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Overgrown solanum

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 20:31

I prune off odd bits during the growing season if it is getting unruly so I would go ahead and cut off bits you don't want 

The birds are eating all my bird food!

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 22:28

I have a hanging bird table on which I put half a mug of no-mess mix plus any kitchen scraps.I have an old hanging basket over it to stop the woodies getting too much.I only put stuff out once a day.

The fat ball feeder is one where only the bottom ball is available so birds have to take their turn


The suet pellet feeder is the same with only a small bottom section


The sunflower hearts are in a feeder with just 2 ports so once again birds have to wait their turn.

The birds can get at the food but having to wait for a turn slows them down (a bit!).

Last edited: 16 June 2016 22:34:39

Tree ID Please

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 16:52

Here it is in 1986!

Tree ID Please

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 16:46

I have an ash tree that has been grown as a bonsai and is around 30 years old.I root prune every 2/3 years It has been in various size pots over the years and is about18" tall.

So yes you can keep it in a pot!

Last edited: 14 June 2016 16:48:23

Can anyone tell me what plant this is please?

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 22:01

It would be a lovely addition to your garden,just remember to wear goggles and gloves when pruning!!!!

Can anyone tell me what plant this is please?

Posted: 30/05/2016 at 20:50

I know from experience what the hairs do. I was underneath a fremontodendron while pruning it and the hairs fell in my eyes.It was excruciating.Was several days before they got better! 

Last edited: 30 May 2016 20:51:10

Clay soil :-(

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 13:32

I moved into a new build house with clay soil in 2002.

The back garden looked like this:-

Over the next 13 years I dug in compost,grit,added topsoil etc. Plants have come and gone as has some of the hard landscaping.Everything has been done on a tight budget.

You just need to stick at it.I know I have great difficulty growing annuals directly in the ground so I use tubs.Shrubs seem to best of all.

This was my garden last year:-

Last edited: 25 May 2016 13:34:20

Glyphosate alternative

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:38

I have always used Glyphosate as a weedkiller,mainly because it works!

I only have a spray bottle (which lasts ages) and only use it when I can't dig the weed out.On my lawn I use Clopyralid,again only in a spray and only when I need it.

Now I am trying to find alternatives as Glyphosate (and Clopyralid) as both have a very bad press.

Digging weeds out is of course best but not always practical.

Salt (and vinegar) could be used on paths etc but could the run off hurt other plants?

What do you use?

Last edited: 20 May 2016 16:39:16

What would you do?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 13:26

I think if you just keep it tidy and don't spend money on it I would think the council would not mind.Of course they can claim it back at any time.

Maybe you could contact the council and see what they say?

Think of any work you do as a contribution to the local community!

Last edited: 19 May 2016 13:27:27

Frost forecast

Posted: 13/05/2016 at 19:54

Down here on the Isle of Wight the forecast says that night temperature may get as low as 7°C on Saturday but hardly frosty!! 

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Glyphosate alternative

...and Clopyralid 
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Growbag or multi-purpose?

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Brunnera 'Jack Frost'

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Preformed wildlife pond

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How deep for pond marginals?

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Pond ice prevention

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Soil mixes for summer baskets.

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I will not be seduced.....!

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My plant of the moment

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Succulent ID's please:)

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2 x Crassula ID's please.

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Plant database for computer

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Plant ID for this bonsai please.

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Euphorbia plant ID please.

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Cleaning patio and paths.

What is safe? 
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