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Jim Macd

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Insect Garden

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 09:24

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Posted: 22/03/2014 at 09:24

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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 09:24

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Running before I can walk and need some help!!

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 14:16


Daniel Hake wrote (see)

Hostas are lovely. Unfortunately snails and slugs love them too, for their dinner. So you might want to sprinkle some slug pellets around the hostas. A band of copper tape around the pot works well too, you can get both at garden centres..


Please use slug pellets only if you really must! Which in my book is never. They are very poisonous to wildlife and you, not to mention the now poisonous slugs that have eaten them will harm frogs, birds, hedgehogs, etc, anything that eats them. I personally think, they should be banned, is anything in your garden worth killing a bird over? Not in mine thanks. I have a hosta in my front garden, I put gravel around it and have a very wildlife friendly garden and I can honestly say I've never noticed a problem with any leaves being eaten. If you attract wildlife and don't kill it, it will eat all the pests for you.

Hornbeam Hedge

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 14:19
Fairygirl wrote (see)

I'd protect them as best you can Dave. The little (manure balls? will eat almost anything - or try to - despite what  the books will tell you. You can get tree guards quite cheaply or make cages with mesh and canes to keep them away until the hedge is established enough to fend for itself.

Can you tell I've done that before?   

If it's any consolation - they don't eat snowdrops or daffodils!


Stimulating Privet Hedge growth

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 14:15

Oh, then no, I was talking about a privet hedge and conifers I cut down revealing a tatty privet.

Stimulating Privet Hedge growth

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 10:08
artjak wrote (see)

Jim, are you saying that the conifers survived being ruthlessly chopped back?


???? Are you talking to me?

Rowan Tree

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 09:49

Sounds like a canker. If it is you need to cut it off.



Peter Beales

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:40

So, for fear of sounding 10 FG, what's your favourite colour?

Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 18:38

Yeah, I'd never seen them on trees when I was a kid either. I couldn't believe it when I moved here and saw them. But still nothing like the ones in Northumberland.

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