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Talkback: Hedgehog spotting

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 07:05

Brilliant Lyn - we have the same thing happening - we find they like chopped peanuts and pieces of banana chip too (not too much banana, bad for their teeth)

Isn't it lovely watching them?


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 07:01

What sort of soil did you grow them in?  Was it soil-based or one of the peat-free brands or peat-based?

I've not grown potatoes in proprietary soil-less composts but I'm wondering if some of the mixes might impart a flavour/smell?


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:56

I think this is slug and snail damage.  I'd make some beer traps for the slugs 

There's some good information here 


Good luck 


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:45

I have wooden ones which I  like, however, if I'd seen these I'd have got them .  With mine you can't remove the side to shovel the compost out, and since I hurt my back last year I have to get The Undergardener to do this.  If I'd got these I could've done it myself 


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:39

If there's a shady patch, Mahonia aquifolium is reliable, and has lovely yellow sweet smelling flowers in the winter - something that usually impresses non-gardeners

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:13

Thanks Verdun - that's decided me - it can go at the dining room end of the Shady Bank, in front of a blue agastache and near to Ajuga reptans 'Rainbow'.  

Behind it will go a beautifully scented plummy/purplish repeat-flowering single rose - this one looks right but it only has one flush of flowers and those are early .................... unless I found a late summer flowering clematis to clamber through it? 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:00

Think the Hermitage might have been a bit annoyed if I'd snaffled one of their paintings FG, don't want to p*ss off my Russian rellies, well not before my trip out there next year anyway 

But I did spot a really lovely loose blue jacket which I coveted - I managed to scrutinize it at close quarters whilst looking at paintings (it took some tricky manoeuvring to work out how the sleeves were made, sort of batwing underarm seams, and set in raglan style), and have worked out how it's cut, where all the seams and darts are, and how the double facings have been applied - I hope to purchase some good linen when in Russia next year, and then get the sewing machine out.

growing brassicas

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 21:51

When you harvest and prepare your holey cabbages, take off the outer leaves, quarter them lengthwise and leave them submerged in a bowl of salty water for half an hour or so - the salt will cause the demise of the creepy crawlies, they will relax their grip on the leaves and can be  easily washed off 


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 21:48
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Verdun- that's one of your worst luv....

Was that a bit catty? you see what I did there Verd?

Joining you with me coat...

Fur coat??? 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 21:35

Evening all - home from our day out at Houghton Hall - wonderful paintings by Rembrandt, Velasquez, Murillo, Poussin, Frans Hals and a wonderful flower painting by Jan van Huysum  amongst many others.

A very good lunch followed, then we wandered through the wonderful walled garden - the weather was wonderful, the scent of the roses, honeysuckle and lavender filled the air, and I've never seen as many bumble bees as I saw today on one bed of lavender.  

There were some very healthy looking plants for sale, and I fell for a gorgeous hemerocallis Summer Wine a lovely soft pinky-purple.  However the chap who should've been taking the money was busy helping a chap transfer from a wheelchair to an electric buggy so he could get about a bit better on the gravel - in the time it took him to deal with that, I was seduced by a Sedum Spectabile - I think it's Autumn Joy.

Now where on earth am I going to put that hemerocallis?  The sedum can stay in its pot on the terrace until I've got the new bed in the front garden dug -should be ready for planting by next spring - but can I find a spot in the sunnier end of The Shady Bank for Summer Wine?


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Planning planting combinations

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

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Growing Mushrooms

Has anyone done it on purpose? 
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