philippa smith2

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Leaning logs in a wildlife pond

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 20:10

Carburetor ?   Spell check is pretty useless then isn't it ? 

Strawberries and woodlice

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 20:07

Normally woodlice will only eat the fruit which has already been damaged by others ( slugs, snails, birds )

Putting straw under the plants makes it difficult to see exactly what is getting at your fruit.  It may be that you have the small slugs which live in the soil and will nip up and start on your fruit......the woodlice just tend to take advantage.

Adding extra straw will simply offer the culprits more cover to hide under.  

No easy answer as far as I know unless you want to use chemical means.......sorry

What do you have in a cold frame currently ?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 19:55

Aquilegias, Beetroot, Turnip, Ferns, Lettuce, various Salad, Rocket, Antirrhinum, Sweet William, Nasturtium, Orchid, etc, etc.

The question, for me at any rate, is what DON'T I have in my cold frames

Flowering Cactus

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 19:48

Cacti don't really thrive on neglect.  True that they require a slightly different regime to other plants but if you want them to flower, you need to tend them

Leaning logs in a wildlife pond

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 19:41

If your pond is level with the surrounding ground, plants which drape over the edges give access in and out for frogs, newts, etc. Frogs will access an above ground pond quite easily.

If you have large plants in the pond, the smaller birds can settle and drink, search for insects, etc. without any problem.

Placing logs in the pond can only help but if the pond and surrounding area is planted with some thought, it isn't particularly necessary other than a place for birds to perch and drink.

If you have Hedgehogs in your garden, it may be a good idea to provide an easy exit should one topple in...IME, they tend to know to avoid the water but there will always be one 

pigeons and mock orange

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 19:29

If you are talking about Wood pigeons, why not put some corn or similar down for them ?  We have several woodies in the garden and ( touch wood ) they do not touch any of shrubs (including 2 Choisyas), flowers, greens, etc. as they feed happily with all the other birds at several feeding stations within the garden.

Just a for me

Honeysuckle problem.

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 19:15

Is it in a pot ?  Or in the garden ?  What sort of medium is it growing in ? Does it get sufficient water ?  Cold winds ?  Blazing sun ?

A photo may help people to advise you



Posted: 14/06/2016 at 19:08

Lou.........I doubt Monty Don had the energy either.......always helps if you have several "under gardeners"

Only sure fire way tho IMHO.

winter colour plant

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 19:04

You could try one of the yellow Heucheras.  They do best with some shade and keep their growth all year.  If it is in a sunny spot, go for one of the Purple ones.  A few spring flowering bulbs would help too.

Variegated vinca minor (yellow/green leaf) will also stay over winter and will trail down your pot.  Ajuga reptans ( another ground cover/trailer ) will stay all winter and give beautiful blue flower spikes in the Spring.

Lots of choice actually depending on the aspect


Posted: 14/06/2016 at 17:51

Digging it out continuously every time it rears it's head is one method I've used. You won't get every bit out of the ground the first time round (it's taken me over 3 years and I still get the odd bit) but a thick mulch also helps by weakening the growth and cutting of the light. I'm now at the stage where it is relatively easy to dig out the few weakened growths I find.

Like most pernicious weeds, hard work seems the best way to go.

I was unwilling to use any weedkiller as the bindweed was everywhere amongst shrubs and trees. It rather depends on how widespread it is.  Some recommend letting it grow up and painting with weedkiller but I've never found that offers much succes .


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