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Joyce Goldenlily

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Blueberry advice please

Posted: Today at 12:08

I recently bought a blueberry called Jersey and a second variety called Gold Traube from my local GC, I already had a pathetic cheapie plant from "somewhere" which is a quarter of the size of the named ones with spindly stems, I am sure it will fatten up with time. When I looked on the inter -net re cultivation it said to treat the soil with sulphur to keep it acidic, something new to me. I managed to find some sulphur for sale in my local GC so will be interested to see if it works as my soil is borderline acid.

I am putting my plants in the fruit cage to protect the fruit which I hopefully will be picking one day.


Posted: Today at 11:53

I have grown catnip for my cats over the years and have concluded that some varieties do not appeal to Six Hills Giant, which my cat totally ignored. Cat mint does need well drained soil in full sun to do well.

I have a plant in the border now which all visiting felines love so to avoid the poor plant being decimated I have put an old, large, upturned, wire, hanging basket over the crown of the the plant, leaving the stems to grow through it. It is pegged down with short lengths of cane pushed in around the edge as the cats will dislodge it if it is not fixed firmly. The cats can then chew and roll as much as they like and the basket doesn't really show once the plant is in full growth. I leave the basket in situ all year round as I have seen the local felines rolling on it in the middle of winter, scratching their backs I suspect.

It gives me a laugh to see them all try to stand up and walk in a straight line after a dose, their eyes are positively crossed with delerium.

Must say I quite like the smell and the flowers are loved by bees.


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 10:12

Agapanthus need to be really crowded and fed a starvationb diet to get them flowering. Also, if your plants were young when you planted them they will not flower until they are ready. I would wait another couple of years with no feeding. then divide the clump but plant each clump in a smaller pot so they are really pot bound. They need a hot baking in the summer as well.

Black spot on rose leaves - help how do I rid?

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 17:23

Never, ever put any affected leaves on the compost heap. Tie them up in a polythene bag and put them in the dustbin.

Black spot is spread be spores so can be recycled within your garden. Pick up every leaf that drops and remove any that show signs of black spot.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 17:18

Peonies hate to be moved and will sulk for several years. They will do much better planted in the ground rather than pots.

I am pretty sure your perrenials are being eaten by keel slugs. Tiny black ones which live just below soil level. Slug pellets put down from Xmas onwards will help. The most favourite food for keel slugs are delephiniums and lupins so your slug population must be very happy!





Posted: 24/02/2015 at 10:54

I would suggest you try a stump root variety if you like chunky parsnips. As above, parsnips seed needs to be purchased fresh each year as the seed is only viable for 1 year. If you wait until June to sow them it helps to reduce canker on the roots, that is the brown corky spots which can develop, especially if the plants are left in the soil a long time.

Tree to go near a pond

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 10:04

I agree Dove.

My pond is not far from an ash growing on top of a bank. Forunately the prevalent SWesterly gales we have down here tend to blow most of the leaves into my neighbours garden but I still have to collect leaves etc from the water. The pond is outside thhe root area of the tree due its growing about 4ft up on top of the bank.

How do I encourage hedgehogs into my garden?

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 09:46

Ditto the cherries! 

A good few years ago I arrived home one evening and on getting out of the car heard an extraordinary noise. Sort of sucking, slurping sound. I eventually tracked it down to a family of hedgehogs, under my neighbours cherry tree, stuffing themselves on the fallen fruit. They were so intent on their noctural supper they completely ignored me.

Absolutely delightful to watch and listen to.

Frogspawn 2015

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 09:39

I am in Cornwall, have just checked the pond but no spawn yet.

My neigbour gave me 5 common newts 2 years ago, he was demolishing a patio where he found them under the slabs, I saw one last year but that is all. I did find a newt crisp on my own patio when it was very hot. My sister on the Isle of Wight has a pond full of newts. I do have fish in the pond so they probably eat the eggs and the baby hatchlings of any frogs and newts.

Hedgehog or rats

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 09:29

Rats are very clever. When something new arrives near their runs they avoid the object for a couple of weeks. Be patient, handle the traps wearing rubber gloves to hide your scent and you will have success eventually.

When I was dealing with mine it took almost 3 weeks before I caught an enoumous one, I persevered and eventually caught 5 in total, some obviously smaller and younger so I assumed they were a family.

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