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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Cats fouling our garden

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:27

Long range water gun. You can squirt without them seeing you. Works a treat! 

Creating a lawn on a rubble full and weed infested front garden.

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:24

I think you'd be in danger of bits of metal flying off the rotivator, they're generally meant to turn over soil (unless anyone knows of a super industrial type). I'd personally stick to the pick axe and focus on the exercise element of using it

The cow manure would be best left to rot down, or if you have a compost bin put it in there and let the worms mix it up with the rest.

If you've only got subsoil you'll need some top soil before you can seed it. The rotted manure would help as a soil improver and add some nutrients, but it won't much transform the subsoil into a good medium for seed. Even if you bought turf, it still needs laying on a decent bed of top soil


How long does it take you?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:10

I agree with Dove. I suppose it's years of reading gardening books, listening to GQT and watching Gardeners World, but I find Latin names easier to remember than the myriad of common names which differ depending where in the country - or world - you are. 


Posted: 18/06/2014 at 23:01

Garlic spray has worked in previous years, but this one has been so wet it's just been slug nirvana



Posted: 18/06/2014 at 06:36

I'm thinking of resorting to Nematodes after seeing how well they've worked on a friend's slug population while my population has exploded this year


What to do with rhubarb?

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 06:30

I need to replenish my rhubarb stock. What's your favourite variety? Not Timperely Early as that's the one I'm replacing.

Regards how to use it, my favourite as a child (and still is) was an eggcup full of sugar and a raw stick of rhubarb. I also gave this to my kids, which they loved and still remember, except they confessed recently that when I wasn't looking they used to refill the eggcup of sugar

Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 16:02

I'd soak it REALLY well and leave it overnight before you tackle getting it out of the pot. That will make it more pliable to work with and less likely damage the pot. Though in my experience once a pot is cracked and open to the British weather - frost, snow, ice, rain, heat - even epoxy resin will just delay the inevitable. I just use a hammer


Dilemma - Corkscrew Hazel

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 08:19

I'd invest in a new pot. As the owner of a 12 yrs old Fatsia that's always been kept in a pot and has been re-potted 3 times I can say from personal experience that they're tough old buggers.

I re-potted it again a few weeks ago. When I took it out of the old pot it was all root and very little soil. As it was in a square pot and I (stupidly) bought a new round pot I had to prune the roots really severely. I kept thinking "You're not going to survive this". I mixed some bonemeal with the new compost, and watered it in well. 

Obviously the tough old bugger is also a determined one as it's defied my lack of faith and is producing new leaves, looks glossier than ever and is set to outgrow this pot too!


whats eating my runner bean leaves

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 08:26

You have to give them 10 out of 10 for perseverance. How long would it take to get UP the pear tree in the first place 

whats eating my runner bean leaves

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:58

Last night I watched a slug chomping the top of one of my broad beans. It chomped through the top 3" of stem..... .. TIMBER! 

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