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Quick question for the composting experts

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 20:57

Hi Daryl2

I shouldn't worry about the worms making a bid for freedom. I have noticed a lot around the lid every time I have opened mine lately. I think they come to the top when it rains - and of course the rain hammers on the lid. They usually settle back down. Sounds like you are doing all the right things with the content.


Copper tape

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 19:39

I find copper tape quite effective but you do need to "polish it up" occasionally otherwise it doesn't work. However, I do tend to treat it as just one weapon in my anit-slug and snail armoury. My hostas are now in pots encircled with copper tape, plus Vaseline around the rim and a mulch of all the crushed egg shells I saved in a jar over winter. Nematodes do seem to work best but I have run out of gardening budget for now! As previous posters have commented, the blighters do seem capable of abseiling/ parachuting onto precious plants ....

Identify this please?

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 19:29

they look a little bit like the violets that have self-seeded all over my garden. Quite a woody root, very resistant to being pulled up?

Favourite variety of your plants......

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:48

my favourite pulmonaria is Trevi Fountains. Grows in sun or shade - so fantastic for the many shady corners in my garden. Fabulous  leopard spotted leaves pretty much all year round, flowers for the bees in early spring. Low maintenance - just remove dead flower stalks and dead leaves to avoid mildew.

What would you do with this huge garden?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 23:16

echo that! lucky you. Looks like you have lots of sun as well as space.

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 09:37

In borders: 1 hellebore in flower, lots more in bud; Cyclamen hederiflorum, fuchsia magellicana, chimonanthus praecox (wintersweet) is flowering madly whilst still has some leaves to drop, one very early snowdrop (but most still poking their noses up), 1 Japanese anemone, 1 geranium macrorhizzum, daphne aureomarginata in bud, camellia "Debbie" buds looking like they are about to open. In pots:  pelargoniums and violas flowering

Gardening challenges for 2015

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 21:00

my challenge is to get the much longed for "long season of interest". In my somewhat shady city garden, spring is fab but there's not enough going on in summer and autumn. I'm nurturing some hardy annuals in my mini-greenhouse and planning to get more summer flowering bulbs in. Also to expand my edible growing repertoire beyond herbs and tomatoes. Happy Gardening New Year everyone!


What are your favourite native flowers?

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 06:59

poppies in cornfields and the moon daisies that seem to thrive next to busy roads

Which tree for my garden?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 18:24

I have what I *think* is a katsura in my garden. It is beautiful - lovely weeping habit but with branches way above head height. Small round leaves, which go a gorgeous buttery orange in Autumn (September, usually) and make fab leaf mould (I am slightly obsessed with leaf mould). It was in the garden when I moved in 15 years ago, and I am still trying to make a positive ID! However, I am in London - I believe they don't thrive well in very cold, exposed sites. If I had to replace it, I would probably go for a Liquidamber - Rowans are pretty but a bit too small for me and they are being planted all over London. I am sorry you lost your honey locust, there are a few in neighbouring gardens and they are absolutely beautiful trees. If you can establish why the old one died and ensure the problem is fixed, I would replace like for like!


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 18:09

Enthused, they could be any one of the "stinkhorn" mushrooms. Google and you will see they are also called Phallacae - some of the images are um... interesting! Not a fungi expert but like other posters, I believe that these are amazing organisms and - in the main - harmless to us and our plants. Fungi perform functions in the garden that are only just beginning to be understood. I delight in them as a sign of a healthy ecosystem. I was delighted to see lots of "puffballs" colonising my front garden, as until five years ago, it was pretty much covered in concrete

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