Jess is in the Garden


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Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 12:19

It's 5 inches across, not a baobab tree! I'm sure leaving it will be fine

Hedgehogs?

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 12:12

Lavande he's HUGE! And adorable I have hedgehog envy now....

Years ago, when I live in a council flat that had large, grassed communal garden outside the back doors, we could hear hedgehogs snuffling their way along the walls in the evening. It was such a funny sound!

 

Hedgehogs?

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 12:09

Dove that is brilliant! A hedgehog gate  

Do the cats get through as well?

Maybe I can encourage my neighbour on the fenced side to open up a gap too...

But where would I get my hedgehog? Can hardly go and nick one off the Heath!

 

Hedgehogs?

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:50

Yes, we have a low wall on one side, then fence the other two, but with no visible gaps anywhere at all. Never seen  hedgehog in here and was going to try introducing one, but the person on the heath whom I asked said they had to be able to go from garden to garden (ours is too small and it wouldn't do the hedgehog any good to be stuck in it). Sigh!

Washed out soil

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:47

lilly, there's no such thing as a stupid question, so ask away - that's what these forums are all about 

Hedgehogs?

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:50

That's such a sweet story

I wish I could have a hedgehog in my garden, but they wouldn't be able to get in or out, sadly.

Post us a picture once it decides to emerge, if you catch it in time!

Washed out soil

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:47

We're in London and have clay too. Plus enormous amounts of rain (though nothing like what these poor people in flooded areas have had).

As far as I know, clay is pretty fertile, but is normally plagued from poor drainage.

My garden is teaching eons to dry...

All I plan to do is rake in some good mulch once Spring is here, turn over soil a bit once spring bulbs have done their thing and add some manure to the roses.

You should be alright just doing that, I reckon.

Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:44

Could you maybe plant another shrub next to it, that will cover it in time, the saving you the hassle of removing it?

Just a thought....

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

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