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Where's Mike?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 20:47

I wouldn't worry too much Pauline.....people come and go..........the forum doesn't depend on just one person 


Posted: 17/07/2014 at 20:11

Bit late to try and grow quick annual climbers now but if you install some fencing/trellis even without plants at present, it would give you some privacy.

Once you have that in place, you can then start to think about the plants to grow up the screen........come the Autumn, you should be able to plant and can then look forward to your privacy next year. 

If you post photos of the area you are concerned with, I'm sure there will be lots of advice which you can consider


Posted: 17/07/2014 at 19:41

Note I said only to try this if the beginnings of a nest.....certainly not advocating going into a full blown one. 


Posted: 17/07/2014 at 19:14

If you can access the site and the wasps  have only just appeared, you may be able to remove the beginning of their nest.  Once you have done that, plug the entrance....just to be sure, there may well be something you could spray in and around the entry point to deter further visitors

Other posters may well have better advice so hold hard before you do anything

Polytunnel jungle

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 18:07

Ray..........lucky you with such a good size tunnel

I guess the first thing you should do is decide what exactly you want to grow ( everything by the sound of it  )

Tomatos, peppers, cucumbers and all the "summer" stuff should do well in summer but to be honest, Brassicas and other veg would be far better outside.

You can perhaps make more use of the tunnel by overwintering veg and salad stuff and raising other veg in the Spring - either to grow in the tunnel or plant outside.

A bit of planning called for I think before you drive yourself mad...........I imagine there will be plenty of advice online if you look for Tunnel growing........give you a few ideas

Whatever you do, hope you enjoy the tunnel


Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:36

True enough..........all the circumstances need to be known really before one can make a definitive response.

Hope you have luck with yours


Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:32

It is a Phormium.........check back from the babies to the mother plant...........if the babies have roots, you can cut them away and pot them up to grow on.

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:21

Joss.....just goes to show doesn't it ?      Every garden is different and there is rarely a sure fire way which suits all.  Also why it is always a good idea to wait for several opinions before taking action.  I guess that's what makes it interesting (if a little frustrating ).

leaf curl

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:13

Alan........I can sympathise wholeheartedly......all I can suggest is to be careful when removing.........the little blighters can drop very quickly if you try squidging on the plant/tree and are then difficult to catch

I've found the best method is to take off the affected leaves/shoots and then squish or stamp on.............a never ending task I have to admit and  leaves some things looking a bit bald.  I've also found that it seems to be a continuous sooner have you cleaned a plant then days later you have to start all over again. 

Talkback: Green walls

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 17:00

Edd.............maybe Sourabh had typo problems......actually an ad for Silk Pants as opposed to plants ?.  The reference to Living Walls would be for those who need large pants perhaps ?

This is getting ridiculous isn't it ? 

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 19:26 and then

How things change 
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Cuckoo Spit

First of the season ? 
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Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

general query 
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Waterlogged grass/lawn

using RapidGrid to make a path 
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Kniphofia- Red Hot Pokers

Best type ? 
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