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Elizabeth Winstanley

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Rubble pile into flower bed?

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 19:19

When we moved into our house nearly 30 years ago. We excavated a 3ft high bank against the hedge which had been used as the 'midden' for Lord knows how many years and gained an extra 4ft of garden.  This was eventually used for the flagged path to the greenhouse. We also discovered what could have been the remains of an old anderson shelter, a well or something to do with a coal mine (we live in Wales), it was covered by corrugated iron sheets and angle iron, so we just left it , covered it over and put the green house on top.  One of these days I might just disappear while potting on tomatoes!!

poorly plant eek!

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 18:50

Don't know if this is the problem but my late mother in law had a hedge of these plants and one or two showed signs of powdery mildew on  new leaves in the spring.  She sprayed them and removed as much as possible without leaving them too bare but it never seemed to cure it completely.


Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:45

Yes, Robins are essentially ground feeders, so hanging feeders do pose a bit of a problem for them. They do better when fed from bird tables or those poles which have a mesh tray as well as  hanging arms. I just sprinkle some loose seed and meal worms on the Table/Tray and that seems to work, or use suet blocks. You can also sprinkle them directly on the ground around the feeders, but use none sprouting seed mix other wise you end up growing a field of corn and other cereals.  Blackbirds also feed from the ground as well as Wrens.  Sparrows will feed from any where. Happy Bird watching.


Posted: 19/02/2014 at 18:13

Perhaps they don't subscribe to Readers Digest.  I used to and have their bird book.


Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:19

Same here,  Think they must be breeding pair as they are not fighting for territory.  Used to have  'front garden' and a 'back garden robins', and if either strayed into the others area feathers would fly.  Had one nest in the garden shed one year they didn't seem to mind us popping in and out for tools etc.

Paper shreddings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 17:14

Glad to hear that as we were thinking of putting our shreddings in with the compost.


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 13:20

Is your original tree a Pussy Willow (Goat Willow).  The leaves and bark look like the one I have but the leaves on the shoots growing from the trunk look as if they are Weeping Willow being thinner and more pointed.  You could just remove them like you do with Rose suckers.



Posted: 02/08/2013 at 09:32

Marj, must try the leaf painting method, have tried most else. My bineweed seems to be spreading, I dig roots out by the bucketful, but every year I seem to find it futher into the beds.  I have even found it in the Lawn before now.  It's got so bad that I am using Roundup this year both as a liquid spray and the gel.  this really goes against the grain as I try to be as organic as possible where the fruit and veg are concerned but needs must as they say


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:34

Hi Keen 1 and addict, Hope you enjoy the forum, but I must say  when do we find time to actually garden as we seem to spend a lot of time nattering on about this and that. Me included,.  The sun is shining and here I am typing away when I should be out catching up on all the jobs 2 weeks  of 18 inches of snow put paid to in March.  Am going.. Have gone.


The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:23


Over the years we have had mason bees, 5 wasps nests and probably wild bees nesting somewhere as well.  We had 1 wasps nest in one of our compost bins, we managed to ignore each other for the whole of the season. The one in the garden shed was a bit trickier as we needed to get in and out for tools etc.  When we took it down in the winter its structure was fantasic all these tiny perfect little cells, amazing. The 2 we had in a low stone wall had me running for cover as we managed to cover the entrance with a tarpaulin full of hedge clippings. Had to leave it for a couple of days due to heavy rain and when I came to move it the wasps didn't like it at all.  The other half got quite badly stung  when he strimmed too close to the entrance of another nest in a bank, and I'd already told him where it was and to be careful.  He gets carried away with machinery. Lots of bees on our Pyrocantha, which is covered in flowers at present.

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