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Help - Total Beginner

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 11:45

It is a really good idea to get to know the other allotment holders. I have always found most allotmenteers to be very generous with their advice to newcomers. Good Luck.

squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 11:36

It looks like I am in a very small minority, but we encourage squirrels into our garden. Admittedly, if they were chewing the house to bits I might have a different view, but we get hours of enjoyment watching their antics. The cat also really appreciates having these visitors who she regards as playmates, although the feeling is not reciprocated.

Taking a gun to a squirrel does in any case seem a bit extreme. I thought we gardeners were a gentler bunch.

Potato Blight - which potato to grow

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 18:19

I haven't grown it yet myself, but it appears that the new kid on the block for incredible blight resistance is Sarpo Mira. Definitely worth checking out.;

All I want for Christmas is...

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 14:38

Some green fingers please.

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 12:28

Thanks Nigel4ever, I think you have it. I have resorted to Glyphosate weedkiller where it was growing on its own, but where it is appearing in amongst other ground cover, it is a bit more trcky. Spot weedkiller it is.

Thinking of installing a pond

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 09:47

Hi Norm,

If you are looking for low maintentance, I would steer clear of Koi, although at 4 x 6 I assume you were probably not thinking about them anyway. Goldfish are a much more resilient bunch.

Also, you will probably find that the bigger the pond, the easier it is to maintain. Of course you will need bigger filters etc, but in the same way that if gardeners look after the soil, the plants will (sort of) look after themselves, with a pond, if you look after the water, the fish will probably be alright. With larger ponds, you have a bit more time to catch any water problems before they cause problems for the fish.

I have had a pond for many years, but my neighbour gace me a great tip this year which I had never heard. Throw a couple of corks into the pond and it gives the local honey bees a life raft should they ever fall in.

Good Luck if you do decide to go ahead.


Water butts

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 10:34

Thank you Gill. 

I managed to get through the whole of last year being completely water self sufficient in the garden, although to be fair, it was not the most challenging of years with all the rain. Hopefully 2013 will be a bit more normal for all of us gardeners and we will really be able to pit our wits against mother nature!

If you want to check out the next Grow Your Own issue, we are giving away 10 of these in one of their competitions.

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 06:49

Thank you to everyone who has pitched in on this. 

Green Alkanet looks like the closest match for the second image, and I think I am going to have to go with petasites for the first. When I searched google images for petasites I see that these can get really quite big, and this one of mine has never developed leaves bigger than 4-5 inches across. It does however look like it in most other ways, and so thank you nutcutlet for that.

Thanks again for all of your suggestions, at least I now know my enemy!



Plant Identification help please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 16:12

Thanks nutcutlet,

The leaves look really similar, although this one you have found is spikey, and mine are smooth edged. I can't quite remember what the flowers were like, but I don't think they were as nice as these. 

It looks like the right family but not the exact same plant

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 15:35

To be honest nutctlet I am not too sure. As far as I remember they come out on quite long stems from ground level. 

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