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Topiary frame

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 07:34

Primrose have topiary frames and appear to have a sale on at the moment

New wildlife pond - what should we expect to colonise it first?

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 07:24

Within a few days of filling it in March we had diving beetles in our pond  then pond skaters and water boatmen.  Frogs and newts soon appeared followed by tiny pond snails and then in July a grass snake visited for a day and ate one of the frogs - and I saw it all happen

A year later and it's a well-established pond teaming with wildlife. We bought some more pond snails online this year just to help things along a bit.

We find that regular applications of Blagdon Barley Straw Extract and Blagdon Bio-Active Sludge Control deals with the blanket weed and keeps duckweed down to a minimum and doesn't harm the wildlife.


Posted: 09/07/2015 at 07:10

Good morning all

Glad you enjoyed Norwich Liz

I'll be popping over to Southwold before meeting up with you - don't worry if you're a bit late - I'll wait for you - the roads are a bit windy around that way so take your time - there will probably be tractors coming around the bends on the wrong side of the road   There are two pubs in the village - the one we're going to is down the dip beyond the east window of the church.

Keep a look out for this place It once belonged to English Heritage but is now in private ownership and has had millions spent on it realising the plans originally drawn up by Capability Brown.  

The Autistic Gardener

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 06:57

I enjoyed it!  Great to see those young people developing confidence - and what a great garden they made. 

I was a little concerned about the camouflage netting - mainly from the safety angle with such small children, but when they get a bit bigger it'll be fine. 

And great too to see what could be done on a limited budget without flashy sponsorship - Mr T take note!!!

Sad french beans - help please!

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 06:53

Hi Jo 

I don't think the insects are anything to worry about.

Have you fed the plants with anything?  They look a bit hungry to me and they don't have a lot of compost in that pot.  Try giving them some liquid fertiliser - seaweed fertiliser is good - that should perk them up a bit. 

Also, have you been over-watering them?  Is their compost permanently wet?  If so cut down on the watering and let the compost get dry on the surface between waterings.  Roots need oxygen as well as water and if the compost is sodden they can't breathe.

Next time, a bigger container for beans

Caterpillar infestation in Somerset

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 06:46

Can't tell what they are without a picture (and maybe not even then) but I'd try washing most of them off with astrong jet of water from the hosepipe, and in future try attracting bluetits and great tits etc into the tree by hanging birdfeeders with sunflower hearts in the tree early in the spring - get the birds used to coming to that tree for food and they'll spot the caterpillars at an early stage and feed them to their fledgelings. 

Spraying with pesticide rarely works in these cases - all it does is kill off the predatory wasps and other insects and then future infestations are even worse.  Encourage birds and insects and they will balance things out. The tree will grow more leaves

This site may be of help if you want an ID


new series

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:19

Loved the programme - I used to work with young people with profound autism - it's great to watch them unlock their own potential

And what a lovely garden they created

Help please

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 21:15

Trailing lobelia?

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 20:47

Wonky   That's my girl

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 08/07/2015 at 20:38

I'm glad they got to you safely Yvie   (what were they again ........ )

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