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Rain

Posted: Yesterday at 09:30

I've watered with the hose as well and am keeping the little bit of water left in my water butts for the plants that need rainwater. The rain forecast seems to keep slipping further away. I expect it will arrive by next week thought as it looks as if my landscaping contractors will finish in my vegetable garden area by then and I'll want to be out there catching up with all the things I haven't been able to do so it's bound to rain non-stop!

2 for 1 Garden entry

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 18:31

The "Next Month" page of the April issue is trailing the 2 for 1 card so it looks as if we should get them soon.

Daffodils & Tulips

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 12:43

Squirrels love digging up tulip bulbs, not sure about daffodils though. Mice can eat some bulbs too. The autumn before last I planted lots of bulbs and covered the beds with a sort of plastic rigid netting that I happened to have which prevented anything digging them up. It worked very well and I didn't lose any. I didn't bother last year as there were no new bulbs so the soil hadn't been disturbed.

Citrus trees

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 09:14

I keep mine in the greenhouse in the winter and put them out in the summer. They always sulk and lose leaves while they're indoors but look really healthy by the end of summer.

Landscaping quote for planters

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 18:17

Hi emma lou. My daughter was in a similar situation and got a landscape design company to build planters for her garden. She baulked at their quote for planting though and asked me to design it. I created a design for her and we spent a happy couple of hours spending money at the local garden centre. She then went home and planted them (and accidentally locked herself in the garden for more than 4 hours, but that's another story) and immediately moaned to me that everything was too small. This was three weeks ago and now I am getting the opposite complaint that everything is growing too fast so I expect your garden will do exactly the same.

What to Plant-So much choice

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 09:49

Hi Scott, you could see if there are some local gardens you can visit to get some ideas of what you like. Or just look around at what grows well locally and take some pictures which you can post on here for the experts to identify!

Have I killed my bay trees?

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 09:44

I thought my standard bay tree had died in the cold winter weather a few years back. The leaves all went brown and it didn't grow a single new one all the following year. I abandoned it in a forgotten corner and bought myself a new pot of bay from the garden centre, which I split up to create 18 new baby bay trees. Last spring the old bay tree sprang back into life and produced lots of new leaves - so I now have 19 bay trees!

Incidentally, I don't protect them at all in the winter (I'm in Essex). Most are in pots but I also have a couple thriving in the ground.

When does cherry blossom?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 18:20

Mine has just come into flower today (I'm in Essex). My son lives in Korea and he said all the cherry blossom festivals were the first week of April.

best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 14:40

Hi Jpop. Do keep your guinea pigs well away from any rats. We lost all ours to a really nasty parasite which they caught from a rat which had got into the summer house where they were kept. It was years ago though so hopefully there are better treatments available now.

pond worries

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 09:23

What colour are they? I spotted what I thought were leeches in my pond but they turned out to be water snail eggs. (probably just showing my ignorance, I'm afraid!)

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I'm so envious of you all!

One day my vegetable garden will be ready.... 
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Identification Help Please

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Can I eat chervil roots?

Surprise from digging up my salad leaves! 
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ID and help please

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BBQ Fodder?

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Impatiens question

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Growing mistletoe

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Can I prune a juniper bush?

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How can I get frogs to use my pond?

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Putting paper in the compost

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