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Talkback: Breeding newts

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
hi richard,please could you help me,,i have some newts in my pond [only about 3 i think],and im really sure they are palmate newts i keep looking at them and then checking on-line[pictures] and they have all the markings of palmates ie orange/yellowish spots on belly they are quite small, but they are defiently not smooth newts as they do not at all look like your pictures plus i went onto your link as well.... if they are palmate newts are theses quite rare [only someone said to me they are and that i would have to inform someone..BUT WHO do i inform??? im a bit worried as ive had a lot of work done in my garden the past few weeks and im a bit concerned that ive disturbed them!!!!! they have been in my garden for a few years now but ive never has newt spawn,however this past few weeks i keep getting some kind of whiteish stuff/slime floating ontop of the water,but that i guess could just be snail stuff.[maybe].

Talkback: Paving over front gardens

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I think Kate was referring to commercial horticulture, Gwen. Gardeners World is very keen on us all carrying out sustainable gardening and do try very hard to garden organically as Monty is illustrating in his own garden. I just loved the bit last week about feeding the slugs and snails with comfrey leaves so they are too full to attack your hostas. I have two framed certificates for the "Best Wildlife Garden in Bristol", dated 1990 and 1992, so many of us have been gardening for wildlife as well as ourselves for a long time. It was only the gardening press and a few books on the subject that persuaded me and I am so glad they did.

Talkback: Growing bamboo

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
It's absolutely right and proper to wander from the straight and narrow. I remember moaning about paying a tenner for three "sticks" in a pot (P. nigra) many moons ago (times was hard, guv). But now have three beautiful clumps about the garden thanks to those three sticks - plants for free! One clump is exposed to the wind and so I think doesn't do as well as its siblings but impressive all the same.

Talkback: Growing veg in containers

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I grow a lot of veg. in pots but my only worry is when we go on holiday. My neighbour kindly waters for me but I feel it is such a responsibility for her to keep everything going. How do you overcome this problem?

Talkback: Grow Yourself Healthy 2011

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I have just had a bowl of my own potato and leek soup made with the last of last years potatoes and leeks picked from the garden and it was delicious and the first two plots of veg. in my garden are the early potatoes and leek plants which have grown in lovely big clumps from the two leeks I let go to seed last year. Celeriac is delicious mashed with potatoes or roasted and no trouble to grow. Once you have grown your own veg. you will not settle for anything less, I agree, Adam, the anticipation is lovely and gets you up early in the morning to go and see how things are fairing. When my sweet corn has been harvested in October this year I am hoping to have saved enough to have my large veg. garden converted into a potager with raised beds, proper paths and design for rotation of crops, companion planting and a seat - all much more sensible for an octogenarian who loves to grow her own veg. but wants to keep fit while doing it.

Talkback: Growing herbs

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
My herbs have all survived except the sage. The chives are in bud and I've already picked some parsley, not bad for central Scotland. Have replanted them around the edge as I found it difficult to pick the ones at the back last year so now have some flowers in the spaces left. A story to make you smile now. Two young girls came to tell me that another wee girl had stolen a lady bird from my garden kept a sraight face and said Im sure the ladybird did'nt mind. Laughed at the thought then spent the rest of the night worrying in case she killed it.

Talkback: Changing soil in greenhouse borders

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I shuld think, JohnB, that Pippa's suggestion of the top 8inches being renewed every year(just like a fresh growbag really)should work for a few years. A build-up of soil pathogens would be bad news for tomatoes. As every greenhouse border varies in size it is difficult to specify when you should dig right down to the subsoil and replace. The old method of crop rotation seems more sensible to me.

Talkback: Growing sweet peas from seed

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I planted sweetpea seeds 4 weeks ago in the greenhouse. They are now in 3 different places in the garden - about 4 inches tall and looking good. I live in Torquay where the frosts are rare at this time of year and if one is forecast I will drape them with fleece but I have my fingers crossed. Same with the sunflowers.

Talkback: Garden habitats for frogs

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
do you think the dry weather has stop our frogs from producing frogspawn,,,i have seen a good few frogs in my garden but no spawn yet!!!! is it to early or is it just the warm weather thats stopped things.

Talkback: Bees and bee flies

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
Thank you, Richard. I am now looking at my holly and ivy in a new light. knowing that i have the perfect conditions for two generations of such beautiful butterflies in my garden,

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