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Talkback: Tidying your garden in autumn

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:41
An old chestnut this one. As a gardener in North London it's a conundrum I face often - and not just in Autumn. In my experience there has been a growing shift away from designer lead, sharp edged gardens towards a greener, more tolerant one. This is to be welcomed. However,those spaces where wildlife really flourish, are always the "neglected" ones. These are rarely if ever planned to be havens they just end up that way, and when you have two or three together, they can look like miniature nature reserves.Certain trees and shrubs are magnets for birds and insects, Pyracanthas are great for House Sparrows- the taller and denser the better.In the Autumn/Winter they will have Blackbirds and thrushes feeding on the berries.Elder is great for birds and insects and Apple trees hard to beat. Sadly, many more clients want their ponds filled in than started. Wherever I have put in even small ponds - or restored old ones the insect life has exploded in just a few months. Soon followed by frogs, toads even newts.

Talkback: Garden wildlife and autumn tidying

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:41
Reply to Boggle Thank you for your comment. The most profound to date. I will take great pleasure in plagiarizing it horribly over the next few years.

Talkback: Garden wildlife

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:41
I have about 4 orb weavers moving into the front window of my house. Orb weavers are a type of spider with an orb as its body! They are fascinating to watch and are really something special

Talkback: Grey mould

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:41
my peppers have been a bit slow this year too,after loosing the first buds while on holiday in july.I think they may have been over wartered.No trouble with the dreaded Botrytis yet.

Talkback: Green manure

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:41
Hi Kieran, you won't directly harm the garden by not using green manure, but if you intend to dig over a large portion of the garden, it's a good idea to sow a green manure over the surface. This will help protect the soil structure and retain its nutrient levels. Kate

Talkback: Protecting fruit from birds

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:41
I tend to take a few windfall apples, cut them in half and leave them at the base of the tree. The blackbirds seems to like the easier option of a skinless apple laid out for them rather than pecking at an apple still on the branch.

Talkback: Vine weevils again

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:41
I hate vine weEVILs & squish on sight, then investigate the pots for the grubs. The only good thing to come out of this is an ever-growing collection of heucheras! They don't thrive in my garden soil but are fine in pots - until the VW gets them.... Once evident, I sieve through the soil/rinse the (remaining) roots & plant out the remnnants as separate pieces/cuttings.

Talkback: Dragonfly nymphs

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:41
how lovely to have dragon flies.

Talkback: Carnivorous plants

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:41
Having nearly killed my pitcher plant by not keeping the water topped up I'm now in the strange position of having green flies trying to attack the "fly eating plant". I will continue to wipe them off until its pitchers regrow. Will it then "eat" the flies?

Talkback: Garden centres revisited

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:41
If only the passion for garden shows would filter over here to the US. At best we have a couple of landscaping shows that are anything but educational to the gardener. Or, in the case of "Victory Garden", isn't so boring you want to fall asleep, lol. And don't get me started on plant nurseries. While I am sure that there are US nurseries with knowledgeable staff, I have yet to run across one...

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