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composting question

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 17:04

Oooh you lucky thing! If that horse muck is mixed with straw you will get beautiful compost. Add  the weeds from your flower beds and all the stuff mentioned above. Mix it all up, turn it from time to time and enjoy!

Plant identification

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 18:28

It is a type of artemesia, I think.

Help needed for lawn problems

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 10:17

On, bad luck! Are you in the middle of a drought like me? If so, I would start with regular watering until it recovers as much as it is able to. If not, you may have leather jackets, which eat grass roots and can kill off a lawn in a season. In that case you may need to get a professional treatment because it is not possible to buy the chemicals you need. Once you know and have dealt with the cause of the problem, you can move into a regular routine of dethatching with a lawn rake, aerating with a fork or hollow time fork and feeding.

Plant identification

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 10:08

It isn't terragon. I have it in my garden but I don't know what it is called. It spreads from the roots and can be invasive but the silver leaves are very attractive and stay pretty all summer. The flowers aren't anything to get excited about buy it all looks very well with strong greens or pink or blue companions.

why cover seeds of hardy plants

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 10:01

I am the same as Lyn - I can't grow anything from seed sewn straight into the ground. When I first came here I thought there must be something wrong with me , it had never been a problem before, but then I became acquainted with the local slugs. They seem to be prepared to eat everything: those big orange slugs are the worst.

passion flower foliage

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 17:18

Watering every night sounds a bit too often to me. They do well in dry, very sunny places, in my experience. Where are you growing it and what sort of soil do you have?

Mini maggot/caterpillar killing everything off.

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 20:17

This may well be the tortrix moth caterpillar: it has quite wide taste and can be a real nuisance, weakening the plants and making them drop their leaves. It is especially difficult in the greenhouse. The best way is to nip off the affected tips, keeping your hand underneath to catch the escaping caterpillar. Some books recommend chemicals but it can actually be quite difficult to reach the pesky things inside their rolled up leaves and systemic sprays really are nasty stuff. 

Outdoor goldfish

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 19:45

When the weather is sunny and hot you really need to react quickly if things are so bad the fish are dying. If the local water is not good enough to put straight in, buy a small fountain and pump and run it 24 hours a day, making the water shoot up as high as possible and come down as droplets. It may look a bit naff but the fish won't object if it saves their lives so neither should you!

Fairy Ring

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 10:49

In the end, it all depends on how bad your particular problem is, doesn't it. I have fairy rings but they don't do much damage so I am happy to tolerate 'fairies and the natural world' but I was recently told off very firmly on this site for advocating the humane destruction of moles, which were destroying my borders and soft fruit. There is another thread running about foxes and badgers at the moment: some people are clearly finding foxes a serious problem. I have even read some people defending the right to life of slugs! I love the natural world, but my garden is not a natural place and I think we all have to be responsible but not so critical of those who have been driven to despair by an excess of nature!


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 09:47

I visited a garden recently that was packed with roses of every kind and they were covered with flowers. It looked wonderful and the scent was gorgeous. The soil was loamy, well drained and slightly acid and there was good shelter from the wind. I think that if you have the right conditions, there is nothing more lovely but if, like me, you don't,  no amount of work will make them look really good. If they give you more grief than pleasure, dig them up and replace them with something more obliging!

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