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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Grass seed

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 17:51


Does anyone else find the flashing ad at the top gof the page annoying?

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 15:55

Ad blocker worked for me - no annoying ads any more

Is my pond leaking?

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 13:28

Our pond level goes up and down with the seasons - at the moment it's full almost up to the level of the lawn surrounding it - last August/September the water margin was a good 4 inches lower if not more.  It's what ponds do -even swimming pools need topping up from time to time. 

Will a 'monkey puzzle' tree be suitable for my garden??

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 13:04

Hi Hippyness

Monkey Puzzles really do not do well in wet areas - in fact 'getting their feet wet' in the winter will usually kill them off.  Sorry.

As for woodpeckers - they usually only drum on trees that are dead/dying/rotting.

Hope that's helpful

Green manure

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 12:01

Yes, dig the roots in - the vetch roots should have nitrogen stores which will rot down into the soil - it'll be good for brassicas and tomatoes this year

Green manure

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 11:35
pitchroy wrote (see)

I have someone to dig the patch - the roots are dry - should they be dug in or removed?

Dig it all in.  Which sort of green manure did you sow?

Is my pond leaking?

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 11:32

Why? It's evaporating at a millimetre or two a day?  What's wrong with that?  Even a plastic bowl of water left out in the garden will do that

Copper tape

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 11:23

My big tough Sum & Substance and Blue Angel cope in the border without too much slug damage, but I've got some softer leaved varieties now - remember I bought a Hosta Stained Glass Window from Burncoose last time we were down your way Verdun - last year the slugs did all they could to get at it - we were pretty vigilant but if we go away for a few days I'm afraid that Hefty Hedgehog may need a bit of help

I.D Tree please !

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 10:51

Pretty magnolia, and some sort of prunus next to it - we'll get a better idea which one when the blossom is open

I'd get that willow out, replenish the soil with some well rotted farmyard manure (obtainable at all good garden centres) and have a look around for something you like to replace it with.


Copper tape

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 10:38

I have some hostas in terracotta pots - we've not had too much slug damage in the past, but better safe than sorry - do you find that copper tape around the pots keeps slugs and snails away from your plants? 

I've had a look on Amazon and reviews are very varied - some people claim that their slugs and snails walk right over it to get to the tastiest hostas!

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