Latest posts by saltski

Talkback: How to build a raised bed

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 13:08
This is great advice as this is exactly what I intend to do in my garden, two curved raised beds for vegetable growing. I was wondering how to produce the curve and now I know, place the blocks end on!


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:51

Thanks for the heads-up anyway, I have seven Heucherras at the moment which are going to be arranged in a nice ornamental fassion in the spring when they're over their winter ordeal, and another in a hanging basket permanently by my front door. I love the mix of colours that can be achieved and they're very hardy.

Note the picture was taken when I potted them up last year, they're a little less bright now following the snow.


Garden Problem Area

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:28

Thanks for the info Verdun, I have considered ferns before but not invested in any. I have two Japanese Maples that are growing, albeit slowly, but it'll be a while before they're big. I think one of the biggest problems I've had is that I've tried to grow from small plants that are just not well established when they're planted out and don't react very well to the environment, maybe I should try some larger plants (though this costs more and therefore will be a bigger loss if they then fail).

For reference this is the area of the garden, the trellis is north facing with winder jasmin growing on it. This was taken last summer when I have just planted a few things, now all dead except the Heucherras. Also is now covered with creeping geranium type weed.


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:18

What's a vine weevil and how do I spot them? I have a lot of Heucherras as I really like them so would like to be careful of them. Is there anything I can do as a preventative?

Garden Achievement

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:16

My soft fruit cage is my biggest achievement, so far, I got a handful of fruit from the newly planted bushes last year and this year they're laden with buds so far.


Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:13
Mummy Muddy Paws wrote (see)

Saltski, we had the same problem at a student house I shared at Uni.  I was OK as I was in an upstairs room, my mate wasn't so lucky.  We put pellets down around the outside of the house, and a few by the back door on the inside.  We used a strong salt solution and shoved that down the sink every couple of weeks, too, in case they were getting in that way.  It didn't solve the problem completely, but it did cut it down A LOT.

If you can find out where the blighters are getting in (we think it was under our back door, as it didn't fit very well), then concentrate on that area.  I've also heard they don't like  black bitumenous paint, so you could try painting some of that on the floor next to the house (unless it would look awful, we have a tarmac drive, so it wouldn't notice - not that you'd need it as tarmac has bitumen in it already).  I used to have one or two come into the kitchen every year, until I put a magic mat down by the back door (more for my dogs' muddy paws more than anything else), since that's been down I haven't seen any.  I think the going across the fabric bit is too much like hard work!

I might try the fabric. The problem I have I THINK is thast they're living/hatching under the floor as it's probably dirt as the house is 80 years old, then they crawl up the internal walls and come up through the gap between the laminate floor and door frames/skirting etc. I have sealed where possible but they still get through!

I might try the bitumen paint and paint it on the damp proof course, I have been meaning to do something like this because I have seen houses that are rendered like mine with the dark paint on the DPC and they look very neat. I was sucessful with salt at the extremities like doors etc, but am limited with a 1yr old who is learning to walk.


Posted: 05/03/2013 at 14:04

I would like to stop them coming into my house at night.

Garden Problem Area

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 14:02

Thanks for the link Busy-Lizzie, I have a couple of the species listed (Japanese Maple) though this is only very small at the moment (just 8" tall with no leaves following the winter). When the better weather comes I will assess the damage and see what still lives, it may be that the only survivors are my Heucherras (which are also tollerant), in which case I will replant with those listed below.

Reference for myself and any other viewers, from the above link:

Arborvitae, catalpa, clematis, crabapple, daphne, euonymous, forsythias, hawthorn, hemlock, hickory, honeysuckle, junipers, black locust, Japanese maple, pachysandra, pawpaw, persimmon, redbud, rose of Sharon, wild rose, viburnum or Virginia creeper.

Pruning Raspberrys Help Please

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 15:04

obelixx - If my stems already have buds on them should I cut them? I'm not sure if the buds are new or whether they have been there a while, with the snow I've not been to look that regularly. I'm concerned that I'll cut now and get nothing at all in either summer or autumn.

Garden Problem Area

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 09:40

Hi, I have a problem area in my garden, it is at the bottom of the garden, in shade most of the time. There is also a well established Walnut tree growing there. My problem is that nothing seems to gro there very well, except for weeds (geranium type and some sort of creeping low ground level sticky weed), most things I have tried to grow there fail or get eaten by wild rabits. However I have two Heucherras which grow wuite well (though looking sorry for themselves at the moments after the snow) and I have five more in pots waiting to be strong enought to plant out.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I could grow in this shady spot. The soil is not the best and someone in the past seems to have dumped coal into it (unless I have my own seam in the garden) so it may help to improve it with some compost or organic fertiliser. I do plan to put my five new Heucheras in there too in a landscaped pattern with some raised higher than the others. I am also trying to grow to Japanese Maples however they're little more than twigs at the moment and another favorite of the rabits (they're surrounded by pots at the moment to keep them away) and I have new Winter Jasmine plants growing up a trellis on the back fence (if the nettles in the adjacent field allow them).

If anyone has any suggestions of how to beautify this shady area please let me know. I can put a couple of pictures up if it helps.


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