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For those with cat, fox or other animal problems....

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:30

I had one. I used to forget it was there and get soaked at regular intervals.

The animals worked it out and went around it.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:13

Mrs Garden, the daisy is a margeurite. They are perennial but frost tender. You can easily strike cuttings to make more plants, and then cut it down, it will then shoot again . It probably will need as feed as well.


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:08

I spread snowdrops in a broad band along the edges of paths. Spaced about 3 inch apart, they soon thicken up to give a continous white stripe.  Odd ones pushed between perennials will thicken into a clump in  two or three years.

wilting geranium help

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 13:28

The old  leaf petioles do point downwards, and the leaves brown. I leave the leaf stem (petiole) and cut off the dead leaf end  bit. When the frosts are past, repot it or plant in a sunny position and give it a good feed and it should flower this year. Save the seed as the plant will then die.

Manure or not to manure!

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 20:46

Assuming it is now well rotted, it will be fine for potatoes.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:19

I had some old sweet pea seeds that I found in a jar in the garage. I put them on some damp kitchen paper and then as they started to germinate, I put the seed with a tiny shoot about an inch deep in compost. I had about 80% germination with no wasted compost.

To feed or not?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:53

You could put a bell on the cats collar to warn the birds.


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 23:21

Night everyone. Work tomorrow

give and you will receive

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 23:20

I dont do bookface. (as my ozzy friends call it)

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 23:07

The biggest problem I have with sweet peas is keeping the mice off them.

The ones that germinated last October (in the seed pods) are 6 inch high, in the cold polytunnel thing. New seeds   I have planted in deep roottrainers. There is one lot in the main greenhouse (frost protection) in a tray with a propagator lid and mousetraps set. One on the top shelf of the polytunnel, hoping the mice wont climb. One set in next doors conservatory (mouse free). One way or another I intend having some to plant out later on.

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