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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 21:10

I don't grow a lot of lillies, but Lily Beetles must count as the worst design for a pest. They're the brightest of red, and what are they a pest of? Plants with green leaves! Though in true QR fashion I can't bring myself to kill them, so as with slugs and snails I plop them in the council green bin so they can have a good feast before they're carted off to the council composter. 

Rhododendrons and horse muck !

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:57

Daisy where's your field? I'll come by with a wagon tonight  Alas I have a small garden and only rooms for compost bins

Suggestions please..

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:53

Hi Sarahlou how much sun does it get? How patient are you? Do you want instant gratification (which will likely cost you a bob or two), or can you wait a bit (much cheaper as long as you're prepared to wait)? 


Got a border, have brought some plants, what now!? help

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:43

and evolutionary. Yes unlike decorating if you don't the the pattern it doesn't cost a lot to move them round. Which is why I spend a lot of time gardening and not a lot of time decorating 


Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:39

Yes Preksha, boil up a few cloves of garlic, let it cool, sieve out the garlic and store it. It will store the whole season. You only need a small amount to a gallon of water. Here's a recipe from Bowdens - who know a thing or two about hostas. I also water this onto brassicas and any other thing those dastardly slugs eat:

Hilarious as it was watching the slugs mating on Springwatch (I'd finished dinner), they're still my most unfavourite garden creature



Weeds, what to do?[Complete beginner]

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:27

This may sound odd, but I enjoy weeding. Obviously if you're starting a neglected plot there's a lorra lorra hard work, but once that's done a little potter round on a nice evening I find therapeutic

Get thrifty

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:20

Well I'm reeling, not just at Eddie's marvelous work, but at the thrifty ideas everyone has. I'm working through them and making notes 

Eddie, what tools do you use to make the sculptures? I love them!

Get thrifty

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 20:08

Eddie I'm jealous too, but you're an inspiration!

Here's my thrifty ideas. The cold frame is my deluxe custom-made version. Friends were  having an extension and throwing out their old double-glazing so I nabbed it.

The milk carton idea came from the Harrogate flower show. My work colleagues and neighbours saved me the cartons. It's my mini-living wall which covers the front of my old bath where I grow my blueberries. I'm planting it up with things that will trail down.  I also grow hostas in my old toilet.



Got a border, have brought some plants, what now!? help

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:43

It sounds like your border backs onto a wall/fence etc.? If so then put the ones that ill grow tall at the back and the smaller ones at the front. They should all have growing instructions which will tell you eventual height, planting depth/width, conditions etc.

I always dig a whole twice the width of the pot, put some compost in the bottom (home-made or bought), water well - about quarter to half a watering can full (depends on the size of the plant), sprinkle a bit of bonemeal in and put the plant in. Firm it in by hand, add a bit more water, make a cup of tea and read a gardening mag

Fading colour??

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 19:27

Is it just round where I live, but haven't the Pieris have been wonderful this year? On my way home from work (Sheffield)  I've seen loads of bright bushes of fire! I've passed them every day for years and not noticed them being this spectacular

Discussions started by quercus_rubur

Akebia quinata - thanks

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Hang out the washing

Designing a small garden around the washing line 
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Camellias in Scotland

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Cloud pruning anyone?

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Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

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My Corkscrew Hazel - Thanks

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Gardening as part of the National Curriculum

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Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Can it be pot grown? 
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Speed gardening

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Hampton Court Palace Show

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Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

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I have my first courgette!

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Push mowers

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