Latest posts by obelixx


Posted: 22/09/2012 at 14:01

Assuming you want to rid your garden of moles, the only foolproof way is to hire a professional mole catcher but you'll need to do this on a regular basis - best done in early spring when they're on the move looking for mates and then later when the babies leave the nest and set up their own territories.  Lots of tunnelling at those times.

I have found that mole reppelling plants, moth balls in tunnels, bottles and other noisy devices just don't work.   A friend told me her husband put the hose pipe in the tunnels and left it on on all night to flood them out.  That worked but water is precious and, if you're on a meter, expensive.


deleting gardeners world account

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 22:29

There are adds on this forum and every other forum I've been on except the old BBC forums which are now defunct.

If you can concentrate enough to read messages on the forum and ignore the adds at the side it's surely possible to ignore ads on a video.

Advertising is what makes it possible to run forums at no charge to the subscribers.  You get ads on You Tube videos too.  Maybe time to grow up and stop having tantrums.


Can I start a holly hedge with bareroot plants?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 22:21

I planted a holly hedge 10 years ago.  We had to buy 60 plants lifted in late autumn and with their root balls wrapped in hessian.   It was a particularly freezing December so we had to hide them all in a barn till early January when it thawed just enough to dig a trench with the rotavator and get them planted.

Causing offence on this forum

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 16:43

I do live in Belgium which has its share of heroes like Obelix - eg Ambiorix from what is now Tongeren and who had dealings with Julius Caesar - but my name comes from my love of clematis on obelisks with a kiss added. 

A sock puppet is someone who creates 2 identities on a forum so they can talk to each other, usually to stir trouble.

strange scrapy-type holes in lawn.

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 11:56

Foxes probably, grubbing out critters such as worms and grubs they can hear moving underground.  I have a similar problem but it's my dogs digging for moles in their tunnels.

Causing offence on this forum

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 09:05

With the exception of known trolls and sock puppets, I agree.

The majority of posters here are either people with genuine queries that deserve the best answers we can give or people with experience that can be of great help and who give of their knowledge freely.  Long may such exchanges of advice and opinions continue.

Best to remember though that we all read posts in our own tone of voice and not that of the poster so sometimes posts can seem flippant, abrupt, off-hand or downright rude.  We should be careful when posting and thick-skinned when reading.

Mysterious unknown plants

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 10:24

The 4th is chelone - deep green foliage and pink flowers in late summer and likes shade.  There's also a white form available but the pink version is stronger.  Mine is very happy and spreading slowly.  I love it.  It looks great next to a big fat hosta Sum and Substance.

The third looks like spiraea douglasii .


Rejuvinating old roses

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 13:53

Yes, leave it till Feb/March depending on how cold your area and the winter turn out to be.   Then start by cutting out all obvioulsy dead wood plus broken, damaged or twiggy growth and then assess what you have left.

Prune the remaining stems down to outward facing buds to maintain an open form that allows air to flow and reduces disease.  Feed them generously with blood, fish and bone, or pelletd chicken manure as general fertilisers for good growth then add some rose or tomato fertiliser as these encourage flowers.

Digging problem

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 10:13

Your soil may well be choked with roots from the shrubs and weeds so a rotivator may also be hard work.  As berghill says, a decent fork will pierce the soil more easily than a spade.  A stainless steel one is better than an ordinary metal one and a small one is better for your back than a large one.

Whatever you decide, break the soil up into chunks before the winter frosts, toss on loads of well rotted manure or garden compost and leave the worms and frosts to sort it out over winter.  It'll then be easier to work in the spring but you'll have to make sure any new plants are kept watered over their first year as their roots won't have had time to penetrate deep for water and nutrients..

clematis montana

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 11:01

Probably just confused by a long, cool, wet summer with low light levels.

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