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Monty's wildlife garden

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 22:36

I have a pond, log piles, 3 compost heaps, trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs to provide nectar and pollen and I feed the birds all year round.    My garden is ex cow pasture with agro-chem arable fields to the north and west plus boggy paddocks to the south and east and woodland a few hundred yards away which are supposed to be havens for a wide range of birds and insects - all to be found in my garden which has food and/or shelter for most of them.

I should have thought most of Monty's garden is already a haven for wildlife too but I can see why he'd decide to turn a neglected corner into a new wildlife area to show others with less experience how to go about it.   About time he did something on a normal garden scale that viewers can relate to more easily.

Climber for a north east wall

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 22:17

They are vigorous and get quickly out of hand and if not regularly pruned they flower at the top and not all over.  They flower early when it's too cold to sit out and enjoy the view of their flowers.   They are dull for 49 weeks of the year but make a good backdrop to other plants when in leaf but not a good solo feature except for the 2 or 3 weeks they are in flower.

Nosy neighbour

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 22:13

You have the right to use your garden as you see fit as long as you respect laws and by-laws about hedge and fence heights and so on and do not need planning permission or his to erect a greenhouse.  

Be polite to your neighbour when you point this out and maybe suggest a bit of trellis could be added to the top of your dividing fence which would disguise the greenhouse from his garden.  You can then leave th e trellis as is or train a climbing rose or clematis along it for further provacy which its sounds like you need more than your neighbour. 

Pruning persicaria

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 17:21

Mine looks exactly the same.  You can lightly rake it to remove dead foliage but be careful not to uproot it and otherwise just be patient.  It will recover and regrow as things warm up.

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 16:58

Belgians don't do proper biscuits so I make my own but only for events such as dance club activities.   I do a mean Parmesan and oat biscuit for the savoury types and then chocolate chip always goes down well and there's a chocolate one with apricots or cranberries which make them chewy and sort of healthy.   I like ginger nuts for the base of a lemon cheesecake and that means a 60km trip to the English shop.

Climber for a north east wall

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 16:03

There are lots of clematis that would be happy here if you can provide wires stretched between vine eyes screwed to the wall in horizontal rows anything form 12 to 18 inches apart.   You could plant more than one to have a variety of colours of flower but do make sure they are from the same pruning group or things could get complicated.   Viticellas are probably the easiest group as they are vigorous and can be pruned almost to the ground every March and will then produce new growth with flowers all summer long and into autumn.  Have a look at Betty Corning (scented), Etoile Rose, Pagoda, Hagelby Pink and its white form, Lisboa, Melody.  Nelly Moser and Perle d'Azur have larger, flatter blloms and can be treated as group 3s and pruned like th eviticellas if you want to contrast form as well as colour.

Climbing roses such as Golden Showers, Paul's Scarlet and New Dawn will also do well and provide repeated flowering through the summer.  

Both roses and clematis are gross feeders so need really good soil preparatin and annual feeds to keep them looking good and blooming.


Nuclear option for weeds?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 13:33

Bricks aren't tarmac and are damaged by salts.  

Pathclear is good but you have to be careful about getting it on surrounding borders and into waterways so no good where gardens drain into ponds or streams but probably OK for normal urban use.


Posted: 24/03/2015 at 13:01

Thursday 2nd of April on BBC Scotland and Sunday 5th on BBC2.

Excellent programme full of good tips and topical info as well as informative trials of methods and products and plants.    They seem to manage to cram in a great deal without it feeling rushed and the delightful Mr Beardshaw is part of the team whose members all have their own specialities and interests.

Cats.........stop them from messing in my garden!!!

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 11:00

The most effective and also most humane weapon against unwanted cats is a water scarecrow.  You just need an outside tap and the device.   Google for info.

Please help in identification!

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 10:58

Can't see the picture.  Please use the tree icon to upload a photo from your PC.

As for the garden and its plants, the best advice for the first growing season in any new garden is to leave it be and watch what grows and take regular photos.   This will help you identify what you have and like and what you want to get rid of or move or lift and divide come the autumn.

You shoud scatter some general feed around - chicken, cow and horse manure or blood, fish and bone to give everything a boost and some organic slug pellets for protection.  Weed any obvious menaces such as nettles, creeping buttercup, thistles, couch grass, groundsel, goosegrass/sticky bud and so on and cut off any dead and brown stems on grasses and perennials so new growth can come through.   Shrub roses need pruning now too.

If you don't recognise the weeds you can google for pictures and for rose pruning, see here - 

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