Kate Bradbury


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hi all, got some bugs i'm stuck with.

Posted: 16/12/2011 at 11:42

I would avoid using a flame gun as it would kill off lots of beneficial insects - including worms - as well as bacteria in the soil. Chemical pesticides would do the same and would probably be absorbed into the crops you're growing, which you would presumably eat.

Spotted Snake millipedes tend to only attack crops in drought, so next year, make sure plants are well watered. Also encourage more birds, frogs and toads into your garden, which prey on millipedes. pansy2's idea of keeping chickens for a couple of years is a great idea, and before planting you could dig the area thoroughly and rermove any you find.

Good luck!

Kate

Talkback: Moths and caterpillars

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 16:27
@oldchippy I know, but what can you do?

@2 I love their ability to disguise thmeselves too. So clever!

Kate

Talkback: Snakes in the garden

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 16:24
@steephill Lovey photos, and lucky you having so many living in your compost bins!

Kate

Redesign of garden

Posted: 11/12/2011 at 13:55

Thanks both. I would love a garden with 'rooms' too - one day! I would also love to get rid of the lawn... I think a circle centre if the way to go though, I'll post a photo when I've done it.

Kate

Talkback: Growing species tulips

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 12:25
@Helenlittleash - thanks for highlighting the image problem. A few images on our our features pages have got mixed up in the transfer over to the new site. This will be fixed as soon as possible!

Thanks again

Kate

Apple Trees

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 11:26

Hi James! What a fun way to grow apples! Be aware though, that the tree you grow may only produce crab apples, or tasteless, inedible apples. The variety is very unlikely to resemble variety the pip came from. But it's a great way to grow apples, and who knows, you might grow a brand new type.

But if you want to give it a go, just save the seed from an apple and sow them in a pot in spring. Keep repotting whenever the pots becaome root-bound, until you're ready to plant it in the ground. It should take around six to seven years before the tree fruits, when you'll find out if the experiment was worth it or not!

Kate

Hedge problems

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 11:04

Hi Kev

There could be a number of reasons why this is happening, including waterlogging or drought. How old is the hedge? Another factor could be honey fungus (thought it's difficult to diagnose). Have you noticed any orange toadstools around the area, or flattened strands of fungi resembling black boot laces? If so, you will need to remove the hedge and replace it with a different species of hedge.

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 09/12/2011 at 10:51

@bigphil Wow gorgeous! Certainly brightens up the winter garden. I wonder if it will flower next May?

@BuzzLightYear They could indeed, yes. Any new growth, as well as flowers, leaves and buds could suffer frost damage, if tender. But the plants won't die. You may need to cut back damaged growth in spring (don't be tempted to do it now as it could exacerbate the problem).

Kate

Talkback: Making leaf mould

Posted: 07/12/2011 at 14:41
Sheila - don't worry about packing the leaves too tight. They'll still rot down. There should be no need to wet them if they're in an open cage.

Kate

Seed buying

Posted: 07/12/2011 at 09:55

Ooh fab. Celery is quite tricky in my experience, but it's good to have a challenge!

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