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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

No flowers on Clematis.

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 23:30

You don't say what aspect they are. I had 2 - Warszawska Nike and Etoille Violette growing up either side of a shrub. The Nike always flowered well on the south facing side of the shrub, while Violette didn't flower at all. Last year I lost the shrub after 2 severe winters, so put up a wigwam and grew them up that. Violette is now flowering equally well and has been so since May. Photo attached


Building a Compost Heap

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 22:55

 I have 3 plastic bins but they're rigid and quite thick, and my compost is pretty good. However, while in theory your idea sounds good I would think if you have anything twiggy, or strong stems it's likely to break through the plastic. It would also be quite difficult to turn it with a fork as you're likely to rip the plastic. I don't think generally that the wooden types shown on your link require lining. The heat generally builds up through decomposition. I would think it's better to cover the top - plastic or old carpet to stop it getting too wet and help keep it warm

Beans not germinating/being eaten

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 22:43

I've twice planted 6 of each - climbing bean and dwarf french bean - in the propogator on the windowsill. Two of  each have germinated, but since I've planted them out they've been rubbish. Same with Sugar Snap peas. Too cold, too wet

whats eating my runner bean leaves

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 22:24

This year, as well as using garlic wash on my Hostas I've used it on other stuff which slugs/snails like beans, dahlias etc. They're not perfect but better than they've been before - as I don't use slug pellets


Where have all the birds gone?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 22:17

I agree with Charlie. I don't think there are fewer birds in my garden but the feeders aren't going down that quick. They don't usually at this time of year. There's a lot to pick from in the garden.Regards drinking, I'm pretty sure I've seen fledgings in the bird bath. Must keep a note of first sighting!


Push mowers

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 21:59

Thank you Raggy. The headache thing is part of my wicked plan. Hopefully once my neighbour's hear mine they'll all buy one and my precious Sunday morning  lie-in will be sweeter

slug pellets

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 23:22

Garlic Wash. Works wonderfully!

Apple Tree does not bear fruit

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 23:20

Frost may be the problem, but also if your boundary fence is fairly solid then the prevailing wind may be creating a vortex affect over the top. I have 4 apple cordons which grow in front of my hedge. The hedge breaks up the wind, and gives shelter from the frost. They're all fruiting exceptionally well this year!

Lady birds

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 23:04

I don't think I've seen so many for years as I've seen in my garden this year. I'm in Derbyshire and also garden organically. 

What do you think of this combination?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 22:56

My south facing front garden ranges from pink through red, purple and black. I've tried to grow mainly insect-friendly plants. Verbena bonariensis is a must for me. Other top insect attractors in my garden are: Sedum spectabile, Knautia Macedonia, Escallonia, Foxgloves, Alliums - I have several and all attract insects - Lavendar, Monarda, Dahlias, Achilleas, Hemoracillis, Ceanothus. I've also found Oregano/Marjoram is a bistro for bees and hoverflies.

Sarah Raven has a page on plants for pollinating insects which is useful


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