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Unwanted pond!

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 11:31

I always refused to have a pond in my gardens until my children were around 11 yrs. old as a toddler can drown in an upturned dustbin lid of water and you cannot, with the best will in the world, watch small children every minute of every day.

You could always simply fill the pond with soil and at a later date excavate it out again if it is a preformed liner, not sure how a plastic liner would fare.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 11:20

Hi Lyn,

Sorry to hear about your loss. My condolensces.Try not to worry about the funeral, the funeral director and their staff will look after you and guide you through it.

No one will expect you to be the life and soul of the ceremony.

Try to think of your Mum as being set free of all of her trials and tribulations and soaring free with the stars.

I am not religious and have already chosen the music and readings etc. for my funeral as I am sure my son and daughter would have no idea of what to choose. I have put it all in a decorated shoe box and shown my daughter where it is. I have asked that no one wears black but please to wear a buttonhole of some kind and that my ashes be scattered somewhere beautiful, that can be my children's choice.

Initially my daughter was horrified when I told her what I had done but now that she has had time to think about it she is in full agreement, I suspect slightly relieved and now happy to carry out my wishes.

Blueberry advice please

Posted: 29/03/2015 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: 29/03/2015 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.

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