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Keeping Cats off My Veg Patch

Posted: 11/01/2012 at 19:57

Try growing the curry plant.   They don't like the smell!

Redesign of garden

Posted: 07/01/2012 at 07:07

I had to smile when I read your post, ChrisBee.    My first husband was very adamant that I shouldn't remove any of his precious lawn.    I waited until he wasn't at home and dug a new wavy edged border, and he was very cross.   The next door neighbour gave me a whole load of self-seeded forget-me-nots and I planted these all along the edge of the border.    A week later I took another six-inches of lawn away all along the edge, and moved all the forget-me-nots to the new edge.    He didn't notice!   So, I did this several times until I had a lovely deep border for planting!     I must say, those forget-me-nots were very tolerant of being dug up weekly! 


Posted: 31/12/2011 at 17:14

I haven't propagated mistletoe myself, as there is no need here in the West Midlands where I live.    So many of the trees are festooned with it.    It seems to like apple and hawthorn trees, but also others too.    I hunted for some for cutting for indoors but by the week before Christmas, the birds had had most of the berries.

Welcome to the brand new forum

Posted: 31/12/2011 at 17:06

And a Happy New Gardening Year to you too, happymarion2, and to all forum users.  

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 27/12/2011 at 12:04

I have a hydrangea, all browned mop-heads, except for two bright pink ones that have just come out!    Nasturtiums are still flowering, too, along with pink penstemons.   Some daffodils are beginning to show their shoots.

On another note, my winter clematis, Freckles, are an absolute delight right now.

Talkback: Birds - make your own bird box

Posted: 18/12/2011 at 22:21

My birdbox is facing east.    This avoids the hot sun from the south, and the cold wind from the north.   This summer great-tits raised two clutches in it. 


Posted: 14/12/2011 at 20:26

Our house was invaded by harlequin ladybirds looking for somewhere to hibernate for the winter.    Thankfully, I saw them all over the kitchen window and managed to shut all windows, and only four made it indoors.   They were quickly scooped up.   Our native ladybirds hibernate outdoors, but the harlequins can be a real nuisance when they get indoors.  

Ericaceous soil

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 20:20

I agree with you, Patrevlil.    There is little point in trying to fight Mother Nature - she always wins in the end!    I also have very heavy clay soil, but grow hydrangeas, rhododendrons, acers, pieris and camellias all in pots of ericaceous compost.   A fortnightly watering with an ericaceous feed, from about March through to September, keeps them all in good health.

Gardeners World

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 20:16

Am I the only person who thinks we gardeners are discriminated against in favour of the cooks amongst us?    There are cookery programmes almost every single day, all year round, on the television.    How often are there gardening programmes?    The balance is all wrong!!!

An open note to all Shops big and small,

Posted: 14/12/2011 at 20:13

I do hate the way most garden centres seem to turn into Santa's Grottoes at this time of year.     But then, if it keeps them going, why should I complain?    I just avoid going to them until January.

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