Latest posts by Lokelani

home made plant supports

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 10:19

Oh yes those plant supports are excellent.

I wasn't sure where to get the iron poles from, so we made them out of copper tubing from Wickes, rather more expensive than I wanted but they still look lovely years later. 

Paint to make a Cardboardbox a Watertight Trough as seen on programme

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 09:59

That's good, sounds like it's worth doing then.

The method in the link Sotongeoff posted doesn't use wire or boxes, just some reinforcing fibres & anything as a mould.  I wonder which is easier. 

Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 09:53

What we need is one that shows your posts (not just the last 10 preferably!) & (the important bit) - how many replies if any it's had since.

So you can click on it & the thread appears with all the new repiles, but you know not to bother if there haven't been any since.

That's how it worked on the Beeb gardening forum anyway & I used the feature all the time. 

The emails partly solve this, but not as quickly or neatly.

I think a thank you never goes amiss, neither does holding a door open for anyone. 

Paint to make a Cardboardbox a Watertight Trough as seen on programme

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 17:47

I remember something similar to the hypertufa ones above, not a painted box one. 

Has anyone tried the hypertufa/concrete ones? I'm just imagining how much mess I might end up getting in if I tried it & how many stages it could go wrong at! 

Great idea to make your own however though, large planters can be quite expensive.

Poppy seed

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 19:04

I think the disturbed soil may well be the answer. 

I've spent years sprinkling poppy seed in the borders & hoping it will take. Most of the time nothing.

Last year we pulled everything out of a bed, dug it all over to try to get rid of the bindweed, filled it with bulbs & rose bushes.

This year it is totally smothered in mauve & purple poppies. None of the large varieites, more the wild ones that I sprinkled from the field. Still, it proves the theory. They'd obviously been lying dormant until the soil was dug over. 

I'll let some self seed but will collect dry heads & probably guess they should be planted in spring in seed trays.

buried snails

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 18:59

That's interesting FloBear, in that case I'm surprised we've never had one with the gap under & between the gate slats. The Fort Knox aspects of the garden are to keep a siberian husky in, so the gates aren't sized to keep tiny animals in or out. Mind you we stopped getting rabbits in when we enclosed it all safely for him. 

So maybe it's his presence & threat as a hunter, rather than the fencing that is keeping everything else furry out! 

The frogs will do me though, they should do a good job of munching slugs.

Speed gardening

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 18:51

It was an advantage for me as I sprinkled rose food around all of the roses & then let the rain water it in for me!

I'd normally do that second feed at the end of May/June after the first flush of flowers, but they've only just finished, in fact some are still in mid flush, so I figured feeding should be late too. 

I was potting things on inbetween showers too, so spent half the day in & half out in short bursts of energy!


I enjoyed my dinner thanks!!!

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 12:07

Slugs & snails have eaten all my baby cucumbers & all the growing points of the plants. They're just slime covered bare stems. 

It's a really bad year for us, they're loving all the rain. 

buried snails

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:43

Oh dear diggingdoris, I wasn't planning on leaving them in pots that long, but maybe I will! I'm definitely not going to rush them having read that....

I'm determined not to give up on delphiniums this time round. 

One ray of hope, I saw two tiny baby frogs hopping away from me in the flower bed today, so fingers crossed......

I enjoyed my dinner thanks!!!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 19:38

Oh dear, that's just so annoying! 



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