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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Best feed/product

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 09:29

I use chicken pellets as a general fertiliser on everything in Spring. Bonemeal when I'm planting anything new (it's good for root growth).

Tomato fertiliser same as Dove, Liquid seaweed fertiliser on fruit and most other things in pots, liquid  Rose fertiliser on the one rose I have plus the Clematis and Honeysuckle.

Liquid Ericaceous fertiliser on acid loving plants and Blueberries.

Spring and Autumn I'll mulch with my garden compost.


Akebia quinata - thanks

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 04:50

Last year I asked for suggestions for a climbing plant for an east-facing wall. The above was suggested, but I can't remember who by. I planted it a few weeks ago along with Clematis alpina Albiflora, and Clematis macropetala Wesselton.

Anyway thank you. It's romping away, and the Clematis are coming along nicely too!

Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 04:36

I have 2 cats (after taking in a stray cat which turned out to be pregnant). I provide toilet facilities in both house and garden, but have still seen the youngest using a flower bed in my next door neighbour's garden when it's been weeded.

I'm the only resident in my neighbourhood who grows fruit and veg so I don't feel too guilty. Plus I've always kept them in at night, and I think this is why they generally stay in the vicinity of my garden.

Cows in garden

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:46

I'd go with Dave's suggestion of asking him for his insurance details. Better to shock the farmer than the cows


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:32

If the stems haven't broken you might find they actually perk up again. A couple of weeks ago most of mine were flattened by the wind. A couple of days later they were fine

Pansies all wilting :-(

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:09

I have pansies in a pot. As Dave says, they do react very quickly to lack of water. They also react very quickly to being watered and will perk back up in a few hours


Posted: 19/06/2014 at 22:04

How badly are they flattened? Personally I remove the flowers anyway as they take energy from the tubers. I wouldn't have thought it would cause much damage. Have a furtle round in the soil and see how they're going. If they're a decent size I'd be tempted to leave them be

Cows in garden

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:59

Well we've had badgers, moles, mice, rats. I think cows are a first! I agree with Fairygirl, if the wall is the farmer's he needs to take responsibility and make it secure. Don't move from some of the world's best views Ian!

How long does it take you?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:52

See not only do I know Latin names I'm also psychic! Sorry it was late at night... or was it early morning? Anyway I'd read several posts and got them mixed up. Apologies to both Nut and Dove I agree with whoever it was a few posts ago who said it's about what you're passionate about. I drive a car but other than the seats, steering wheel and tyres I have no idea what the other bits are called.

P.S. this spell checker is American. It's just suggested I change tyres to tires! Hummphh 

what is this tree?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 21:37

I'm assuming there should be a photo?

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