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Ritchard Freeman

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small black spiders...

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 23:25

I've seen loads today. about 1cm big, all sunbathing. You don't notice them until you go near them, and then the path seems to move, as they all run away?

Overgrown Ivy on House

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:54

The green ivy in the side of my newly bought (last year)  house is getting out of control.

Last year I cut back, almost to the wall, what I could reach, and to my surprise it grew back all variegated, lovely I thought.

Now for the rest?

I want to take it off the wall totally (above where I can reach) and let it re-grow. flat & variegated.

This will involve scaffolding etc...

But I think there might be birds nesting in the higher, sticking out 3', green, ivy.

I want the Ivy gone, I'll do it carefully, by hand (not machine) but ...

What if I find a nest? What do I do?




irises changing colour

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 22:52

Are you sure they are the same plants? Have you checked the rhizomes. They could be seedlings, mixed in with the originals. Just a thought.

Advice with a planter

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 22:47

I'll third that. Are you planning on planting the wall too?

Border planting plans

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 22:42

Try one question at a time. I'm sure there's lots of answers here for you. Firstly, Now's a good time to move perennials, can you take some of yours with you?

Peas in the Gutter

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 23:10

Thanks, might try both options, got to give gutters a go!

Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 22:22

Started mowing and weedkilling. in March!

Almost planted the new Rose border.

Potted up sprouts.

Watched the ladybirds wakeup.

Watered and fed the move 'in the green' Snowdrops

Well please with results of last springs harsh pruning of flowering currant and forsythia. now flowering beautifully.



Peas in the Gutter

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 22:14

I've read that one good way to start off your pea crop is to sow them in some guttering in the greenhouse, then put the rooted run into the garden. Has anyone tried this? Successfully?

Problems with Cauliflowers!

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 22:09

Well. I've sown all my early brassicas, all in the same seed compost and in the same climate (in the greenhouse) . Broccoli, sprouts, cabbage all doing well, even potted some up. But Cauliflower 'Snowball' a disaster! few germinated, even fewer survived?, none showing second leaves yet.  Any thoughts welcome.


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 22:40

Seems more evenly chewed than roughly pecked? And only a few at a time. Near-by blooms un touched?

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Discussions started by Ritchard Freeman

Overgrown Ivy on House

...but there might be birds nesting in it? 
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Last Post: 31/03/2014 at 09:27

Peas in the Gutter

Propagation method 
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Last Post: 17/03/2014 at 10:22

Problems with Cauliflowers!

Cauliflowers not growing well? 
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Last Post: 17/03/2014 at 08:59


What happens to snowdrop flowers when they fade?  
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Last Post: 01/03/2014 at 23:50

can you make a free hedge?

quick growing hedge from cuttings 
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Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 13:58
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