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Posted: 15/03/2014 at 13:00

I inspect mine whenever I'm in the garden and squidge the beetles when I see them.  I also use tissue or kitchen roll to wipe the underside of the leaves to remove the larvae which are what do the damage.  So far I manage to get away without too much damage.  

Good luck 


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 12:43

Just come in for a bowl of soup -  have been spreading manure on the veg patch - it's ok, I've washed my hands 


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 12:40

I would dig the manure into the bed. 

I would apply micorrhizhal fungi to the roots of the roses (following instructions on the pack),


after planting I would sprinkle some Fish Blood & Bone over the soil surface and 'tickle' it in with a hoe.

Black Lace Elder

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 12:18

Following Verdun's advice will be great if you are growing the shrub purely for the foliage - and I know that's Verdun's special enthusiasm  - but Sambucus flowers on old wood so if you want the flowers/fruit you should prune after these are over, or only prune  a proportion of the stems each year. 

Sorry Verdun 

Black Lace Elder

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 11:38

There was a discussion about this a while back - look here 

Hope that's helpful 


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 11:25

Well done for taking the cuttings!  

We've had a very wet winter and rosemary really dislikes having permanently wet feet so as Nutcutlet has said, this may be the beginning of the end.  After the wet summer of 2012 I removed my rosemary from the herb bed which seemed that summer to be permanently under water, and potted it up in a large terracotta pot with JI3 loambased compost and one third horticultural grit.  It's never looked back 

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 11:19

I said that I use wire 'cloches' to protect seed beds and that I chase visiting cats off. I also said that when I'd had my own cats I'd found that keeping a dry sand box in a covered area had helped but wasn't foolproof.  I also gave a link to a thread with other methods.

The reason why there aren't many suggestions of methods to keep cats off flower beds is because it's long been established that none of them seem to work.  The only thing that seems to work is to keep the cats out of the garden.  

Very frustrating for all concerned I agree.

stopping my cats pooing and weeing on my flower beds

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 10:30

It is not cruel to keep cats indoors if they are properly looked after.  Members of my family have house cats who are fit, healthy and emotionally well-balanced - verified by vets.  Far better for them than cats who are expected to amuse themselves outside and get into fights, get bitten by rats resulting in infections, or get run over - all of which have happened to my cats in the past when they have been allowed outside.  

And I don't think anyone's lecturing you - you asked a question - we've given you some ideas. 


Posted: 15/03/2014 at 10:24

BL - it wasn't my idea to get her to do fig.8!!!    As I was busy on the small-holding a very capable teenager used to exercise Katie for me sometimes - Katie was a Haflinger who, before I had her ,had spent a couple of seasons  carriage-driving on Yarmouth sea front - Paula thought she needed a bit of schooling but was perhaps a bit over-ambitious - poor Katie was very confused (a bit of a dumb blonde only joking!) She was however an absolute delight to hack out, totally traffic-proof yet very responsive 

Curling leaves on Fuchsia

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 09:56

That looks like insect damage to me.

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