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It's oh so quiet

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 11:41

Here on South coast the crickets and birds went on standby. They usually work as a tag team - dawn till dusk and dusk till dawn (with a few crickets giving it large 24/7). When the hush came we took washing in, put the pots on their sides and put garden tools in garage!  It was a doozy of a storm!


Make your Butt look great

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 11:19

The painted butt Nanny Beach! Hehehe!

Not as clever, or pretty, as Keith199's fab idea. Will see if I can find a way to do the same with aquatics and marginals. I suspect finding a tray that is right circumference and can take the weight without sagging (don't say it Nanny Beach) will be the challenge. Inspirational Keith199!


Make your Butt look great

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 17:24

Check out this butt!


6ft + what to plant

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 09:04

Hello Debris. Did you want the fence cover to be evergreen? If the fence faces North or NEast then a Hydrangea x petiolaris will do the job. Honeysuckle or clematis could scramble through it. A succession of pretty pots, at its feet, can add more seasonal loveliness through the year.

A south facing fence can have fruit trained up it. Lots of shrubs can be pruned to 7' X 3'.

If it is a damp spot then CLUMP forming Bamboo can screen fences all year round too.

What's the compass aspect and what is your soil like Debris?


Shrubs and bushes for birds

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 12:31

Well, as I put on a tin helmet, I think walls and fences covered in ivy and Hydrangea x petiolaris 
are wildlife havens. They can accommodate several neighbouring nests for different species at different nesting heights, provide night roosts all year round, offer nectar early in the season and shelter countless invertebrates. Butterflies, moths and spiders particularly.

(English Heritage & The National Trust funded research showed that unless the mortar is already degraded the ivy prevents fluctuations from baking sun to rapid drops in night temperatures, wind and rain erosion and air pollutiion. Ivy is even shown to be a protecting factor in towns and cities where car exhaust emissions are high).


ID of tree

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 08:39

Hello yarrow2; it looks like a leggy Pittisporum. There are so many varieties in this group but the dark leaves should narrow your search  down as half of the species are silver or variegated leaf types. HTH


Powdery mildew

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 19:12

Powdery mildew is not easy to deal with and causes farmers real grief. If you notice this on edible crops try a solution of 10% milk and water and spray the foliage. I use this on raspberries and grape vines and it knocks back the fungus in three days. 

It works - but scientists are still researching  WHY it works. It also deters aphids but does not treat an established aphid attack. It may be protein acids of sour milk make it hard for fungus and aphids to get a hold. Strange but true!


Yorkstone ok in the pond?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 18:47

Oh mangers would be just perfect for these raiders. Blackbird flies off looking like she's grown a handlebar moustache. Greenfinches, blue tits and long tailed tits are a bit more discreet about the amount they stuff in their beaks but they make lots more visits.

I will have to use stones to protect liner from UV. Coir seemed like a good idea to help creatures get out of the pond so might use it with gravel on the edges. Live and learn!


Yorkstone ok in the pond?

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 18:28

Just a heads up Pete8 about the coir mat to cover pond liner; at least four species of bird made off like bandits with the coir leaving exposed liner. Next door's cat brought this nest down - that a female blackbird worked so hard to make. She is now making another nest and  recycling this one.  I even put spare coir in the shrubs for the nesters but they preferred the pond edging?!?

I suppose it worked for the wildlife - if not for the pond : /



Posted: 22/03/2017 at 09:38

Nematodes get the slugs and they get you in the back pocket but worth every penny! if you add up the cost of destruction to plants it soon gets to £50.

I found that even after one season's worth of sachets the slug numbers were really knocked back - and years later they are still more manageable. (The nematodes go back into the soil when the slug dies and they wait for emerging slug). My snails are hunted by my team, Buffy my resident toad and the thrushes.

Take heart rosemummy you INVESTED fifty quid!


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