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Raspberry mystery....

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 21:44

Lovely. Thanks Verdun 


Raspberry mystery....

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 20:53

I planted autumn and summer fruiting raspberry canes earlier in winter. Should I have cut the canes down to ground level?

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 17:02

We've just been offered some frogspawn  But we don't have a pond (yet!) 

So this thread has been very interesting reading that we may be able to squeeze one into the garden. 

Do all you pond aficionados think its necessary/a good idea to have a pump or moving water or would it be ok without? 

What are plant recommendations for a small pond (baby bath size rather than washing up bowl I think.) Or anything definitely NOT to plant? 

Are preformed ponds better as they provide the different levels for wildlife or is it easier/ better to dig a hole and line?  Or just make your own 'levels' for plants and wildlife using rocks or bricks? 

Sorry, I'm thinking out loud a bit here. Getting excited! 

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 15:55

I got the 'oooh it might be nearly spring' feeling this afternoon whilst cleaning the chickens out. Its the first day this week that I've finally managed to get out in the garden and had a lovely little potter in the sunshine 



Posted: 03/02/2015 at 18:25

Someone chuck some donuts my way! I'm in need of some comfort food after today.



Posted: 03/02/2015 at 14:19

Hello everyone. I've just had a lovely catch up with what you have all been up to. I've written off today without a hope of achieving anything useful as i have sick children off school, so have had a good long faff on the forum instead. Now I'm sulking by a sunny window accompanied by the sound of children's TV wishing I was out in the garden. 

Might order some seeds online to make me feel like I've achieved something. 

Recommendations for coping with large numbers of aphids

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 21:32

Ooh Jess that sounds like great stuff. Will have a google. Thanks!

Recommendations for coping with large numbers of aphids

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 19:55

I would be very interested to hear replies on this as I have a similar problem. I have replanted a bed along my driveway which is overhung by next door's large sycamore trees. The shrubs and plants I have put in have been similarly covered with honeydew (which I always understood to be produced by the aphids) and the resulting sooty mould.  I did discover loads of ladybirds (also harlequin i think!) and their pupating larvae in the autumn, so they are obviously having a feast and will do some good. But if there are any recommendations of plants that are able to withstand the situation, I would be interested to hear!

Sorry to not be any help Sharon, but you are at least, not alone! 

Hedge for clay

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:32

Hornbeam is a good alternative to beech as it copes better with waterlogging on clay soil. Its not evergreen but will hold the brown leaves like beech does so provides some shelter/screening in the winter. 

Greenhouse cleaning

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 17:27

Sulphur candle Tootles. You have to make sure you have no plants in there and have all the vents/doors closed. You can get them off Amazon. I have no personal experience of them but have had a look and was considering using one. Anyone any experience of them?

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Rambling roses

when will it flower? 
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Garden bird ID please

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Clearing out bird boxes

when is best? 
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San Marzano 3 tomatoes

what does semi determinate mean? 
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Where do you trust to buy plants from?

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Foxglove 'Illumination pink' propagation

when and how? 
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Roses and clematis to train along a fence

Suggestions please! 
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Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

looking a bit sorry for itself 
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holiday proofing the greenhouse

tip/thoughts on capillary matting 
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'With added John Innes'

what does it actually mean? 
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should they be growing yet? 
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Holly hedge from cuttings

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