Latest posts by franco6832

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 11:53

i sprinkled the powdered chilli on the surface of the compost .

allium purple sensation and irises taking over my small garden

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 11:51

thanks for yr replies. i will work on it.


keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 10:56

i had the same problem. i sprinkled powdered chilli to mask the smell. it worked only a few days and they returned to chomp on the rest. i have put in some new seeds. i am hoping as the weather has warmed up, they will get another source of food and leave my beans alone. good-luck.

allium purple sensation and irises taking over my small garden

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 10:52

i planted a few allium purple sensation bulbs a few years ago and they have almost taken over the garden. i think all the seed heads are coming off as soon as they are finished this year. how do i get rid of the unwanted seedlings ?. my irises are also expanding like they are on speed. i put them in last year and only one flowered, but now there are several off-shoots. my garden looks like an overgrown lawn full of bulblets.

Under trampoline plants?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 20:15

i have a 10 foot trampoline with the same problem. i have daffodils,snowdrops, crocus, fritalaria, anemones, ferns, iris reticulata, primrose, lantern rose and other bits and bobs planted underneath. i leave the main metal structure in place and take off the black cover in autumn. i only put it back around Apr/May by which time most of the flowers would have gone over. Some of the bulbs have been in there for years but a few have been added to turn it into a sort of woodland area. i would try and take some photos morrow.

Tree Roots / Fence Posts

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 16:03

just get an axe and chop off the small bits and cover with mulch and plant up a large pot with trailing plants and place on the stump  to draw attention from the stump, but u will still have to tidy the broken  fences to tidy up the garden. A lick of paint might do the trick. good luck.

Tomato Seedlings Have Wilted??

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 19:52

had the same problem with my tomatoes. i will try a new batch next week.

Cosmos problems!

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 09:47
Verdun wrote (see)
Wood green, I share your fondness for the whites.....I grow these in groups. When sun shines they just glisten. And in partial shade they light up the area.
I grow colours too but wait to see what they are and match them up.
Funnily enough.....contrary to how I previously thought....they do better in good soil. I pre-empt their increased vigour by further pinching. ( great believer in the Chelsea chop and regular pinching out)

I dont think the chelsea chop will work this year with the terrible weather we are Apart from tete-a-tete in flower, nothing is really romping away


Posted: 05/04/2013 at 09:42

bloody cats.. they should be kept on a leash like dogs. its so fustrating and soul destroying when they use yr garden as toilet and dig up plants you have newly planted. sometimes i feel like chasing them and kicking them in the backside but i never close enough. i wish i could transform myself as a cat and leave a big dump infront of their owners


Posted: 04/04/2013 at 11:44

Arthur Bowers multi-purpose is rubbish this year. It is  about 50percent shredded bark and pieces of plastic. I took up an offer of 5 bags for £15 and it was utterly disgraceful the kind of stuff in the bags. I am going to use it as mulch when the weather improves. total waste of cash.

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