Elizabeth Winstanley


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privet and toad stools

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 10:45

I have similar problem. In process of removing 10 yards of 8ft Privet hedge and nearby decking.  Have discovered that the virginia creeper roots  underneath the decking  are slimy and  rotten with clusters of small toadstools growing on them which are yellowy in colour.  It may be something else but I fear the worst.  Will have to cut back to healthy root as creeper itself does not appear to be affected Yet. 

Intending to replace dying privet with chain link fence and grow Ivy up it as that seems to be fairly fungus resistant and I want shelter for the birds.  The decking is being replaced by a flagged patio.  Am going to burn affected hedge/roots on patio area so that might help to kill off and threads/spores etc.

KA Unable to post picture but interested to see if your toad stools look like mine/

caterpillars on broccoli

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 16:51

Could try spraying with Py.  It's a 'natural' pest killer and I've used it in the past  on my brassicas.  Getting 50 or more caterpillars off a leaf to squash them is time consuming and messy.  You don't have to wait before you can harvest fruit and veg either.

Another plant ID please

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 16:46

I'd agree Lobelia cardinal.

Please help identifying this Berry producing Plant

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:51

The Blackbirds in my garden love them.  We seem to have had laods of berries on the plant this year but they won't last long the way they are being gobbled up. I would leave digging it out until the birds have finished with them if thats possible.

another id thread

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:37

Not too sure from the photo but my first thought was Privet that was in flower. Does it have a scent?

onions

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:34

I used to hang my onions to dry by putting them on the slatted greenhouse benches and letting the leaves hang down.  after a couple of weeks when they had dried off I took thee at a time and plaited the leaves together adding new ones in as I came to the end ofthe leaves.  Depending on weight and size I could get 12 or more in a plait then I tied string around the top to make a loop and hung them in the out house.  They would easily keep until the following April.  I haven't been as successful these last couple of years and have only managed to salvage about 6 onions out of 100 sets.  Lousey weather, a lot rotted or didn't even grow.

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.

Robins

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.

Robins

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 18:13

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

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