Latest posts by Lyn


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 02:07

How lovely, I had some caterpillers from the mullion moth on my verbascum, but the home page of this site says to spray them and kill them, I was carefully working around them, quite proud I had got them.

seeds in compost

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 01:58

And if you can get the men in your family to water the compost, so much the better!!

I dont put anything to do with potato or tomato on  my compost bins because however long you leave it, they will shoot up all over the garden. We fuss about with our tomato plants but just watch one free in the garden. Romps away.

Mike is right about keeping it turned, it will also deter rats, they hate to be disturbed. We only do ours once a week or so .

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 01:50

Good post Mike, I live on the edge of Dartmoor where they used to burn it off, because it kills everything, and I think its poisonous to sheep, havent seen it done for a few years now, dont think they are allowed, but it definitely killed off chunks of our conifer, it s not the same as the ferns and the spores can cause cancer, I wouldnt have it around children when it releases them. 


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 01:38

Verduns right, they flower right through till first frosts, so plenty of time for more buds to come and they will be stronger plants for it too.

Options for improving soil nutrients

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 01:35

A compost bin will never smell nasty, once it gets going its a lovely smell, but you do need two and then some bags to store it in, you never put cooked food in but i expect you know that.

Our garden centre sells well rotted farmyard manure quite cheap, but if you know a farmer, he will probably give you some.  If its well rotted down, you can dig it straight into your patch.

I have to do everything on the cheap as well, its surprising what you can scrounge from friends and neighbours, or swap plants and veg.

Good luck with your venture, you will love it once you get underway.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 01:23

I can supply nasturtium seeds, I have lots of plants growing, particularly round my runner beans. And some nice fancy ones.

I have lots of unopened new packets 

as well, will list when the new seed swap thread opens.

garden hoes

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:33

Some how I thought this was going to be a joke thread!!!

Garden hoes, panty hose, etc... sorry.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:26

I am in Devon, I will pm my address, many thanks.

Please think what you would like, I have lots that I can do root cuttings from.

Slugs and their relatives

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 20:21

I could supply the whole county with slugs!  I go around the garden with a stanley knife, if I pull back the edge where the grass meets the wood edge there a great clusters. I am not sure about breeding the nematodes in water, they live in the ground and only need to be damp. 

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 19:46

Bracken around here is becoming an absolute pest.  Its carcinogenic, I believe, and its destroying the wild flowers along the lanes. There are great chunks of it and no flowers at all

It killed large chunks of our conifer hedge, not that I wanted it anyway, but I hate the plant.

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