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Latest posts by Jess is in the Garden

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

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 

Discussions started by Jess is in the Garden

Dwarf acer palmatum dissectum

Do they usually flower? 
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Last Post: 01/04/2014 at 17:12

tools I no longer need

where can I sell them? 
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indoor palm

listless and poorly... 
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Buying ladybirds or larvae?

A big con or good?! 
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Met52 bio control for vine weevil

Not available to buy! 
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Last Post: 06/03/2014 at 14:51

Plant ID please

a present  
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Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 12:46

Nemasys Vine Weevil Nematodes

Is it too early to use them in the garden now? 
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Last Post: 16/02/2014 at 23:26

eucalyptus illness

what is this on the leaves?! 
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Last Post: 31/01/2014 at 17:52

Vine weevil evil :-(

What to do in Winter? 
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Last Post: 03/02/2014 at 16:24

Skimmia Japonica

hardly any berries and very yellow leaves 
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Last Post: 17/01/2014 at 18:37

Where are my snowdrops?

None have come up at all! 
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Last Post: 15/01/2014 at 12:47

Identification of a large bush!

photo included :-) 
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Last Post: 19/12/2013 at 19:53

what is this bush, anyone?

Winter-flowering bush 
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Last Post: 11/12/2013 at 17:16

thyme pruning

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Last Post: 07/12/2013 at 18:29

Mini meadow a mighty mess!

alternative plants please... 
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Last Post: 28/06/2013 at 17:56
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