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Cottage garden lawn ideas?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 20:46

Hi Louise, I'm in the same position (almost) as you! I have a really small lawn within my garden which was turfed last year....only then did I discover the lawnmower in my late father's garage was broken and haven't been able to replace it yet. Lawn has been mowed a few times for me, but last week I even reorted to cutting it with scissors! Not ideal and now I wonder whether to turn it into a wildflower meadow instead. Decisions, decisions!

My concerns are that seeds will blow all over the rest of the garden and turn everything into one big "weedy" mess, although the uncared for field near my house already does that to some extent. I also want to be sure it will look like an intentional meadow and not just an uncared for area.

Any opinions would be welcome! Meanwhile, I came across this site that seems to have a good selection of seeds and plants for meadow planting...

Hope it's useful

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 00:00

Not a ladybird, but I thought you might like to see the pictures I took of a visitor in my conservatory yesterday. I managed to pick him up and pop him into the garden before he hopped further into the house!

I've seen a few ladybirds too, as well as those beautifully metallic ladybird sized beetles that frequent my lavender - they are quite destructive to lavender, but there aren't too many and the lavender bush is huge, so I just let them get on with it! They're really stunning beetles.

And to illustrate the joy of letting nature take her garden is a feeding ground for bats every night and this evening I finally managed to get a photo of one that wasn't just a fuzzy blur!

 Wildlife gardening - hooray!


Leaf changes

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 08:57

Thanks Dovefromabove, I plumped for mainly conservatory grown crops this time after the darned slugs got nearly everything last year....including every single French bean plant in one night! I do go round everything with a paintbrush transferring pollen, though I do also get quite a few bees flying in and out of the conservatory.


Leaf changes

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 21:51

Thanks Welshonion - I was spraying with water but I have to confess that I've not done so for a while. I will start again tomorrow!

Lyn, my French Beans are doing fine inside....all the leaves are perfect and the beans are great, just not a large crop! The indoor Courgette has produced gorgeous "fruit" and seems really healthy except for the lowest leaves. As far as I was aware they are okay for inside - according to some websites I read. My outdoor ones are doing okay but have smaller leaves and are quite contorted compared to the indoor one.I'll keep a close eye on them!Many thanks

Leaf changes

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 16:02

Hi, I'm not sure if I have a problem or not really! I've grown a mix of veg & tomatoes both outside in the garden and in my conservatory. Both indoor and outdoor Courgettes are fruiting and I've had some very tasty meals from them already. The indoor French beans also doing well, though not a huge yield. The indoor tomatoes are fruiting and just have the first signs of ripening now too.

However, the indoor Courgette plant's lower leaves are now almost completely yellow, after turning more pale and lime coloured for a while. One of my five indoor tomatoes has leaves which are now going pale brown at the points and edges. It also has fruit on it and looks fine apart from this. To be on the safe side I've popped it outside for now, away from everything else.

My conservatory has two doors which have both been open during the hot weather, or one door open on cooler days - both closed on chilly days and at night. The plants are all in large pots and I have been watering every morning. I was feeding the tomatoes with dedicated tomato feed, but ran out and have since been using Miracle Gro plant food once a week.

Do I need to worry about these leaf changes? I have looked at various sites re diseases etc but it gets very confusing for a novice like myself!

I'm loving growing my own food and just annoyed that I didn't plant more things in the Spring. I'll be trying all sorts of things next year - or is there anything I can still start growing at this stage?

Sorry for all the questions, but any advice gratefully received.

Mystery bugs

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 08:55

I certainly wouldn't judge anyone for getting rid of the little blighters that are eating their plants - especially those special ones that have been carefully tended from seed, or have cost a fortune at the garden centre! I was merely stating that I like to strike a balance and let a few plants, such as some of my many Nasturtiums, be given over as food for caterpillars etc. If those pesky slugs run riot (slither riot?) as they did last year, then I will certainly be waging war again...even if I have to use a few pet friendly pellets! If the aphids go near my husband's memorial rose they will be spritzed the moment I see them. As I said, it's all about balancing things and judging how to react to what's being eaten by what!

Mystery bugs

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:27

I'm with you Jim and Patty3! My Nastutiums (which I do like!) are being eaten by Cabbage White caterpillars but I am just letting them get on with it. Butterflies are doing badly enough without me killing off the caterpillars....I'm hopeless at dispatching anything though! I did however, aim the hosepipe full on at the cherry tree that was covered in black fly - it seems to have done the trick and the tree has been pest free for a few weeks now. It's all about balance really I think - try not to use any chemicals and let nature take it's course as much as possible where wildlife is concerned. As Jim says, a few plants can be sacrificed to let the insects feed and they in turn will attract the birds.

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:18

break23...yes, Ladybirds can indeed give you a nip. I remember being bitten by one when I was a child. Nothing that would bother an adult I think, but obviously children might get rather panicky at the idea of biting beetles!


Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 18:20

I have quite a few Ladybird larvae in various sizes and stages as well as the Ladybird adults themselves, though I have noticed that they seem quite a bit smaller than usual. My cherry tree was covered in blackfly a few weeks ago, as well as ants that I think are "farming" them. Rather than using any chemicals, I cranked the hosepipe up to full strength and blasted the little blighters off the tree! So far, they haven't come back in any significant numbers. My "problem" this year seems to be Large White caterpillars chomping on all my Nasturtiums, but it's my own fault for growing so many I suppose! I just let them get on with it as I think butterflies are in decline already without any help from me as it were.

Thankfully...fingers crossed...hardly any slugs so far, but I expect they'll appear soon. Last year they nearly broke me....Lol!!

I'm in Lancashire by the way.

Talkback: Rosemary leaf beetle

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 20:50

So pleased to identify this lovely beetle from my brief description typed into google!

Discovered them on my Lavender bush this evening when coming back from my evening stroll with my two cats. The nightly walks always throw up something interesting but I was especially happy to see something new to me.

Not worried about them having a chomp as the bush is very large and at least they are prettier than the darned slugs. I live in Poulton-Le-Fylde near Blackpool, so don't know if they are common round here.

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Leaf changes

My conservatory grown courgettes & tomatoes are getting yellow & brown leaves respectively 
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