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Cats in the graden

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 20:26
  • Bamboo sticks, chopped up to 30cm lengths and shoved in soil anywhere there is a bare patch.
  • GARLIC GRANULES (brilliant for drier times - needs to be reapplied if it has rained, so not good for now - but works a treat as they loathe the smell).
  • Pepper dust (this and garlic granules both available from garden ctr and really do work if you persist).
  • Shooing them away when they are in your garden and aiming garden hose at them (i don't even have to go as far as wetting them - the mere sight of water coming out of the hose sends them running).

Above all - they are creatures of habit and are doing what comes naturally. Annoy them enough in this pursuit and they'll soon go elsewhere.

I love cats and would never harm one, so would never advocate using any chemical/poison - no way.

ORCHIDS

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 10:23

PS: in the wild, they twine around other plants and have quite far-reaching roots, because they grow on bark of other plants and not in open soil as such. It's best to never cut their roots back, even if they spill over the pot

ORCHIDS

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 10:20

Agree with stargaze.

All my phalaenopsis orchids are in bark chipping and also in transparent pots, as the roots are also able to photosynthesise, so that way they get some light.

They hate being stood in water and, if in compost additionally, can rot very quickly.

To water mine, I stand them in a sink filled with an inch or so of water, for an hour. They absorb the water they need up from the base, which means their growing medium isn't saturated.

They like a light spot, but not direct sunlight or drafts.

When flowering has finished, I cut the flowering stem back to about 20cm from the base.

I also feed mine with orchid feed during the spring and summer.

Enjoy 

 

 

 

Spring is getting closer.

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 10:15

Ah, that sounds lovely Forester!

When there is a break in the rain here in London and I can even get outside to have a look at my garden, I can see shoots everywhere. Daffodils and narcissus just starting to emerge, snowdrops all out at last, shoots on irises and dwarf acres...now if it could just stop raining for a couple of weeks please....

 

Nemasys Vine Weevil Nematodes

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 11:28

Thanks Verdun - yes, I recall your being one of the few provado promoters on here 

Whilst i wouldn't rule it out, especially if it saves plants ( I am fearing that the grubs are currently active, rather than overwintering, because it has been so mild), I am worried about the effect on the beds long-term.

Does provado stay in the plant for months after use, or not?

I don't really know the answer and googling it hasn't given me much info either.

Some of my plants are also herbs and many plants are in open soil, alongside many plants which are attractive to pollinators.

My greatest fear is that provado may remain in the plants or the soil long-term and work its way into the plant structure, thus harming pollinators months ahead.

If you or anyone could tell me that that doesn't happen, the I'd use it too 

Plant ID please

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 13:51

 too true, punk.

Nemasys Vine Weevil Nematodes

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 13:51

Yes, thanks for the soil info though - guess I could shove a thermometer in there!

Nemasys Vine Weevil Nematodes

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 12:08

 thanks Edd.

I'm hoping the grubs are still overwintering...but given the mild winter we've had so far, I'm not so sure...

Advice required

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 12:05

Oooooh Babs, a massive blank canvas to get your teeth into - how exciting! There are free garden design programs online now, that you can play with to see what sort of designs you may like. 

Try http://www.gardendesignpro.co.uk/acatalog/free_garden_design_software.html

amongst others.

Agree that the best thing is also to browse books, magazines, websites...can give you loads of ideas. 

Visit gardens too (RHS to a great membership), as well as parks and anywhere with a bit of green - write down what you like the look of and take photos. You can ID things later on.

As iGrow says, ask next door about their garden - find out what exposure yours has, what the soil is like etc - really important for deciding what will grow best and thrive, rather than thrashing it out with plants that may be unhappy in a particular spot or soil.

Go to garden centres as well, just to look at plants you may like and read the labels!  I used to do that loads and also chat to the more knowledgeable plant staff, who gave me tips and advice.

Above all, don't expect for a minute that you'll create your dream garden in one season and leave it that way. It takes time, loads of mistakes and lots of love and attention. It's a process, rather than a task to be finished. And above all, it's loads of fun - so enjoy!

 

Plant ID please

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 11:56

I love daisies...

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Will it re flower if I deadhead or more? 
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