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Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:53

chilli/ pepper etc will blow or get rained off fairly quickly.

used tea bags, sprayed with deep heat/ other pain relief muscle spray scattered around the area will deter cats and last longer as the spray is oil based.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW2tZUG8cpQ

Broom and snails

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:46

Hi,

i have a broom (Cytisus Hollandia)plant in my west facing garden.This will be it's 3rd year, the first it flowered well, the second not at all. yesterday i noticed small, developing flowers, today nothing but 12 snails all over it!

Is broom particularly susceptible to snail damage? I've never seen a plant so covered in snails- not even a hosta! could this explain why it didn't flower last year?

Apricot bush - when and where to plant

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 07:25

thank you

Apricot bush - when and where to plant

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 21:07

oooh yum, you've got me thinking. if planting a youngish one, say in a 3-5l pot, how long before one could expect fruit (extreme weather conditions aside) in the south of UK?

 

reduced plants at b and q

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 20:50

half my garden has been filled with B&Q bargains including some nice shrubs which have really filled out. occasionally i do see something reduced with no sings of life, but I've done well with the ones I've bought, as long as there's some sign of life, it's worth getting it and with a little TLC it'll soon be on its way.

I've also had trays of primroses (6 or more) for 30p, so if one or two don't make it, it's hardly a problem. last autumn i got a poorly looking clematis for 99p which has since perked up. Love B&Q! 

Raised beds

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 16:28

really useful thread, just pinnging so i can find it again later.

Rose ID

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 11:39

Hi,

would it be worth contacting David Austen themselves? they may have a record of your order or at least be better able to ID it.

I just logged into my crocus account and can see all past orders which is useful because I also mislay plant labels and often forget what i've planted esp. when they're dormant.

Bay tree close to house...

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 14:17

i had a large bay in my garden, very close to the house. it was a lovely shape and i tried to keep it in check, but over several years it got way beyond me being able to do this- 30ft +.

In the end i had it cut down, and now regret it, I would if given the choice, try and keep it in check, but be aware it's something you'd need to keep on top of.

composting packaging- green wotsits?

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 14:12

Many thanks fro all your suggestions- great idea to use to insulate around pots.

I've done a bit of investigating, they're biodegradable eco loose fill peanuts, either vegetable starch or paper based.

composting packaging- green wotsits?

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 16:36

Hi,

doing some Christmas shopping online and some items have arrives in a box cushioned in light green foamy things that look a bit like the corn snack wotsits.

I'm not sure what these are made, but just wondered if anyone knows the things I mean and whether or not they can go in the compost?

PS-I will try calling the company it came from on Monday to see if they know, but in the meantime thought it'd be worthwhile throwing the question to you knowledgeable folks here.

Discussions started by sthlndngrower

Suggestions for white late summer flowers

Suggestions for white late summer flowers 
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new flower spikes on verbascum?

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home grown raspberries ready to eat

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Broom and snails

is broom susceptible to snail damage 
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composting packaging- green wotsits?

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fruit cage advice please

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Bookmarking threads

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Planting garlic

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Sunflower seed heads for bird feed

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what to start now for autumn & winter cut flowers

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bargain seed potatoes

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to pinch out or not

which plants need pinching out apart from sweet pea? 
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