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The dreaded vine weevil!

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 22:41

Hi Poly, best thing to use is Nemasys for Vine Weevils. Thousands of nematodes which eat the grubs. Buy it from various places & treat pots in Autumn & then buy a new supply next spring & treat the pots again. I also always empty each affected pot at first sign & carefully pick out the grubs & squidge them between finger & thumb. Repot the plant in same soil then treat with the nematodes as above. Two hits in one go.

Talkback: How to make willow plant supports

Posted: 01/01/2015 at 18:54

I coppice my willows every February & use the withies after soaking for various little projects & make loads of these each year. I try to find homes for all the willow cutting I can't use but always end up either chipping it and turning it into mulch, which takes about 3 yeas!, or burning it for the ash to use in the summer as feed for the flowers & to help resist black fly on the beans! Seems a shame but not even the local florists are interested in it. I also cut back my Cornus at the same time. I have the red & bright green stemmed species in the field, again most of it goes to the mulch heap or burnt for ash so one way or another it's recycled back into the garden.

i like your idea DianaW of using other plants for similar use ????

Bees in my compost

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 21:20


 Yes I can post photos. Hope you like them.

Bees in my compost

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 21:14

Thankyou Dovefrom above, I have checked out the bumblebee conservation website & discovered that my bees are forest cuckoo bees. As you suggest, cowslip2, they will raise their young & leave. Meanwhile I will be ensuring any visitors to my plot steer clear of the compost area. The bees are very happy spending their days on the rosa rugosa which is flowering like mad at the moment. I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your query nutcutlet but would be interested to know. are we able to post photos here?

Bees in my compost

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 19:14

I have spent the last few seasons making my garden wildlife friendly. I now have hundreds of bees living in my compost bin. Whilst Im happy to welcome them they have tended to get rather cross & protective of their new home when I drive by on the mower, fill the compost bins near it or just walk by. They become rather menacing & I now fear for the young children that visit. I do not want them destroyed & have tried to find someone who would like them to no avail. Any suggestions?

Camera Corner

Posted: 14/11/2013 at 22:11

 Hope you all enjoy this. MMM

Yet another mystery plant...

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 20:11

This is an ash tree, which if left, will grow to a sizeable specimen in a few years as I learnt to my detriment. Only leave it to grow where it is if you have the required space. But pull out any like nut cutlet if you don't require a forest.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 10:03

Thankyou fidgetbones. Good news - it's regrowing already  I did feel like a murderer but it wasn't my plant. I will be looking after it from now on so it's gonna be fine.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 21:44

Evening primrose - Oenothera bienis


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 21:38

Agree Leycesteria formosa


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