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starting from scratch!

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 22:07

This sounds quite exciting! You can have colour and low maintenance and this is a good time to clear the ground of unwanted trees and large shrubs so that you can start the fun planting part in spring. Bamboo can be very intrusive and it is tough to remove, too. First you need to cut down the top growth and dig out every bit of root you can find. This may involve a pick-ax if the clump is old. Use a strong barrier such as slates placed vertically in the ground between you and your neighbour's plant to stop the roots growing back. The ivy and the tree could both go now, too. After that, think about the structure of your new garden - climbers to cover the garage wall will need something to support them as they climb. Do you want to keep all the grass, or some, or ditch the lot and have paving and containers? Where will the pond go?. You can sit indoors in the warmth and plan it out on paper. Enjoy! 

Friend or foe

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 10:45

I have had cats all my life and many of them will tackle adult rats but they must be young, strong and powerful cats, and brave, too. Baby rats are much less trouble and solve our problems just as well. I have seen cats hunting the same prey but they are not cooperating so much as competing and whichever gets the mouse first will run off with and defend it. The only time they work together, in my experience, is when a mother teaches her kittens.

A great deal is said against cats by gardeners, and I'm not keen on their mess in the borders either, but in the country they are worth their weight in gold.

Friend or foe

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 05:41

Hello, I'm not a good sleeper either! I hope you get your problem sorted out, rats are horrible.

Friend or foe

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 11:23

I think you need to look for the source of all these rats - I don't mean go out and look yourself, I mean ask around. I live on the edge of a village where people keep chickens and horses so there are always rats in the hay and feed stores and my cats catch and kill the babies but you never see a live one. The numbers you are suggesting seem to indicate a serious problem and the local council should be informed because the property responsible for this nuisance may well be required to take action to control it. 


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 11:09

I grew one of these in a sunny but very windy border and it was miserable so I dug it up and put it in a more sheltered spot. A friend told me they do best with another to help with pollination so I put in another (still a tiny baby) and it has performed wonderfully! To be sure, it is NOT covered in huge berries but it has many modest ones and looks a picture.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:36

I am on the Isle of Wight. We have had two wasps' nests in the garden this year, which is about average. Early on in the year I seemed to find a lot of overwintering queens.

Moles in my compost bins.

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 21:03

The mole catcher used traps and we watched him very closely, but we haven't had much luck yet. The cats have caught a couple - one of which they released in the bathroom. They can move fast, Welshonion, but on that occasion I was out faster!  I can assure you, it is a mole in my compost, rats do not make underground runs across the garden to the bin, they just walk in.

Moles in my compost bins.

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 07:57

I am absolutely sure they are moles - or probably one in the compost. The rest of the garden is affected too and when the damage becomes too great I shall have to get the mole catcher back.

The problem is that it or they eat all the worms: last time I turned my compost I found just three worms. This really slows down the process. There is loads of room to tunnel in a compost bin, I am afraid, mine are about 3' square and 4' high. There are three compost bins and each one has a labyrinth of runs going through. Once I found a nest of three baby moles in the leaf mould maker. Did I have the guts to kill them? No! I am probably paying for it now.

Moles in my compost bins.

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 22:42

Can anyone suggest ways of keeping moles out of compost bins? I have tried standing the bins on slabs but the little dears just pop up beside the slab and leg it across to the bin. A year or two ago I took the dastardly step of bringing in a mole catcher with some success but it was very expensive and new moles quickly spotted the vacancy and came in from the field next to us. I cannot afford sealed bins and I haven't found any material, scent or noise that does the trick. 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 08:13

Oh my goodness! Why is everyone so serious?  I love Christmas but I don't start thinking about it or shopping for it yet. Nobody makes me. Do your own thing and enjoy it!

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