Latest posts by Marinelilium


Posted: 07/02/2016 at 11:50
Nematode treatment is worth every penny! The nematodes return to the soil when the slugs die and wait for another slug to come along. They don't affect other wildlife or anything creature that eats slugs; some gardeners report that snail numbers may drop too.

OTHER PEST EASY FIX - if you have water butts and are plagued with mozzies then half a cup of vegetable oil floats in the butt all season, even after fresh rainfall, so the larvae suffocate. Old pair of tights stretched over the inlet pipe stops debris getting in to stop stinky decay which feeds larvae and charcoal tied into a stocking will keep water cleaner too.

Music in the Garden part 2

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 14:51

The images are perfect inspiration for gardeners on a February day with gale force winds lashing the windows with rain.


Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:24
Wow, that's only a pound for 14 litres!

I did a sums yesterday and found
Aldi's was 75p for 10l
wilko's was 1.50 for 10l
B&Q verve was 1.80 for 10l
Home base was 4.49 for 10l

Wickes do a big bag too but my sums aren't fair because some were in 20l bags but the Homebase was only in a 10l bag. I was just looking at what I could heave into my car. Delivery might be an option at that price.

Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 17:12
Thanks for the 'recipe' philippa smith2. Saves on disappointments if someone has done the tried and tested. : )

Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 16:55
Thanks, will have a look to see where nearest Wyevale is or what the delivery charges are.

I need a fair bit of general purpose compost this year too. Trying to decide between making a raised trug for salad crops or just plonking grow bags on my gravel and found myself asking why patio planters are at least ??3.99, and some ??8.99, when an IKEA shopping bag is 40p??

I can live with bright blue if it saves me that much money!

Compost composition review

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 15:45
Any reviews on this season's composts would be helpful. I am hoping to top dress from my compost bins but I have not bought any seed compost yet. Any recommendations? What worked well for your seedlings? After all the rain my sandy soil is in need of all my bin's compost (plus chicken pellets and potash) but buying bagged compost is a lottery some years. PS Heads up..... The soggy bags sitting in GCs and nurseries may also need vented and careful opening if they have soaked up water.

Planting in a very formal courtyard bed

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 10:22
Hello Gally Pete,

My thoughts are less colourful but I would go with potted lemons, thin rocket cypress, lavender for butterflies to dance in or to make a pond with irises. Ponds do require maintenance but everything that's worth having costs blood, sweat and tears IMO. : )

Is this chick weed?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 22:54

This is great for weed Id especially emerging ones. HTH

unhappy roof terrace plants

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 19:00
Hello photosynthesize. Size matters. (With the right size pot for the plant and feeding you can grow countless plants but weight is an issue on roof terraces.) I trust you have checked roots are not pot bound, infested with grubs or in smelly, wet growing medium. So.. What else could it be?

Wind shear (the compass direction and the angle the wind strikes) effects water uptake and leaf scorch which will damage or stunt growth.( IKEA sell pretty, taped balcony railing sheets and canopies to offer wind, rain and sun protection.) Are there any heating vents, boiler exhausts or air conditioning vents causing huge temperature variations?

Apple/Roses for north east facing Garage Wall

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 18:24
PS Ooops! lost end of 1st paragraph.....should have been the Mitraria coccinea would look really good.

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