London (change)
Today 14°C / 8°C
Tomorrow 19°C / 10°C

SFord


Latest posts by SFord

Thoughts on Nesting Boxes

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:11

I would love to have nesting boxes of some description.  Having had two cats (including a very proficient hunter) I have not been able to in the past.  However, we lost our 'hunter' last year and I thought it would be a good time to get some boxes (our remaining cat is very old and only has three teeth so unlikely to do any damage to baby birds!).  Unfortunately our neighbours two doors up now have a young tom who loves our garden (and wildlife in it) so no nesting boxes for the moment!

Slugs

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 16:02

I use nematodes - yes, they are a bit pricey but I use them just twice between spring (when its warm enough) and autumn.  They are effective.  I also occasionally use the odd sprinkling of organic pellets around new seedlings or valuable plants 'just in case'.  Useage of nematodes does cut down numbers.  I keep meaning to do the night patrols with a sharp pair of scissors (or a bucket of strong salt water) but never get around to it!

Free offers and discounts

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:21

I have taken up the free offers and not had any problem with delivery or quality of plants.  However I do find it difficult to keep track of what I have ordered from what supplier and when it should be delivered so I have now stuck a list to the fridge door of what I have ordered from whom and when it should be arriving so I can chase it up when it doesnt arrive.  Thats the problem with ordering things a number of months in advance!

Talkback: How to grow leeks from seed

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:17

I always grow mine in modules and wait until they are a few inches tall before dibbing a deep hole and popping them in (watering only, not filling in with earth

Animal rescue...

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:14

Not as impressive as a deer I'm afraid but last year I had some very wet bumble bees who were groggy and bedragled - put them under some shelter with a tiny bit of sugar water - it soon perked them up.

Looking for flowers to 'fill in' a border

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 15:12

hi Chris 7 - how about Cosmos (the white version) - you could grow from seed or buy small plants from the garden centre.  They should flower well into the autumn

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 09:06

I agree with you about the cost of garden seating.  It was my 40th last year and anyone who asked about what I would like as a present was told National Garden Vouchers.  I have enough to look at a nice bench now.  My cafe table and chairs were a christmas present from my mum in a lovely powder blue colour.  They sit outside our conservatory and (as mentioned above) catch the evening sun in the summer.  I have let next door's honeysuckle grow over our fence and through our forsythia so it smells lovely in the evening.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 13:54

After seeing (and smelling) David Austin's Gertrude Jekyll in a neighbour's garden, I have planted my own bare root last year.  Its already got loads of shoots on it and I plan to train it up a fence.  Its a gorgous deep pink/cerise and smells devine.  I plan to grow a purple or cream clematis through it once established.

Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 10:24

Hi Glynbin - I have one in the garden and cut bits off as and when needed - I dont tend to do this in the winter but any other time of the year doesnt seem to affect it negatively.  Its fairly tough!

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 10:13

I have a smallish garden but a couple of seating areas:  An east facing bench which is ideal for an early morning cuppa (weather permitting).  Am currently growing a scented rose against the fence behind (David Austin's Gertrude Jekyll), a small decked area with a chair where the hubby sunbathes (if there are not too many pots on there) and a small metal cafe table and two chairs facing west to catch the evening sun (ideal for a glass of something cold!). 

The cat has also sussed the route around the garden to follow the sun.  Spring is definately on its way as she has been out in the garden just for a wander TWICE over the weekend! - shes a cat that really dislikes the wet and cold (well, she is about 17).

Discussions started by SFord

Dream Potting Shed

What would you include? 
Replies: 21    Views: 933
Last Post: 08/09/2013 at 19:13

Talkback: Carnivorous plant pot display

I bought a carniverous plant (trumpet pitcher) as an 'experiment' earlier this year and keep it in my conservatory. It obviously loves wher... 
Replies: 0    Views: 223
Last Post: 20/01/2012 at 10:08
2 threads returned