hollie hock

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Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:58

I'm one of those who tries to grow things just for the insects. Very short on space though. Each year I notice which plants have the most visitors and do more of the same. I delibrately left some ragwort as it had some catepillars which I've since learnt is the food source for the cinnamen moth. Seen plenty of these this year some I'm sure some would have been supper for the bats. I'm not sure what eats bats, owls I guess.

The ragwort was growing out of a crack in a patio slab so not to every ones style of gardening

I noticed that leafy plants like sweet rocket and honesty host a lot of catepillars.There''s some really mature ivy in the alley at the back of the garden and next doors 6ft brambles are providing the favourite food here I think

Thanks for link Dove, the garden is up for a complete upheaval in the Autumn, so it might give me some fresh ideas

How to dismantle a pallet?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 10:05

Hi aym, I'm not that practical but I've seen some great things built out of pallets, slap a bit of stain on, marvellous!  In a previous house, hubby made a 70ft fence out of them. Hit and miss with cuttings here this year, more down to me not keeping an eye on things than anything else. I've lost a few to heat and direct sun light.

Aloe is meant to be very good for burns and irritation, I don't have one at the moment, will keep my eye out at car boots for a replacement

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 09:42

I use rooting hormone powder sometimes but have had equal success without


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 20:32

That's very smart Redwing. Aym I think is about to start something Gardengirl, she was asking about the easiest way to take them apart, I forgot that you had some sort of pallet tool.

How to dismantle a pallet?

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 20:26

Good luck with your pallet projects aym

How to dismantle a pallet?

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 07:41

Gardengirl is ace at doing this. I can't remember how she does is, it's on her pallet thread

Are Heliotrope hardy

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 10:51

I'm having a go at these from seed this year. After a shaky start I've got 3 survivors at the moment. Small but good roots. I'll over winter them in the cold frames

Shop bought multipurpose compost

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 08:46

I've been using Magnolia I think brand from local nursery for a while now. Last year there must have been loads of weed seeds in it and this year, it's had a tendancy  to grow that green crust on the top of the pots.

What seed are you sowing now ?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 08:07

Will be sowing some hardy annuals like cornflowers and calendulas soon. Outside in pots, wallflowers would grow well now.

I would wait until Spring for the Cosmos wakeshine. Lupins I would sow now outside and see what happens.

I hadn't thought of sowing snap dragons now granma, I know they like to be sown early Spring but never thought about over wintering them. Worth a go I think, thanks

moving house/moving garden

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 17:01

Take some of your favourites in pots if you can. A lot of plants can be split and divided so at least you will have some when you move. Cuttings are worth having a go at too

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