Moonlit Hare

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Posted: 15/06/2012 at 21:51

I asked a similer question about ants and was looking for companion plants, I had a reply to say mint seemed to work, so I was working on the theory it couldn't do much harm, so far it seems to have worked.

A word of warning though if you do go down this route, mint goes ballistic if it's not kept in a pot, I had a friend who just left hers and it took over the whole garden.... it did smell fantastic when she cut the grass though!

Need a new garden

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 21:34

Hi Caron,

I inherited something similar when we moved. I also seem to spend more time with my workmates than with the much beloved. however, I know it seems like a daunting task but it can be done, I'd say we're at 25% of where I'd like to be but I have to keep pinching myself and reminding myself that it's not going to happen overnight, although the weeds do seem to happen overnight!  

The best thing I personally can advise is section it off, ours seems to naturally fall into 4 sections, front, back left and right! The house and hedges are covered in Ivy which might appeal to some people but it's taken over everything. The people before us just cut the grass and that was it, we've bushes and hedges running ferral!

So the 1st weekend we could we hacked back (and I mean right back to stumps) the bushes to the right and back of the house. We also took out the lower branches of a lydani (spelling?) which is bigger than the house. We didnt go any further than I could reach because it soon became obvious we had LOADS of bird nesting. We've decided to wait until after summer before we take out the trees we want to, to let in the light to let the chicks do their thing.

We also took a chunk out of the bases of the Ivies in the hope of slowing them down.... which it seems to have done.

What this has done has opened up the garden, it would seem we have 6ft boarders we didn't know where there... I kid you not! I've not done anything with them yet.

Once we can take out the big trees, there are 5 possibly 6 to come out and got the Ivies and Laurel under control a bit we can start on the boarders etc.

It's going to be a long haul but we aren't planning on moving for a long old time, if ever!

So I suggest the best and cheapest way would be to find a willing nephew or other child labour... sorry, willing volenteer who will help you out and let them loose with a strimmer to get the lawn under control.

After that you can maybe organise a bbq with friends and family where the all take a section and clear out their bit you can feed them for payment, we used to do it at my Grans, it was great to get everyone together for reasons other than wedding funeral or christening.

Once all the rubbish has gone you can see what you've got left. don't worry about hacking something thats a plant, if it's worthy of your garden it will come back again when it get some light through!

I also suggest once your clear you take some time to decide what you do want and where you want it. We had a poop corner for the Pooches at Grans so when any of us had our dogs with us they all went in the corner to leave any little parcels, easier to clear up and we didn't have to worry about the kids playing on the grass.

But the main thing is just remember you cant do it over night and if you take a section at a time you get there before you know it, maybe clear your reading area 1st so you can have at least one bit you can use?

Wow you can tell the footies on... I'll stop rambling now!


Posted: 08/06/2012 at 16:33

Sorry if I'm being a bit dim here! but it is all quite new and  shiney!

so I just drop the seedling right in the hole and not worry about covering the leaves right?

Also if this is the case do you think I'd get away with lifting the seedling already there and doing the dibber/ watering in thing now.... they are still only really small.....?

But thanks both Emma and Pam


Strawberries in hanging baskets

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 16:08

I did this a few years back, I just nicked off the plants at the end of the runners and popped them in pots of dirt..... to be fair I was a bit cavalier about the new plants. I was working on the theory that if they took it was a bonus and if they didn't then it's not like I'd spent a fortune on them!

More often than not they took....


Posted: 08/06/2012 at 15:41


It's the 1st time I've tried growing leeks and I'm not convinced I'm doing it right!

I started off the seed in cells and then planted them into the veggie patch.

When I transplanted they where probably 2 to 3 inches tall and basically looked like chives. I planted them so the soil from the cells where level with the ground.

They still look healthy and I'd even go as far as saying they have got a little taller but not much, I suppose really I want to know is when do they start looking like leeks and not chives. Do I need to do anything to help them along the way.

I suspect I might just be being impatient but there we go!

Thanks in advance for your help!

The Buzzing bush!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 18:47

Thanks Peeps, I've just been to have a sneeky peep and couldnt see anythign but we are still buzzing! there are a lot of bumble bees knocking around which are the wrong kind of bees for an apiery (? spelling?) I've had a look on the local bee keeping site and apparently they will just toddle off towards the end of summer and do their own thing, I just hope nobody complains about them before they get chance to go.

I suppose it's a good sign that all is well in the garden if theres a good balance of wildlife!

Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 11:53

as a little girl of maybe 3 or 4 I decided that it would be a really good thing to weed my grandads veggie patch because he was poorly. (I also thought it might earn me a packet of spangles or some other such treat, I would of settled for a bedtime story though!)

After a day of weeding with parents and grandparents keeping an eye on me from the windows I went to get gramps so he could take a look at all my hard work, it was then he realised I'd pulled up all his tiny onion shoots thinking they where grass. When he told me I burst into tears because we wouldn't have any onions that year.

Always being one to make do and mend we re planted them again in the hope they would survive. I died my eyes, got the aforementioned sweets and bedtime story for trying my best... all the rest of the patch was beautifully weeded.

Gramp managed to get lucky and ended up with all seedlings growing tall and strong!

It's over 35yrs ago now but the feeling of ruining the veggie patch has stuck with me all this time.... maybe this was the start of my caviler attitude to gardening... if can survive it's 1st year deserves to stay!

The Buzzing bush!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 11:21

It surely will be careful! I'll wait until it's a cool day and maybe not quite so active, (assuming they are bees... better safte than sorry!)

Thanks Gary,

The Buzzing bush!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 10:40

On Monday it was quite warm where we live and as we were loading up the car for a day out (about 8am) we noticed a relatively loud buzzing from the Laurel bush at the top of the drive. As I said we where on our way out and so left it, but clocked it for further inspection.

Yesterday was pretty grey and misrable but I decided to go out and just double check the bush. There was still buzzing but really quiet this time

It's approx 7 - 8ft tall and 7ft long and say 5ft wide so a decent size, and is pretty dense. There is a ginnel (pathway for those of you who are non Lancastrian) that runs the other side of the bush as a public footpath.

Now my concerns are:-

1) are these likely to be bees setting up home in there, (I was working on theory there seemed to be more activity when it as warm, I didn't look just in case it was and I might get stung)

2) because the bush is ours do we need to take responsibility for this or should it be the council because it is right next to a public foot path which is used a fair bit by dog walkers, mums and kids going to the local school down the road etc.

3) if it is our responsibility is it just easier to call the local bee keeping society? (bearing in mind I haven't looked in the bush because I don't really want to disturb bees if I don't need to)

weeping cherry tree

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 09:34

I had the same question a while back and I had the reply it was probably canker.

Gold1locks wrote (see)

Gum oozing from cherry / plum trees can be due to a variety of causes, including  infected wounds, infections (fungal, viral, bacterial),  insect infestations (borers), or cold-damaged bark. It is most likely to be bacterial canker. If so, you should prune from the end of June to August to remove infected stems to health growth below.

The ivy won't have cause the oozing directly, but it is not a good idea to leave it there as it will reduce air circulation, restrict sunlight, etc.. 

Hope this helps !

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