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Talkback: Three ways to improve your pond

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:30

I've used watercress frequently in the past. If it gets a bit overgrown you just yank it out. It feeds on the nutrients that the algae and blanketweed like. At my last house we had a very big pond and a smaller one. There was a lot of debris and blanketweed and we used a bale of straw for the big one and watercress for the little one. 

gardeners world

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:26

I think that's why so many people are enjoying Beechgrove more.

Susiejenny - usual practice when removing a plant is to water first etc, but I find if something needs removed from a pot it's been in a long time, it's easier if the plant is a bit dry. You can then cut it away a bit round the edge and turn the pot upside down and give it a good shake. I've done it quite often! 

Dove's right though - if the pot's narrower at the top it can be very tricky.


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:20

I use grit but I do use a bit of compost mixed in with it for cuttings. 

I might try that Berghill! 


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:17

Bake us something nice then Wintersong 

I grow my toms undercover - wouldn't survive outside here 

Hug for you lily x

Dove - we're barely getting that kind of temperature during the day here just now. Still, no frost, cloudy here, and there's some rain to come tomorrow so I'll get the lawn feed on today. Need a few bits and pieces so will do that today and get some more digging and sorting done if it stays dry.


Help save my front yard!

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 08:17

I'd agree with pansyface. The overall temps are important as many plants will struggle with those extremes. We all like to see things happen quickly  but, gardening requires a little patience! Could you have a look at what your neighbours have in their gardens and perhaps ask them what grows well? Your local library will have books which you could look at to see what shrubs and plants you like the look of and we can the help with advice about them.

The side with the 'ugly windows' could take a climber. Given that the house is very symmetrical, I'd personally frame the front door/under the windows  with matching planting. Something evergreen to give you a focal point all year round, and then seasonal interest. If the soil's poor I'd add some well rotted farmyard manure - you can get this in a dried form here in Garden Centres and DIY outlets so check that out. It will improve the growing conditions enormously. If you tidy  all the edges of the grass by cutting the turf away to give a neat finish, that will improve the look of your garden immediately. Hope that's of some help initially.

ID please

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 07:55

Aubretia. Yes ighten - dead head if you can and it'll flower again. I had some in the stone walls of the terrace at last house, and although I don't really like it much, it's great for that kind of situation. I brought some with me when I left and it lives in the pot with rosemary and thyme. Flowers constantly. 

Rhodedendron not flowering

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 20:44

Yes - but nodlisab has said there are always plenty of good buds on the rhodie.

Ideas for killing Corydalis

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 18:38

Hi WorriedWeed. I've often said on the forum that I don't rate Roundup as a weedkiller. I don't use it (weedkiller) much, but when it's needed, I use Resolva. It works very quickly. I'm plagued by dandelions as other residents don't keep on top of them, and I have used Roundup in the past, but it's too slow. By the time it starts to work, the flower has formed, so I still have to take them off. 

wasp nest

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 18:15

I can understand that art. Yours is a totally different situation and I'd certainly never advocate leaving a nest in the house - I had one or two in a previous house and had to destroy them. Your neighbour should respect the problem it creates for you and frankly, be a bit more helpful.

If you have sealant - try using that on the gap. I did that at the point where the phone line came into the house. That's where they were getting in and accessing our loft.


Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:38


Hope lunch was good to make up for it 

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