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Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 21:04

Aaaah what gorgeous cats and dogs!

Making me miss my old cat though...would love to get a kitten when my daughter's a little older, even though I spend half my time chasing cats away from the beds as it stands.

Am hoping MY cat will be well trained and respectful in my garden, but cats are buggers for not listening to their owners

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:59

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26373.jpg?width=408&height=350&mode=max

 you can see the bed in question just behind the little girl in the photo - it's a bit taller now but much messier and stragglier!

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:53

Ok, so my 1m x 1m very mini meadow, full of cornfield annuals (sown at exactly the right quantity and the right soil, as per seed seller's instructions) is now looking like an overgrown bed of weeds.

Not enough sun.

Too much rain.

All soggy, floppy, no structure, plants lying on top of other plants.

Argh - it's horrible!

Nothing flowering yet either.

Tempted to quit whilst I'm ahead, as it ain't gonna get any prettier...take the whole lot out underplant with autumn bulbs (Sternbergia) and herbaceous perennials...then loads of snowdrops for Spring.

But I'm having difficulty trying to imagine what type of plants should go there.

Small urban garden by the way, plum slate, raised beds, water feature...this small bed is oval and set into the slate.

It's west facing and gets a lot of sun (when it is actually sunny, which it hasn't been properly in Londo for eons).

Shall I plant many of the same plant, creating a mini drift-of-something? Or a signature plant? Or just have herb. perennials coming through as the snowdrops and cyclamen coums fade? What herb. perennial would be the best for long flowering period?

I have several in my garden already, but am a wee bit stuck for ideas...

Would prefer cool colours - ideally only one - say silver and white, or lilac and purple...

Your expert ideas are much needed as I'm running out of time

 

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 22:54

nut, I know what you mean

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 22:52

Great post Verdun

My 1st memory was growing candytuft from seed in a candytuft competition at primary school, aged about 7 (my god, do kids even do stuff like that any more?! It was the 70's mind...)

I was hooked.

Plant ID

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 22:49

it's very pretty whatever it is

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 22:48

Really Nicky? That's interesting coz it did naff all in our patch!

Cannot believe there are people out there using broken glass

Apparently Coleman's mustard powder works well too - as Kellie says - strong smells.

Works brilliantly for me too, but you have to keep it up.

Cats in my flowerbeds

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 12:16

I love cats and have always owned one until a few years ago but yes, they are a pest to gardeners at times.

My experiences and tips:

1) Ultrasonic device - works well on my parents balcony, but if you have sensitive ears (like me!) you can actually hear it. Also uses up a lot of battery unless wired into mains, as you'll activate it every time you are pottering about too.

2) Silent Roar never worked for me and smelt foul, as did everything it touched!

3) Pepper Dust and Organic Cat repellent from Growing Success (based on garlic powder) both VERY effective especially for sprinkling around newly seeded beds and pots (mine were marauded by cats until I found these). Pepper dust downside- disappears at the first rain. Garlic powder - last longer but you can see the whiteness of the tiny spots against the soil (if that bothers you).

4) I take lengths of bamboo cane and chop them to 30cm lengths, then stick these in the bare ground all around my garden - they can't get past them.

5) For larger plot of seed bed, I cover with a big, fine meshed cloche (folds up and goes into shed easily for rest of the year). It fixes into ground with tent pegs and works very well.

I also shoo them away whenever I catch them at it and throw water in their direction - keeps them away a bit, but one is very brazen and just waits 'til I'm out 

Lov'em dearly and would never harm one, but they've cost me a fortune in ruined plants and seeds - until I wisened up to all the above!

 

Good luck - remember they are creatures of habit, so whatever you do/use, you have to be religius and maintain your habit, to deter theirs.

rust on lamiums and rhubarb

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 12:05

ok thank you again!

 

rust on lamiums and rhubarb

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 21:55

thanks WW - best to do it after they've flowered you think?

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