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How to......

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 09:02


Go into your Settings page, then Forum Settings - you'll see an option where you can change where you visit a thread - think it's called Thread Starting - change it from First to Last - that should do it 

help needed identifying weed

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 09:00

Not JKW - pretty sure it's the fruiting body of Marestail/ horsetail. 

What plant is this, plus pic this time!

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 08:16

Looks a bit like a buddliea, but not quite right 


Posted: 18/04/2014 at 08:02

Hurrumph!  Big black cloud overhead, rain on the window and a rainbow in the west - forecast says it's going to be chilly in North Norfolk - maybe a baking day rather than a gardening one - Hot Cross Buns and a cuppa about 4pm folks?


Posted: 18/04/2014 at 07:37

Hello KEF and AWB 

I wonder whether Nut felt the earthquake yesterday - she's in the right area 

Please help - weed taking over the garden!

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 07:05

I just thought I'd add that even without a picture you gave a brilliant description - I was able to visualise it so that's how I could make a pretty good guess.  You're obviously very observant - that's very important in a gardener - enjoy making your new garden and please don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions 

Raised beds

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 06:30

Daisymay - I've used a mix of top soil and well-rotted farmyard manure for my raised bed.  You can buy it in bags from the garden centre.  Work out the volume of the bed - the bags will have their volume on so you can work out how many you need. 

Deterring Mosquito's, Fly's, Nats in heavily bushed Shrubbed Garden

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 06:27

It's not anything to do with the shrubs in your garden. The mosquitos will be breeding in your pond - do you have fish in the pond?  They will feed on the mosquito larva so that should help.  Check that you don't have containers of standing water in the garden - mozzies will breed in a teacupful of water.Keep waterbutts securely covered. If they're getting into waterbutts float a small amount of cooking oil on the surface of the water - that will stop the larvae breathing.

I don't know of any plants that will keep mosquitos away - I do sympathise with your family member - I used to be bitten really badly by insects and on several occasions had bad reactions which required antibiotics, so I don't blame her for keeping indoors when the mozzies are around (my guess is that it's a female who is being badly affected - it usually is.  If it's any consolation to her, once ladies get to 'a certain age' the mozzies seem to ignore us )

If you want to sit outside in the evening, burning citronella candles in the sitting area will help.  I can also recommend that those badly affected should use Avon's Skin so Soft dry oil spray - it's used by the army when on manoeuvres on the west coast of Scotland, to keep insects away.

Good luck. 

The beauty of nature

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 06:16

Isn't Nature wonderful 

Please help - weed taking over the garden!

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 06:13

It can be lovely used around a pond, in a fern garden, in cracks in paving and in lots of other places and if it's not doing any harm it's often best to learn to love it - at least it doesn't grow tall, it covers shady places where other plants don't want to grow and it stops other more unsightly weeds getting a hold, but as you've found it spreads like mad - if it's where you don't want it treat it with a glyphosate weedkiller.

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