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Latest posts by sthlndngrower

Grease bands for new cherry trees?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:31

Hello Bob,

thats really helpful, many thanks.


Grease bands for new cherry trees?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:55

I've recently planted two year old (approx 5 ft tall) cherry trees on my allotment. I am planning on fan training them, so won't be getting any/ much fruit for a few years. Should I put grease bands on them?

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' problems

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 17:46

i bought one of these about 4 or 5 months ago and had the same problem. i underestimated how hot & dry it has been, and how little rain we've had (until the past week). some good regular watering has picked it up and it has put on new growth. i see yours is in a pot, I suspect it's been drying out.

Bargain shrubs

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 06:23

i love a bargain plant... have a couple of clematis i got for £1 or so each... now with a bit of TLC flowering well for their size. have stocked most of what once was a jungle of a shared (i.e. no one gives a hoot about) garden. hibiscus and raspberries from lidl for a few pounds each, lots of discounted shrubs and perennials from garden sections of well known DIY stores.


Chelsea Chop

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:48

i had  very sad and floppy sedum a year or two ago... divided, and now have 6 or 7 vigorous sedums!

geranium seem to respond really well to Chelsea/ june/ even early July chop!

i hate flies!

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 20:21

My pet hate about spring & summer, is the number of small flies around the house. fruit flies in the kitchen, others in the sitting room, dropping in for a swim in my wine.... hate them. 

i bought a pack of plug-in blue light things, quite cheap from a well known DIY store- they are totally useless! what I wonder is what really works? i do try and keep fruit in the fridge, keep things that are out covered etc. But these pesky flies drive me crazy. 

do carnivorous plants actually work, or would i have to have enough to turn my home into a jungle for them to be effective?

the blue light thing... i think the plug in things i have are just lights with a bit of blue plastic, whereas i think what professional kitchens and butcher shops tend to have is something more than this... not sure what.

GWers- what's your best defense against small flies around wine glasses and in the kitchen?

swarms of flies in compost

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:55

thank you both for your advice, much appreciated!

swarms of flies in compost

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 12:14


i have recently been lucky to be able to collect a large amount of food waste (fruit & veg, often quite  lot of bananas/ banana skins) for the composter on my allotment. I'm sure i will have lots of lovely compost before too long, however when i lift the lid to add more, i am plagued by a huge number of flies, swarms! I'm sure they're just fruit flies or similar, but it is very unpleasant.

my guess is i need to add more brown waste, cardboard/ newspaper, twiggy cuttings will this be sufficient or is there something else i should do? i shall i just tolerate and count my blessings when i have heaps of lovely rich compost?

i have been composting for years and do understand the principles, haven't had this prob before so realise it must be a consequence of the fruit waste. expert advice from you lovely GWers gratefully received. 

Suggestions for white late summer flowers

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:44

Wonderful suggestions, thank you all very much!

Suggestions for white late summer flowers

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:34

My garden is predominantly white/ pale colours, early in the season I have lots of white lupins, geraniums, foxgloves and usually delphiniums but they haven't come up this year. I've also recently added a white verbascum, nicotiana and cosmos. However, from about now to the end of the season it's lacking.... All the flowers I love have finished Apart from a white hydrangea and a few cosmos & nicotiana.

do you fellow Gardeners have any suggestions for white flowers that are in flower from July through to august / September?

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