Garden Maniac

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Grape Vine Care

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 20:48

Hi -

I have sucessfully (thanks to the forum) produced grapes on my vine for the first year, outdoors in a sheltered spot. Last year I overwintered it in the summerhouse.  I can do this again as its only about 6ft tall, and not really intertwined on the trellis.  The question is, WHAT do you prune off; as there are conflicting reports on this one, and HOW do you overwinter it correctly.  I have 2 vines now, one is small and easy to relocate, the other fruit bearing one is vitis sauvignon, (blanc) and it has produced so much fruit that I want to get this right! Can anyone help please?

Talkback: Friend or foe?

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 20:03
Also I was present at the talk at Gardener's World Live when this was mentioned!!

Talkback: Friend or foe?

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 20:01
Friend - Ladybird Larvae - of any type - I also have not seen a single ladybird in my garden this year, which really worries me, as it has previously been a haven for them. No yellows, no reds of any variety. REALLY worrying. I try to encourage all wildlife, and include 'homes' for them over the winter; I don't use any preventer substances / killers of any type,organic or otherwise, but apart from seeing 2 larvae only, no ladybirds. Oldchippy is correct! What are we doing wrong, is this a National trend or can we still do more to encourage them (PS - I have plenty of greenfly!).

How long do Lupins live?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 22:29

My mom grew lupins year on year, with no issues, when I was growing up. She never fussed over or worried about propogation etc.  Same with delphiniums.  HOWEVER - I still live in the same house and not only are there none of these native plants here (other than one peony, transplanted to a tub to move), but I cannot grow any lupins or delphiniums, as they are slug snacks by night, and disappear in a few days, despite all the organic (and non in the past) monopod controls I can throw at them.  I have planted from seed, bought plug plants and established plants at around £10 per time, but can still not get them to naturalise, or even grow to flower. So, in response, I have given up with these and just think that the conditions don't allow this.  I'm envious of anyone that has a garden full of them however, as they are gorgeous flowers, but not as easy as some may think!  

bumble bees

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 22:12

Try some plastic edging to contain it and tie the tops into a bundle.  If its a non-invasive bamboo you'll be ok to move it later - where are the bees nesting???  Ground or a wall beyond? I only ask as I have bees in a small wall alongside a swinging hammock -  I'm enjoying watching their movements and habits, but they are not phased by and dont mind our prescence at all... It depends where their nest is in relation to what you want to move...


first time tomato grower seeks advice

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 22:52

I leave my greenhouse door open all the time now, although it's netted.  My Toms are all in pots and this year is the best I've had in the last 5 with plenty of fruits!  I wouldn't worry about surface roots, and the hose setting hasn't really made much difference to mine...


Variegated Foxglove?

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 22:45

Hi - I've got one like this - I assumed it was the dry border it was in - will be taking seed though!

Whats moving our bird seed feeder?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 23:42

At this time of year, the wood pigeons do the same to mine - they eat whats on the bird table and then turn their attentions to the feeders - they are quite proficient in finding a way to peck through the hole and if that fails, actually hold onto the feeder itself and pull it off the hooks / holders.  They are very hungry (and heavy) birds, with no doubt young to feed, so I don't worry about it - just fill them and hang them back up and enjoy the fact that the pigeons are regular visitors!

herbicide concentration?

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 23:31

OOOOh - you really don't want to use or keep that. If you feel the need, please get a modern equivalent, but I can't think for a moment why anyone would want to! What did you have in mind for it, opm? Maybe there's an alternative?

school garden

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 23:20

I've found the way around having anything that comes under the umbrella of H&S is to devise a carefully constructed risk assessment for the area, given what you would like to put into it (I'm also a teacher, and one who signs off risk assessments). What about bluebells (bulbs) and forget me not (really easy to grow from seed). Have you considered those dedicated wildlife packs from seed (scatter and water), there are lots of different mixes of seeds, with many consumer requirements!   If its a woodland area you are limited, but the other suggestion is hellibores or tobacco plants, which may grow. Just make sure that all are placed within your risk assessment, based on the students that will visit / work there. (Don't forget the staff with hayfever too!)  Hope this helps.

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