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Mint is looking pale and yellow :(

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 10:35

I grow all my mints in large pots to stop them escaping and they're all looking pale and yellow now as they die down before winter.   I have reduced watering and, beacvuse we have hard winteres here, will soon take the pots into shelter for winter with no further watering.

Come the spring they'll be brought outside, all the old shoots will be removed and the pots throroughly watered and then to dressed with some fresh compost.   If tehy're looking very congested they get turfed out and divided an dthen replanted and watered.

New small pond for frogs/toads

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 09:15

I have quite a large gardenand a large pond dug for drainage.  It has lots of frogs and toads and even visiting duck and resident hedgehogs but I still have a slug problem.

I suggest you switch to wildlife friendly slug pellets which don't leave slimy messes and corpses all over the place.  I start sprinkling thinly on Valentine's Day around susceptible plants such as hostas, clematis and hemerocallis and repeat thins catterings each wek throughout teh spring and early summer.  

This means you get them as they emerge form hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they can feed or breed.   I don't do blanket scatterings as some slugs are essential for recycling decaying matter but I don't want the ones that eat my treasures to get the upper hand.



replanting strawberries

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 17:46

I agree.  It's warm enough still for them to get their roots established.  Strawberries benefit from a frosting to provoke flowers and fruits and will produce them earlier if they've had tme to settle in.

Moving clematis

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 22:11

There's also layering which is suppsoe dto be eaiser but you"d need patience.   Could try one or two now probably.

Moving clematis

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 06:52

I ouldn't move anything while it's in flower and I think you'll find the roots of a clematis go really deep so you'll have difficulty digging them all out and successfully transplanting it.

However, if you really must move it, cut the stems back to leave just 3 or 4 feet on each with some foliage.   Water the roots well and leave to saok for an hour then dig out as much of the root ball as you can.  Be prepared to go a couple of feet deep at least and quite wide.   Then take it to its new home which you should have prepared well in advance with a planting hole a bit deeper and plenty of good compost to feed and encurage new root formation.   Water thoroughly and give it plenty of feed next spring.

How old is your houseplant?

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 16:58

Multi stemmed rubber plant inherited from a colleague at work who died young in 1979 or 80 so it will have been several years old already.

Planting up my grandmother's abandoned grave

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:20

 Rosemary isn't that hardy in cold parts of the country.  I would suggest geranium macrorhizum for ground cover.  Scented foliage, white, pink or deep pink flowers in late spring and the foliage turns red in winter.    Bulbs will come through with no bother and their dying foliage will be hidden by it.

Screening my fence with a hedge

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 11:25

If the fence is in good nick you don't need a hedge but, if you really want to disguise it and have smething green, think about erecting a few fence posts and trellis panels inside it and growing a range of climbers that will attract insects and birds.

You will need to do a lot to improve the soil first but could then go for pyracantha which is very wildlife friendly having blossom, berries and evergreen leaves or climbing roses, honeysuckle, clematis...........

pruning roses

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:20

Happy to help.  Glad it was useful.


Posted: 14/10/2014 at 13:26

You can buy special sticky paint that makes a mess of anyone climbing over walls and fences that have it painted on.  You can also attach spiky strips to tops of walls and fences - seen both done on daytime TV programme on burglary prevention whilst suffering from bronchitis recently.

You can also buy a decent and not too expensive CC TV camera and place it high up on your house to film any intruders.

Up to you whether you then put up warning signs about the nasty paint and spiky bits.............

Consult the local police station's crime prevention officer tfor advice oo.  Once these kids get away with doing your garden they may be tempted to be more bold as they get bigger and that would be even worse.



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