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Posted: Yesterday at 20:41

About twenty years ago my worms were annihilated by New Zealand flatworms.  The flatworms which survived my repeated safaris eventually moved on to pastures new having extirpated my lovely worms.  Even today, two decades later, I rarely come across worms in my now compacted lawn despite me trying to reintroduce them.  As this thread has attracted so many worm lovers may I ask for suggestions as to how I can repopulate my garden.  Is there any company which sells the little darlings?  How can I best encourage any in the neighbourhood to move in and multiply?

Made a Bug Hotel

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 15:25

I bought a couple of bug hotels this summer and after installing them I was bitten by a wasp.  For the first time I had a violent reaction both at the site of the bite (upper right arm) and my left forearm where some rose thorns had drawn blood.  Huge red weals on both arms which eventually needed steroids.  Hope your insect life shows more gratitude than mine for their new, very elegant winter abode.  May I ask how expensive the constituent parts are to buy?

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 07:27

Sorry Wendy, just seen your post.  Sounds like blanket weed.  I have it too, amazing how quickly it spreads when the weather is warm.  I have a stool I sit on and a long cane which I use to remove the weed.  I make the cane go in small circles winding up the weed the dump it at the side of the pond for any wildlife to find their way back into the water.  (OH says I look like a garden gnome fishing 😏

There are chemicals to control it or barley straw but I am trying to do without hoping a balance will be reached naturally.

Only a few tadpoles left 😩.  I think they are being eaten.  They grow back legs then disappear.  I've not seen a single baby frog.  Still, this is a long term project so I'll keep trying!

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 20:58

Hi Wendy,

My pond is looking pretty established by now and the weather has been glorious and dry for a fortnight.  I found that the water level dropped dramatically especially when it was hot and windy so I have left a hose pipe dripping to keep the level up while I am away.  

My tadpoles have thinned out considerably but I have a whole host of other beasties, including what I think are dragonfly nymphs, in residence.  During this heatwave I have spent far too much time on my tummy simply observing, but I'm loving it.

Starting to raised beds from scratch- Weeds!

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 17:03

You may have compacted soil under the lawn (you can tell I speak from experience!) in which case you would be well advised to plough the whole thing up and follow guidelines for laying turf.  If, like many of us, you just want some usable grass then follow guidelines for oversewing your barren turf to get an acceptable balance of grass to weeds.

I spent years perfecting my lawn and am now introducing plugs of daisies and buttercups to turn part of it into a wildflower meadow.  

Unknown shrub

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 14:45

Ooooooh   Don't like the sound of that Berghill.  Not a plant for a small city garden I fear.  Ah well, I'll just have to start looking for something more suitable.  Thanks again.

Unknown shrub

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 13:54

Found when I had a look for horizontal branches (nothing of note) that it is full of large snails.  They have been "re-homed" and it gives me yet another place to look on my slug and snail safaris.

Will remove the shrub once the fence on the other side is up and I see how much room there is to fill.  Will most probably use something new with more flower power.  Although the flowers are attractive they are pretty insignificant.  I guess when I bought it I thought it would be scented.

Thanks everyone for generously trying to help. 

Unknown shrub

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 21:32

Is it a Lonicera?  I know I described the flowers as honeysuckle-like but I associate Lonicera with a beautiful fragrance.

Unknown shrub

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 21:09

  Absolutely no fragrance I'm afraid.

Unknown shrub

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 20:57

Freestanding Nutcutlet.

Ladybird, just going out to try to detect any fragrance.

Thanks both of you.

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Discussions started by Esspee

Unknown shrub

It is flowering now, pretty little honeysuckle like flowers which don't seem to be attracting any insects. It has to be moved so I am contemplating whether or not it is worth saving. Any advice welcomed. Thanks. 
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Chelsea Flower Show

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Update on new wildlife pond

Three weeks later 
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Small wildlife pond

Is tap water a complete no-no? 
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Cost effective moss killer

Recommendations needed 
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Yet another beautiful day!

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Unusual sight in park

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Edible, poisonous, hallucogenic?

Mystery mushrooms taking over. 
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Should I be afraid?.

Mystery visitor spreading through the border 
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Identification gratefully appreciated

Mystery spreading plant 
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Autumn flowering wallflowers

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Winter project

Magical fairy garden for my granddaughters 
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Shredded branches as mulch?

Adding organic matter or depleting plants of nutrients? 
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Thinking of surrendering 
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Squirrel with taste for crocosmia 
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