either - waiting patiently!

Honeysuckle not made it through frosts ...

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:25

Thats good to hear Steve - I wont touch mine and give them a chance to recover. Hope they survive!


Honeysuckle not made it through frosts ...

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 21:36

Same here Becky P.  I cut my honeysuckle back and after the frost and snow over this last few weeks i also think mine is dead  I had a look today and didnt notice any green buds etc.  I only put ot in because I though it would be really hardy.


How do i plant Morning Glory

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 22:15

I planted mine today in toilet roll tubes so that I dint disturbe the roots. Didnt soak them in water so hope they are ok. What do you grow your on?  Do you have to give the trellis or sticks or can you let them ramble through other trees etc??

How to cover a slope with ivy cuttings

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 13:13

Thank you everyone for your help and advice - I will take all your ideas onboard and start making plans to transform this slope.  Happy gardening everyone!x

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