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Falling leaves-loads of em.

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 08:05

Thank you Dove! I couldn't work out how to fix it 

Jennifer10 the link above recommends putting photinia leaves (shredded, if possible) into the compost bin because they are so slow to break down in a leaf pit. 

Falling leaves-loads of em.

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 07:46

I just saw this which may be helpful. There's also a link to a video which is pretty clear.

Sorry, I don't know why the link didn't work!

We put leaves in a chicken wire enclosure that's about a metre diameter, though last year we needed to use a builders sack too.

Japanese Knotweed on neighbour’s property

Posted: 05/10/2015 at 07:31

There's lots of knotweed in our area (not in our garden) and we killed a small patch on a bank by a lane by smearing leaves with glyphosate gel, I think it took three or four goes over a couple of years. I'm sure I've read that Autumn is a good time to treat it...don't leave it any longer to start killing it whatever you decide to do in the medium term. Good luck!

Fencing alternatives - Ivy?

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 06:45

I've heard of the 'no fencing' rule in front gardens because of the design of a housing estate, but not in back gardens. Still, Donna doesn't want a fence anyway.

I like Tetley's idea of mixed shrubs and climbers. (Though if it were mine, I'd prefer them against trellis... although it's almost a fence, it allows wind filtering, is less solid than panels, allows light/rain from both sides, provides instant privacy while the plants grow and keeps pets safe.)

Apple trees for new orchard in SW Wales

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 22:40

A nursery to have a look at is Ty Rhos trees, although it might be a bit of a trek from your new place. They sell a good range of trees and have been very helpful to a friend wanting Welsh varieties of fruit trees.

japanese knotweed

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:36

We killed a small patch on a pembrokeshire bank by the road side (which we had spotted on a walk) by painting the leaves with glyphosate gel. It gradually weakened and seemed to have gone by the third year. I'll go and check later though. Unfortunately it is running wild in various places near here.

broad beans and marigolds

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 23:19

Is that just French marigolds? Not calendula? (I was given some assorted calendula seeds last autumn which have germinated really well.)

buying online - recommendations?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 21:25

Sorry, I hadn't read your post carefully enough! Isn't it unlikely that you'll get spring flowering bulbs now, unless they are 'in the green'? Mind you, I spotted sacks of daffodil bulbs cheap at a local garden centre recently.

buying online - recommendations?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 20:37

Someone on another thread recommended Eurobulbs



Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 18:01

We were commenting on the lovely patches and drifts of snowdrops on roadside banks today... Definitely not dumped garden waste! Likewise the primroses and daffs. Mind you, the council has done a similar bulldozing job to the one Lordswood mentioned to widen a road for oil tankers, shame the refinery has closed!

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