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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 15:18

Beautiful Verdun, absolutely beautiful 

Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:45

I vividly remember as a child, finding one in the middle of a field of unripe wheat . Being a properly brought up young naturalist I left it where it was, hoping that it knew better than I did what was good for it to eat - but I can cast my mind back at least 50 years and remember coming face to face with it - don't ask what I was doing almost hidden in the middle of one of Pa's fields of wheat - there must've been a reason - I knew better than to walk into standing wheat for no reason at all 

Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:02

Talkback: Ragwort

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:00

When we had the smallholding we  walked the meadows in the spring with a knapsack sprayer zapping thistles and ragwort at the rosette stage, and later on we'd walk the meadows again before cutting for hay, hand pulling any that we'd missed.  They were stacked, dried and burned. Ragwort in hay is especially toxic.

Anyone walking the meadows 'poo picking' was also expected to keep their eyes peeled for ragwort as well, and dig it out removing the root.  In a few years we virtually eradicated what had been a moderate infestation in two of the meadows. 

In my experience, if the grazing is good horses and ponies will usually avoid eating ragwort - however, if the grazing is poor and they are hungry, like the rest of us they'll eat almost anything - and so often people who know nothing about the dangers of ragwort know nothing about the quality of grazing either so the problems are compounded.

A Day Out

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:42

If you were near us there'd be another woman with  "a glazed look fondly looking at the poultry with a white shirt n" jeans 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:40

We have a veg patch plus 3 raised beds - we dug out so many roots from our big ash trees to create the veg patch, we didn't want to damage the trees any more so when we needed more veg space raised beds were a solution.

It's not a perfect solution however because the trees send fine roots up into the raised beds seeking the moisture and every winter I have to fork it over and pull out the roots.  

So what should we be doing with our grass right now?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:27
Adam Knights wrote (see)

Thats brilliant thank you. I didn't know that about the roots so that's very useful. I was planning to use Nematodes on the 20 or so ant hills that have popped so I'll make sure any watering is done on a rainy week or make sure I properly soak it to penetrate past the roots

That's absolutely right 

Newbie plea for help!

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:39

We have foxgloves all over the garden and I've had them in many gardens - cats have never eaten it, neither have dogs or even goats, surprisingly enough!

Which climbers for privacy

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:23
Mickspark81 wrote (see)
................. Didnt have a clue yesterday but now feel a little more prepared so appreciate all the help.
Lol its funny coz im 6"3 love football and all sports and here i am getting excited over plants lmao!

It's addictive!  My football playing guitar playing son is suddenly talking about clematis and heucherellas!!! 

By the way, I've asked the Mods to delete your personal email address for you.

If you want to give personal info etc to someone you can do it via the Private Message system - click on your name in the top right corner of the page and you'll see the options 

Would members be interested?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 10:51

I'm sure I'd find at least some of it very interesting - we live in the centre of the area being badly affected by Ash Dieback, and have two large ash trees in our garden which we're very fond of, so any information on that in particular would be interesting. 

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