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Snowball bush/hydrangea

Posted: Yesterday at 16:04

I think it's a viburnum, Vivien. It has its very own beetle, though I forget the name. You can cut it back now if you want to. Give it a feed after. They can grow pretty big if you leave them but will flower happily even if pruned. They usually survive pest attacks but if you are really worried someone on here will know the remedy.

So. Much. Bindweed :(

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 16:00

The moon and the stars! Some people use chemicals and will doubtless contribute to this thread. I prefer to pull it up at every opportunity. Think of it as a lifetime companion. You are unlikely to eradicate it entirely but you will grow used to its being there....

Making compost

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 22:16

If it's rotted it can go straight on the soil but if it is fresh, bung it in with your compost. You don't need to get too hung up on this brown green thing, as long as it is uncooked plant waste it will all break down in time. I am not keen on dalek bins because the secret of good compost is turning it and mixing it up, again and again. Soft green leaves rot fastest, chunks of wood can take years so the best way is to break up your material into smaller pieces, leaving wood and wood chips in a separate bin but coarse stems, plant leaves, peelings, grass and so on in your main bin. Leaves from trees can go in, especially if you chop them up, but they will make the very best compost if you put them in a wire sided container and just leave them alone for a couple of years. As you have seen, some people add cardboard and paper and Bob Flowerdew wees in his bins, but I tend to stick to plants!

whats this please

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 14:46

Oh, Alan got there first. And I was so pleased with myself!!!

whats this please

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 14:45

Lychnis chalcedonica Jerusalem Cross?

Making compost

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 07:59

We have more grass cuttings than the compost bins can cope with. I just turn it, breaking up the clumps and letting in air, frost etc. When it's nearly done I mix in the stuff from the ready compost bin. It makes fantastic compost. You may feel it is hard work but I am in my sixties and  very slightly disabled, so it can't be that bad!


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 13:21

Well, I would protect the roots and see if they put up some new shoots. Good luck.

Pond advice needed

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 22:11

We made a modest pond about 25 years ago, largely for the kids. We planted it up and put in a few goldfish. In about 5 minutes we had newts, toads and frogs and they all bred enthusiastically. However, the newts ate all the frogspawn. I went out at night with a torch and saw a ring of newts surrounding the spawn and eating the little black centres. We have never got as far as froglets. The toads and newts produce hundreds of babies. Goldfish are not natural wildlife, of course, but they are peaceful, pleasant creature and don't seem to eat anything but fish food. They also breed freely. You do have to net against herons.


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 21:55

When you say dead, can you be more specific? Do you mean vanished - eaten - or withered or crispy or covered in aphids or slimy...? What did the roots look like?. I find them easy to grow but slugs do love them. Could that be the problem? What about overwatering?

Poppy mess

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 07:38

That's the correct way, but they are very hard to kill. If you really can't bear it, cut off the flower/seed heads but leave the leaves. Dig REALLY deep and replant immediately, in good soil. Make sure it doesn't dry out but don't drown it. But you could just have a cup of tea and think about planning your Spring reorganisation!

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