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Latest posts by Marinelilium

Homemade bug sprays

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 11:39

Organic solutions are not always the instant fix we are used to, compared with the chemicals that are still available for gardens. It took years to get a balance here.

 Knowing the 'enemy' and it's life cycle 'arms' you. eg chucking out early apple windfalls as they can be hosts to codlin moths and that's why the fruit fell. So in JUNE tie paper and sacks around the tree trunk when the grubs are climbing down Traps them for you to deal with Then in OCTOBER sticky grease bands around the trunk will catch the adult invaders on their way back up the trunk. More work than a spray but no chemicals in the fruit or soil. 

 To deal with sawflies  hang sunflower hearts in feeders as blue tits just love sawfly.

To stop flea beetles ( and sparrows) nibbling buds, soot from log burners, lightly dusted on plants makes them distasteful and is safe as long as the wood burnt is not chemically treated.- oh dear, sorry GFM, this has become a missive.



Homemade bug sprays

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 10:28

It took six years of (fails and disappointments) but since going completely organic the garden now has toads, frogs and umpteen species of birds that do most pest control. I used nematodes for two seasons but then the frogs arrived. I used garlic spray on foliage, then birds took over (but had to feed them seeds all winter and spring!). For mildew I use 30% milk spray and for Lily Beetle I go on night safaris and dawn raids.

this is Francoise

Just one of my gardening friends

looking for prunus!

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 10:04

(Top left 2 x Liquidambar leaves just turning purple October)

Denise I can second Dove's suggestion of a Liquidambar if your prunus doesn't surface. The  dark purple leaves in autumn are gorgeous, the spring green is almost fluorescent and it always has at least one nest every year.


Beginner gardener with small London garden

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 12:16

You may get some response if you remind the landlord's agent IN WRITING that your fire exit to the rear of the property is probably negating his insurance policy!!

I expect that having a garden has increased the rental value for them and they should be just delighted you want to maintain the grounds and woodwork!?!

P.S. check your tenancy agreement because it took two whole seasons for my daughter to discover garden maintenance was included yet not a blade of grass had been touched by the agent maintenance team. Good Luck xx

Beginner gardener with small London garden

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 10:20

Hello Millie, the plants opposite the bench look like sycamore seedlings so I would get everything,except the ferns, out. The trellis idea for climbers that Fairygirl has given you is a fab one. If you want more privacy,pots of Bamboo would provide evergreen screen, colourful pots of flowers could add the colour you want.

I have eight rectangular, black, glazed pots on my wall with osmanthus delavayii to screen year round. They needed a waterproof sealant on the wall top and mortar blobs to fix and allow drainage. This is only poss' if it is your wall or if your neighbour likes the idea too. Pots in small spaces, and for beginners, mean changes are easier.


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 13:43

I just love the wren that nests in our ivy;  sings until it's tiny body trembles and with its beak raised to the sky. Adorable.


Posted: 24/03/2014 at 13:22

Ah, the Spring chorus of birds. Birds got talent.

They are also in rehearsal here as a stomp percussion band! In addition to the Dunnocks, that tap incessantly on conservatory glass, we have magpies  (that  ring seven bells out of the stainless steel flue) in territorial battle with their own reflection. A neurotic blackbird that suffers panic attacks.Seagulls that tap dance on our zinc roof and an obese pigeon that cartoon twangs the aerial every time it takes off from it. 



wildlife garden in the shade

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:52

Perhaps best stay clear of toxic plants with the under eights. The difference between edible and poisonous berries and leaves can be part of their learning but with under eights.....well,  there's (at least)  'one' in every class.. 

Even with 8 -11s you need eyes in the back of your head.

Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 11:29

Hehehe! What happens on the allotment....stays on the allotment Alan.

Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 11:01

Rotten eggs whiff is hydrogen sulphide gas so decaying organic matter is in the butt. Just in case it is from bird poop, dead snails etc I would clean out the butt as Dove suggests.

Then try cutting a pair of old tights into two leg sections; fill one leg with charcoal lumps (Nora Batty memories) and suspend that in the water then use the other leg section to stretch over the inlet hose to catch gutter debris. This should help keep the next fill sweeter. oh yes a garden peg on the nose to empty the butt then to secure the twist in the tight tops


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