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Talkback: New year gardening resolutions

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 19:25
To finally get my pond, decking and garden arbour seat put together in the back garden. Take out hedge in front garden and put picket fencing up. When I get the time, roll on spring!!

New to gardening and no idea where to start

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 18:19

I had to start mine 13yrs ago, still not finished as it takes time and money.  I used the library and internet for inspiration.  I also sat in my garden and just looked to see what I could do with it, as I have four different sections.  You can get a lot out of just sitting and trying to imagine what you want and what would look great where.  To save money buy seeds from Ebay and try and grow your own,  take cutting from friends and family's plants.  Good luck with what you are going to do, but the main thing is look at it as a joy of something to come, not as a chore.  I never liked gardening before I did mine, now cannot get enough, helps with stress and you can watch it develop as you go, do not be in a hurry.


Posted: 05/12/2013 at 18:30

In all the years I have been shopping with J. Parker, I can honestly say I have never had a problem, one of the lucky ones.

Talkback: Zebra spider

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 17:14

I used to hate spiders until I started gardening, don't like them in the house but put them outside.  I have the zebra spiders in the house, do make me feel cold as they jump but put them outside when I can catch them.  They don't do any harm, but think it is because they jump that people don't like them.  I hate daddy long legs, I'm afraid I woop them as they make my skin crawl, have had a load of small ones coming indoors at night at the moment.

Talkback: Clover in lawns

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 17:09

I have clover in mine, love seeing the bees feeding from it, also my rabbit loves eating it when in his run on the grass.  I also encourage dandelions as my rabbit loves the leaves, keeps them all happy.


Wild flowers not now mowed down

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 19:57

Congratulations on your award, I would love to live in the South of the country.

Slug killer on edibles advice needed

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 19:55

Hi,  I have tried all that, also Olbas Oil on T.Bags, nothing works round here, was looking at battery operated sonic sound, hoping that works.  We have so many cats here, see different one every week, I love cats but not their mess or scratching my veg patch.  I have two containers of chilli powder, thought it might make them sneeze, but to no avail, made of stronger stuff in Braintree, Essex. Thanks.

Wild flowers not now mowed down

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 18:22

Braintree and Chelmsford  in Essex, Council have left the verges as they have oxeye daises, and any other wild flowers they mow around them, which is good.

Slug killer on edibles advice needed

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 18:19

I have given up with pellets, this year I have put beer into plant trays to see what happens.  Put some in the greenhouse yesterday as the slugs and snails have eaten parts of my cucmbers and peppers, I am sure the little devils still had my peppers last night, I will have to wait and see.  Trying to garden without chemicals which I have done for many years, mostly successful.

Any ideas how to stop cats scratching my veg patch?.  I have netted my plants, but they messed on the top of it, this year scratched all my carrot seeds.

Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 11:01

I grow Geraniums from seed as I collect them, sorry to say mine have always been the colour stated.  I have never seen one be one colour then change later on.  Perhaps the seeds were put in the wrong packet.  Perhaps you have grown a new variety!!!! You never know.

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