Latest posts by KT53

Happy Naked Gardening Day!

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 13:19

Not a chance.  I'd scare the neighbours and the local wildlife!

Hostafans View

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 13:18

Lovely garden.  Seems it was a little blowy in many areas yesterday.  I was literally blown off balance in the garden.  I'm in Gloucestershire, where's Hostafan1's base?

Peony refuses to flower

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 22:29

I have 2 which I bought about 4 years ago.  They are about 10 feet apart in the same border, with exactly the same growing conditions.  One flowered well last year and is looking even more promising this year.  The other hasn't yet flowered but I can see one bud - yippee.  It would seem they can take a while to settle in!


Posted: 05/05/2017 at 12:04

If it's your own bamboo, you need to dig out the main clump and then trace any runners which have spread from it and pull them out too.  Most bamboo doesn't send runners very deep so they are comparatively easy to trace.  When I removed mine I cut the turf above the line of the runner and then pulled the runner upwards to get an idea of its route, and continued the cut on that basis.  You will need to backfill where the runner has been removed with earth or compost (assuming you are working in a lawn as I was).  It's time consuming, but I have seen very little evidence of bamboo in my garden over the past couple of years.

how to deter cats from fouling in your garden

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 11:59
Clarington says:

That's a clever idea if it works. I wonder if its possible to put some kind of similar thing on your side of the garden so that if you've a neighbour you don't talk too you could put it on the fence (esp. if you own the fence) without complaint that their cat can no longer get out their garden into yours.

See original post

 The problem with only putting it one your side of the fence is that cat's would probably still get in but won't be able to get back out.  You'll end up with more **** than before!

Will you look at that!

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 20:44

I like the idea of 'repurposing', just not too keen on the colour.  Too much "1990's Diarmuid Gavin" for my liking.  That's totally a personal choice though.

Lawn movers

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 17:46

My neighbour has recently purchased a Gtech cordless mower and loves it.  They aren't cheap, but come with 2 batteries which is more than enough for her to do all her lawns, which will be roughly the area you are looking to do.  Great advantage obviously is the lack of a mains lead.

Hiding a wall

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 18:55

Is it your own wall?  Can you attach wires or trellis direct to the wall?

Japanese Maple

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 18:53

That could be wind / frost damage.  New growth is pretty delicate.

Is this bug harmful to my plants

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 12:39

This from the link provided by Hostafan1.

"No damage is caused by the common green shield bug. The southern green shield bug may cause distorted bean pods and damaged fruits"  Nothing in the text to explain how to identify the southern from the northern.  Do we have to listen to the accent?

Discussions started by KT53

Slugs / snails and Hostas

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Yes, Prime Minister

Deja vu, all over again. 
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I nearly choked on my cornflakes

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Blackfly on runner beans

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Blackfly on runner beans

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