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Posted: 25/07/2013 at 11:52

The only way to get rid of lily beetle is by squishing them. A good tip - we use a light coloured little stone mulch, that way when the beetles fall, you can still see them (when one falls, they all fall). Snip off any leaves that are going see through (look underneath and look for the black poo, inside is an orange nymph - squish it. They'll live in the soil during winter. The best advice is kill em, kill em oh and kill em. (squish them between to trowels if you're squeemish). If everyone did this, we might be able to remove the unwanted beetle from the UK.

Plant identification please

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 11:52

Thank you everyone. Glechoma hederacea variegata - Nepeta seems to be it. Typical, in some places it's considered to be a weed. We just use it in hanging baskets (instead of normal ivy). I didn't know that is was poisonous for horses.

VERY small garden ideas on a budget

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 11:31

Small garden on a budget, (ours is also classed as small by GW terms) take cuttings and grow extra plants of the ones you already have, then swap with neighbours for other plants. We are part of the way through ours, - have a look at the different years. You can get clematis very cheap from pound shops or asda/tesco every now and again, look for the easy ones - for example 'polish spirit' (big purple flowers) - it also depends on what decoration you like - if you like dark wooden furniture etc, then go for the darker colours for your garden, if you like a modern decor in your house then go for lighter colours, (remember your garden is like having another room) - good luck don't forget use mirrors in alcoves etc to make it look bigger.

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 11:19

A brick wall should do the trick (needs to be a minimum of one brick length thick), then just grow ivy up the side of it to soften one the sound and two the straight lines of the brick wall. Have a chat with a local builder - see what they suggest. If you have the chat outside right next to the fence - they might take offence and move. Why not have a sonic cat deterrent or two (at slightly different frequencies) that happen to be pointing at the fence .....

Plant identification please

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 04:47

Could you please help me identify this plant. Thanks.


 It does have little pink flowers on it at the end of summer (if that helps).

Annoying threads

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 04:42

Kitchen did someone say they wanted ....... just joking, I got annoyed with it too. To sort out the problem - if you use something like google analytics (the adminers can get the IP address of each party and ban them via their IP). or just give their IP out to all of us, and we can send them emails about gardening (please be the later). Anyway, what on earth is going on with all of this wind? If this keeps up I'll have to buy some beach wind breakers to protect my plants.

MOB rants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:10

I'm getting annoyed with other neighbours that have fruit trees. The problem is the pests - if they don't look after them, mine also get their pests and diseases. It's a pain. If they don't want them ... grrr.

And don't get me started on all of the dandelions, catsears (Hypochaeris), hawkweeds (Hieracium) and hawkbeards (Crepis) its like everyone around here has given up cutting grass - I know a wild garden can look nice - but - an unmanaged overgrown jungle? - if you can't be bothered to look after a garden - move into a flat!  give someone else a chance.

best foliage perennial plant for the garden

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:45

wow - I haven't even heard of half of those. The main perennial plants we use (as we are just starting out and using the plants already in the garden) are wide and varied. But my favourite is the Liliaceae (Ophiopogon planiscapus)'black mondo grass' mixed in with our ferns - but I wish it could be bigger (elephant grass size would be ideal). (a moving in present from Arthur the 'old boy' from next door - thats why it's my favourite).


Posted: 17/05/2013 at 10:16

We have had problems with local cats. The things we have tried - sonic - only works for a few days - till they know what it is and what it does - waste of money if you ask me. Next we tried the smelly sticks, doesn't work at all. To cut a long story short - we have tried alot of things - waste of money, (gels, cat away etc). The only thing that seems to work is pepper. We now have pepper in an old tea bag - put at various locations around the garden, (we found that grinding it yourself (with a hammer and hard surface) lasts the longest).

Rather than hurt actual real life cats - I recommend taking your revenge out using this game - it's called catapult.

(When it loads - just select high or low resolution - then using your mouse left button - hold it down to increase the power of the throw - try to get the cats in the holes or fill the hooks with cats for a bonus).

Failing that buy a dog and train it. Good Luck with the cats.

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Plant identification please

it has little pink flowers on it at the end of summer 
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