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Plant identity - any ideas welcome.

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 20:17

Not sure, looks like a red dead-nettle possibly, are you sure there's no smell?

Push mowers

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 23:34

I too love my Qualcast 380 which I bought on ebay for £14.50. I got it to use on my allotment paths, but it now travels between there and my back lawn as I find it much less hassle than the flymo on such a small patch.

Whats wrong with my aubrieta ?

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 23:26

Could be snails, I have given up with aubretia because I just couldn't keep up with the control of them even though I think I was doing everything else right.

what to intercrop with squash?

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 00:12

I honestly think that, with a bed that size and that many squash plants, nothing else would stand a chance. Once the weather sorts itself out (assuming that it will!) the squash will romp away and there will definitely be no bare soil and you probably won't even be able to make out where the edge of the bed is! Do you like radishes? They might be fast enough

Garden gaffes

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 00:06

After seeing red valerian flowering profusely on the 'wall hedges' during our first holiday in Cornwall I thought how lovely it would be to have some in the garden. A couple of years later I saw some growing at the foot of a wall in a street not far from our house and duly grubbed out a tiny plant from the pavement and brought it home. Oops. Anyone fancy visiting a tiny bit of Cornwall in Cheshire? Sorry neighbours. P.S. Nearly got rid or ours now!

netting brassicas

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 23:47

I've used tennis balls to construct a bamboo framed fruit cage, quite hard to make holes in but very effective and relatively cheap, will be interesting to see how it holds up in the strong winds forecast over the next couple of days!

worm casts

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 23:42

Brushing them is best, but it can be easier said than done of your soil is at all 'sticky' especially if it's wet, it can just make a smeary mess. Best to just grin and bear it and wait till dry enough, you need them worms!

Can you help identify this flower

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 23:32

I agree, alkanet, borage flowers are larger.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 00:00

Ceanothus I think Fred.


Posted: 02/06/2012 at 23:42

You could try to work out where they're coming from each night. Ours like to hide up behind the ivy. Then you can head then off by whatever method you prefer. Bet you can't catch them all though!

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