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VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 11:32

I agree taht TV gadening is niot currently destined for peopple with small budgets or small plots although on Beechgrove they do occasionally do this and also do garden fixes for people witha  problem that needs a redesign.

If you google "small garden design" quite a lot of sites come up that should be able to help you.   for a setaing area, could you not leave some slabs in place for yur table and chairs and make tehrest of teh garden around taht?  If not, try levelling an area completely flat, covering with a weed proof membrane and then laying a thick layer of gravel.

Attract blue tits

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 09:48

I grow brassicas in the veg patch.  No need for nets as the tits and sparrows hoover up any caterpillars and they also take the aphids from roses and clematis.

Rat problem

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 09:46

Rats are ubiquitous and like to nest in compost heaps as it's warm.   We are in teh country so have them in tehgarden and neiighbouring pasture but when it comes to the bird feeders I draw a line and place poisoned bait in hidden spots because I don't like traps. 

The one I use is Toxa Overdose - sachets of blue stained grains that kill and then dessicate the corpse so there is no smell.  I use it in winter in the attic when the local mice move in for teh winter and it's very effective.   Works on rats too but you need several sachets at a time.  I put them under rhubarb leaves to keep them dry and away from birds.

A good DIY or garden centre will have a variety of products and traps.

Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 09:39

We had one in our garden in Harrow.  The back was the rear fence and one side was the  fence between us and the neighbours.  we erected fence posts to make the 3rd and 4th sides and stapled black plastic netting along it and over it.  The roof sagged a bit after the first winter snowed on it so we put slats across to help support it but piping would be sturdier and less likely to snap in strong winds.  For access, we simply left the short side hooked on its corner post so we could undo the flap and get in to weed, feed, prune and pick.

Ours was cheap, easy to make and worked a treat

Sambucus woes

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 16:13

Sambucus varieties with fancy foliage don't like wind.   I have them along the northern boundary of my garden and they definitely need a windbreak to do well.  However physocarpus is tough as old boots.  You could also try a prunus such as cerasifera which has purple foliage and winter blossoms and can be grown as a large shrub or small tree.


what is it & why is it dying..

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 14:56

Ants are a major pest.  I've just had a rose and some lilies in two pots sicken and die in just a few days because ants made their nest in the compost.   No warnng and plenty of watering so i'm seriosuly peeved.

Wisteria still dormant in june!!!!!!!

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 14:52

It's been a hard winter and spring for many wisteria.  Mine has only just come into leaf and has skipped the flowering stage.  A friend has one that's been frozen almost back to its base.  Give it to the end of June to see if anything happens then cut it back to the new shoots or dig it out if there are none.

What's been eating the rhubarb?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 14:49

Slugs do that on our rhubarb.   You can just cut out that part of the stem when you come to eat it.

What is this little tree..?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 14:47

It looks like a form of acer negundo to me, probbaly flamingo, which has cream and pink tinges in spring.  They can be pollarded to keep them short if needs be and this will make for bigger, better foliage each spring.

It is regarded as an undesirable, invasive weed across the United States.

What is this little tree..?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 09:43

No pictures.  Please try again.

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