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Protecting a planter over winter

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 09:09

I have had the same problem and found they just pooed through the mesh or found a space amongst the sticks.  I like the green manure idea because it means you're making good use of the planter over winter and it will stop nutrients being washed out and add them back in ready for re-planting.  Citrus peeling are meant to be good too I hear.

Greenfly in shed

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 19:39

Viburnum beetle is also shiny green artjak.

Greenfly in shed

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 14:20

Have they got a skinny green body and long wings?  If so could be lacewings like Dove says.  I found one today hiding under my mealworm tub.

Overgrown Garden

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 16:47

This doesn't seem that overgrown to me although I know you've already done some tidying, it's just a mature garden. If you have any evergreen hedges, like conifer you can trim them lightly now to keep them neat over winter. Your can aerate and top dress your grass and prune back shrubs that are really stressing you out but you may risk losing next years flowers if they are an early flowering variety.  Really that is all you should do now unless you want to gut the whole thing but that would be pretty pointless at this time of year anyway because it will leave you with an empty quagmire over winter.  Wait until spring is underway properly and you will see if you have any dead trees/shrubs or limbs that need removing.  This will also help us/you identify what you have in there and the best time of year or way to prune it.  That small leaved thing next to your acer (I don't know the name) but it can be tight clipped to allow some more light in. Honeysuckle, virginia creeper and ivy can al be cut back hard and they've survive, that can be done now too.

tools missing in action (MIA)

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:47

I try and buy garden equitment in red, it really helps with finding them against the green background! 

Moving clematis

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 18:57

Thanks Bob, I wouldn't mind having another anyway. 


Moving clematis

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 08:42

Crumbs I haven't got the stamina for that at the minute (6 months pregnant) so I'll just leave it until I'm in better shape!  Thanks obelixx.

Flower bed in front of bay window - choiysa ternata

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 21:09

I'm not sure the acid green of the choisya will look nice against the red rose personally, it might be a bit jarring. What aspect is the bed, sunny or shady?

Moving clematis

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 19:49

Is it ok to move clematis cirrhosa var. 'wisley cream' now?  It's in the wrong place but it is in flower now.  I have it growing up a metal pole so it will be quite easy to take down without damaging it.


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:18

I think you do need to put signs up for anti-climb paint/spikes of any sort because otherwise people can sue you if they get injured, at least that way you are legally covered.  If my son ever does anything like this to anyone I will make his life a misery and send him round to tidy up too!    Is it possible the parents/grandparents don't know?  I know some won't care but a lot would.

Discussions started by Mrs G

Autumn Lawn Feed

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Plants for Winter interest

North facing clay border 
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Moving clematis

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Feed birds

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Viburnum Opulus being nibbled

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Gardening and Chickens

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European Spindle

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How to increase flowers/coverage 
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mulch query

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Talkback: Dunnocks

I tried clingfilm on the outside of the window but the blue tit just pulled it off! 
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Breeding Frogs

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Ray of Hope

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Front Gardens & Evergreens

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