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Latest posts by HyppyByker

Horsetail - Help!

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 13:15

My neighbour is in a home now and here very old greenhouse collasped and was removed a few weeks ago.  All over the place where it stood horsetail has grown and now it's coming though to my garden - even popped up in the greenhouse.

2 q's - how do I treat it on my side and what do I ask them to do about such a huge infestation next door. 

They strimmed it this week and I have a feeling you might tell me this is the worst thing to do!

Delphinium & Lupin

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 13:01

Slugs and snails have mullered my lupins - should I take the worst affected leaves off or leave them?  there's nothing but veins on many of them


Deutzia - should it stay or should it go now

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 12:52

A donated deutzia has been languishing in the wrong place for a couple of years until the proper borders were reay.  Thay are now so I was going to move it back end. 

My quandary is this - is it of any value to wildlife?  I haven't got much space so everything in the garden has to be wildlife-friendly as well as attractive.

I don't have any particular love of the shrub and my alternatives for the spot are a black elder (already got) or a philadelphus (not got) - are either of those better for wildlife?  I'm thinking the elder is but I love the scent of philadelphus

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 13:25

Some sound advice here so thanx to everyone - I love sweetpeas with a passion and ordered some special ones this year but I did everything wrong and they're frankly pathetic

October sowing this year and no molly-coddling!

Wildlife pond advice

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 13:16

Ditto on the depth and I sloped the edges too much on too wide an area to allow for the wildlife getting out but not the depth for plants

White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 14:40

A fellow sufferer - yay!  On your experience I won't do anything other than clear away what i can when I turn the compost and let nature do the rest.  That's always my default position but it's nice to have it confirmed   Thanx Jumbo

White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 13:54

Hmm food for thought - his description seems to match but others refer more to the worm aspect and these aren't.  If they're benign they can't be the same as the ones on my seedlings and other plants - better look at them a bit closer!

I tried an organic psray before and it didn't seem to do much good - they haven't got wings so anything that works by stopping them flying isn't any use.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 13:24


Lovely to see the pics WS - a credit to your love and attention

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 13:19

Amen to that

White bugs infesting compost bin

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 13:17

They don't have wings so ulness they're another stage in the white fly life cycle I don't think so - and they've been in the same state for months.

I do have white fly on my lupins (which the sparrows are enjoying immensly ) so maybe they are connected.  I've also had them on certain seedlings in the greenhouse and they make the leaves curl up and the plant stunted - I picked the top surface off and some have recovered enough to plant out - but I definitely didn't use old compost anywhere near them.

Will try the boiling water idea to start with and disinfect the bin when I turn the compost

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