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Overgrown Garden

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 13:59

I wouldn't recommend anything like a mini digger as it's likely to chop up underground stems / roots of plants like ivy which will then regrow from all the chopped-up bits! I speak from experience as I let a chap rotovate the end third of my garden and it's now entirely ivy.

2017 tomatoes...

Posted: 11/09/2017 at 13:54

Blight took mine this year, same as last year. I rescued some that were ripening but didn't get much in the end.

Will have to try GH growing next year as I'm not prepared to change all the soil in the raised beds :-(

I.d please

Posted: 10/09/2017 at 22:34

Dr Trevor Dines, Botanical Specialist at charity Plantlife, said if people see the plant they should contact their council immediately.

Back Lawn to Wildflower Patch

Posted: 30/08/2017 at 13:56

If the grass is growing well, it's probably too rich.

I converted my front grass, which has never been fed by me in 25+ years.

The first year I cleared small patches and sowed wildflower seeds. None of them came up. I let the grass grow and just mowed a path through. The marguerites, selfheal and other sturdy wild plants as well as a variety of grasses looked very nice. I bought a few perennial wildflowers and planted a patch of Greater Knapweed, another patch of Night Scented Catchfly and another of Sneezewort. Also individual plugs of yellow rattle here and there.

This year I added annuals again but more carefully! Along one side there was a shady patch which had had bits and pieces dumped on it. Took away the rubbish and had bare soil with no grass growing. The annual seeds I put there gave a lovely show this year. Cornflower, corn cockle, corn marigold and poppies. I had to weed around them when they were coming up otherwise the more vigorous established wildflowers would have taken over.

ID problem need a photo of niger plant

Posted: 24/08/2017 at 17:31

Nyjer plants are very disappointing when they flower - not like teasels which I thought I was nurturing last year. Insignificant flowers and small seed heads. I pull them up when I see them. I'm in the balmy south/south west!

Who is this visitor?

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 21:47

Newt. They spend the vast majority of their time out of the pond, only really going back for mating.

Anyone know who has left this on my patio

Posted: 22/08/2017 at 11:33

The invisible man 

Sunflowers is this normal?

Posted: 19/08/2017 at 19:50

I have had them flowering again when dead-headed. Even if I don't - so the seeds are there for the birds - I get small flowers emerging from lower down.

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 18:05

I'm putting food out again tonight but that's it until the camera arrives. I have put a layer of damp sand down and will put the dish in the middle. I'm hoping that there may be some sign of footprints so I will have a clue as to who's taking it.

Wildlife cameras vary a lot in price. I've taken some advice and gone for one around the £130 mark.

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 18/08/2017 at 14:19

That's brilliant news, kateprickles!

I have found hedgie poo in my garden seveeral times lately and last night put out a small offering of meaty dog-food. It had gone in an hour though I don't kid myself that it was a hoggie; rats, cats and foxes are more likely. However, I have ordered a wildlife camera! I've been meaning to for ages and have now been-an-gorn-an-dunnit.

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