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What is this little tree..?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 09:43

No pictures.  Please try again.


Posted: 17/06/2013 at 09:42

Have a google for a water scarecrow.   It attaches to an outside tap and has a sensor so any passing cat triggers a wpray of water.  they hate getting wet and go away.  You just need to move the sensor regularly so they don't work it out.

I have always had cats and birds.  The trick is to hang peanut feeders and fat balls out of cat pouncing range and to put ground feed down where there is no shrub or fence for cats to hide and pounce from.   Having shrubs for the small birds to hide in also helps in case a sparrow hawk comes hunting.  

Works here.  In the last 10 years I've had no small birds caught by my cats, no matter how they try.

Angry Birds

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 09:36

It's been a lousy spring and food is scarce.  My garden visitors are currently on double rations per day for seeds and fat balls.   Heaven knows what they're doing to find grubs and insects for their young who need moist food.

I leave my cabbges and salads uncovered so they can get any caterpillars as I don't spray.  I don't get wrecked veggies but then I only have collared doves and no pigeons in teh mix.

Try feeding yours and yes, build a sturdier frame and tighter net for you veggies and salads that will keep off butterflies and birds and won't risk trapping them in loose net folds.

Gardeners world show

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 21:24

The management of the GW show was given over to the RHS some years ago and has nothing to do with the TV programme.  If its not included in the BBC TV coverage contracts it won't get air time.    People have said several times on here that the show lost the plot when it was merged with the Food and Drink shows.  



Clematis called john paul

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 23:50

Maybe it' s hungry.  Clematis are greedy plants so try giving it a good dollop of special clematis food and an instant tonic of liquid rose or tomato food.

It's a pruning group 2. maybe you're getting the pruning regime wrong.

Herb - Sweet cicely

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 18:07

This plant is spreading madly in a partially shady spot in my garden.  I like it as a weed suppressant and for its foliage and flowers.  i've used it on rhubarb and blackcurrants but this custard looks great.

Thanks Berghill.

Help my clem is dying!

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 15:07

That pot is way too small and is also thin plastic which means it will heat up quickly in sunshine and freeze easily in winter thus alternately cookin,g or freezing the roots.

If you can't plant it in the ground, I suggest you get yourself a decent ceramic, frost proof pot at least 60cm wide and deep and then transfer your clem, planting it 4" deeper than it is now.  Alternately, use one of those terracotta look alike plastic pots but line the inside with bubble wrap as heat and cold insulation.   Use the best quality compost you can afford - John Innes no 3 with some added fibrous matter from a peat free Levington's type compost.  Mix some slow release fertilser into the compost before planting - blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure - and make sure your clematis is kept watered.

Give it a liquid feed at least once a week during the growing season and a boost of specialist clematis feed as a top dressing every spring.

Monty Don

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 23:20

Alan Titchmarsh once asked an elderly lady gardener how she managed to get a good display of tulips in the ground year after year without digging up and replanting.  She said she buried the bulbs 9 inches deep - safely out of danger from most heavy frosts and rodents which eat the bulbs in the ground.

I planted 300 tall, well bred tulips one year but they didn't succeed - must have deep burrowing rodents - so now I plant the smaller botanical varieties and they do fine and come back year after year and have dainty flowers and foliage.  Love em.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 23:12

Use it as a soil improver in your beds when planting new stuff and/or as a mulch round shrubs and roses.

Don't try and use it for replanting things in tubs as its nutrient value will be negligible.

herbicide concentration?

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 13:45

It isn't a laughing matter.    IThese old chemicals are as bad in tehir way as TNT was.

The herbicide you have has been taken off the market precisely because it is unsafe, even when fresh, for both people and the environment.  It iis illegal to use such products in Europe so take the advice geiven and dispose of it safely by taking it to your local recycling centre where staff should know what to do.

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