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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!

New Garden, New Soil

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 08:05

Lilac loves chalk and so do buddleia. We find that every type of viburnam just romps away and you get flowers and berries with some or scented flowers through winter. Foxgloves, aquilegias, cornflowers, many daisies all seem happy and hardy annuals are seldom fussy. Grasses are a new venture for us and seem to be doing well but we have clay as well as chalk so they have to be tolerant of very tough winter conditions. The best thing is to enjoy experimenting - you will find that some plants wither and die in spite of every recommendation while some flourish although they are meant to hate every feature of your conditions.

Compost Heap

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 08:08

We have more grass cuttings than the compost bins can accommodate and make a big pile of them, starting new each year, in an out of the way place. You don't HAVE to do anything - if you wait long enough it all turns into compost, but if you need the space or the material, dig it out and let the air in as much as possible. Anything you add will help to speed up the process, but personally, I'd leave out the wee. You can't avoid the cat byproducts but please, not Grandad's piddle all over your boots as well!

My garden is a jungle

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 22:37

Well, you seem to have achieved loads so far and it's easy to see that there is lots of potential, especially with that fantastic greenhouse. You have a lot to keep you busy with family, work, a new home AND the garden so my advice is

1) get some essential tools, you cannot do a good job with a hand fork! You need a fork, spade and hoe for heavy work but don't buy a brush-cutter, hire one, you won't need it once you have things under control. You will need a grass cutter of some sort so do your research now. Getting brambles out is a man's job involving pick-axes and sweat, believe me, you'll need help here.

2) focus on tidying up, then concentrate on one area at a time, so that there is something pretty to look at, or something to eat. Gradually, you can tame more and more.

3) it's meant to be enjoyable. If you are coping with all the rest of your life keep the gardening ambitions modest so that you can succeed, not just add another load of problems.

I think you have a really exciting garden here and I hope it gives you years of pleasure, learning to make it what you want. Good luck!

clematis seeds

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 18:05

Thank you, I'll give it a try!

clematis seeds

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 17:36

One of my early flowering clematis has made lots of seeds. Does anyone know how to germinate and grow them on?

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 17:32

It's worth experimenting with one or two dubious plants, to see how they do. You can line your greenhouse with bubble-wrap, sold in garden centres, to keep out the cold: you will find that your success varies during particularly cold or mild winters. If you are really desperate during a cold spell, a large container of water, such as an open plastic bin, can be enough to keep the temperature above freezing. Good luck!

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