Latest posts by figrat

What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 15:45
Apart from the slugs...honeysuckle, hemerocallis, hardy geraniums, viticella clematis. Foxgloves terrific until they got battered in the wind. Roses have been good too. And the philadelphus. Broad beans cropping well, climbing beans are just dreadful. It is disheartening isn't it?

New to gardening-need help!

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 10:20
Not a planting suggestion- there are so many excellent ideas already suggested- but painting the fence in a lighter colour, and maybe putting a couple of strategically placed garden safe mirrors about could help with the amount of available light.
OK, one planting suggestion...Acer Senkaki does well in a container, and though deciduous, has wonderful coral red bark that glows in the winter.

Help identify my flower please :)

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 09:20
Honeysuckle for sure. But it is neither a vegetable nor suitable for desktop cultivation.

July in your garden...

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 17:53
Must admit am getting very despondent with the lack of decent weather. The slugs have had a field day on the veg, but at least one courgette and some peas have started cropping. Climbing beans are pathetic as are the sweet peas. But the herbaceous stuff and the roses have been wonderful, the philadelphus has flowered magnificently as well, so I cut a few branches and popped them in a vase so I could enjoy them without getting drenched. Tomatoes are limping along, haven't planted any outside as it seems like prime blight weather. Managed to net the strawberries, maybe the slugs and blackbirds will leave me a few..

Sheeps droppings

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 17:34
I've done this recently. I think it needs a stir from time to time, I put the poo in a net kindling sack and stupidly tied the neck of the bag with a length of string which I then threaded through a hole in the lid of the butt and attached to a stick. I thought this would let me agitate the sack of poo as I went by...but of course the string rotted and broke! And with the recent non stop monsoon the butt has been overflowing, so the mix is running clear. But as I live on the edge of Dartmoor, gathering fresh sheep poo is not really a problem, so I'm going to get another load, drop it in and tie it a bit more securely!

Leaving the garden to itself for a year - what to plant?

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 08:54
I note that you mentioned nitrogen fixing plants - it might be worth investigating green manures, some of which will overwinter, and can look attractive in a utilitarian sort of way. They wouldn't stop weeds completely, but if sown thickly enough should at least suppress them. Then when you get back, you could dig them in to your veg beds.

Slugs and snails

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 16:40
Have despatched quite a few pairs of snails recently, which seem to be joined together in a rather odd way. My sister tried nematodes for the first time this year, and has been very impressed by the results.

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 15:21
Tried the flamethrower- doesn't get the roots.

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 14:52
I'll give it a go then! Have you tried it Joe?

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 14:13
I am plagued with this campanula. Unfortunately, digging out the roots isn't an option for me as they are in dry stone Walls. And flowerbeds. And cobbles. When it's finished flowering I yank it all out ( so I can see the walls!). I am thinking of glyphosating it, has anybody tried it?

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