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Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:07

Oooh, there's lots of blue tits here. will do as you say. ta dove.


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:01

Just found my new (planted bare root over winter) roses covered in aphids.  They've been doing really well so keen to get rid.  What do you recommend? I'd prefer to just encourage ladybirds but infestation looks too big.  Is there chemicals that are less damaging to ladybirds? Im thinking if kill ladybirds too, I'll have a longer term problem.  How well does the soapy stuff work? Could it keep aphids at bay until so can find some ladybirds? Grateful for views....


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:33

The sweets? Yep. the programme? Nope.

Raised beds

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 06:31

Hi dove,  yes been there, but not for a while. Last time I put my son on the low trolley (he wasn't walking then) and they told me they couldn't find the price tag..... Had forgotten that! Thanks for bringing back that memory!

think have decided to use (new) sleepers but leave it for a project later in the year.  will still keep an eye out in he meantime though.

Pruning a magnolia?

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:37

I thought magnolias didn't flower until 5year+ old.  So you may have to hang on in there, whether ground or pot.

What's eating my clematis?

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:31

Hi Panda,

mine's looking a bit better this weekend. How's yours doing? Any improvement?

Plant ID please

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:30

Thanks, Mike, Thanks, Shadoweaver. Actually you've jogged some memories. An orangey pinky red flower I think.  Quite excited to see if puff out without being crowed out.  We 'll see what comes. 

Unknown Plant

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:11

Contact the council and asked for the department that deals with invasive weeds. I discovered JK in my garden last year. My council put my mind at rest, told me what to do, and came and treated it towards at the end of summer ( for a charge).

Steep Slope/Bank

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 20:37

Personally I don't like that fabric stuff.  I have a similar steep bank ( although not as long as yours) and have bark on it fine, so I suspect it's the fabric thats making it slide.    Mine's recently planted and so lots of gaps too, but I'm not having much trouble keeping it clear of weeds- I get a few but a wiggle with the hoe does the job.

So, I'd remove the fabric and put the bark back directly on the soil.  Were there weeds underneath? If so, you'll have to get rid prior to barking. Or perhaps put up with it for a bit longer and hope the darkness under the fabric kills them off.

Geraniums are good call - they're my go to plant for ground cover! One of the helpers in my grounds elder battle....

Bit of Fun,/Brain-tease

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 20:24

Just looked it up - it's a type of sugar made from corn by bacteria ie fermentation.  My mum is corn intolerant, and it's on her list of additives to avoid - now I know why.

Discussions started by Supernoodle

Apple tree against a wall

Any reason I can't.... 
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Wooden Pergola

Advice for choosing climbers 
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If not on a wall? 
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Plant ID please

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Raised beds

Materials/ manufacturers 
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Hot composters

Any good? 
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Does standing tap water get closer to rainwater? 
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How late in autumn? 
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How did I kill my Calluna?

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Tomatoes from seed - potting on

Can I got straight to final pot? 
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My crab apple has become an apple....

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