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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.

Favourite Gardening Books

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 10:45

I have books about Beth Chatto's Gardens, she has a beautiful place if you have not been Arthur, I live not far from it and have been many times, always something new to see each season and only £5 to get in, which is good compared to some.

Help with identifying this rapidly growing plant

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 16:34

Just looked at your picture of old stems, they look like my old stems on my Honeysuckle L.periclymenum, but leaves are smaller on mine.

Help with identifying this rapidly growing plant

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 16:30

I wondered whether is was a Passion Flower!!!

Favourite Gardening Books

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 16:24

The best books I first bought were Dr D.G. Hessayon which were very good, and you cannot beat Alan Titchmarsh.

Talkback: Ant attack

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 16:22

I have had ants in my compost bin every year, I emailed a gardening magazine, they said to leave them as they will help with the compost breaking down, and when you tip the compost out they will disappear, and that is exactly what happens every year.  I also get them in the greenhouse as I have slaps in mine, I just put power in the gaps and just put up with them, my pots are outside from the spring so they do not do too much damage.  Slugs are going to get it this year as well but I have frogs in my garden so they do most of the work of getting rid.

Talkback: Hedgehogs and foxes

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 16:16

I always had hedgehogs in my garden every year from the old allotments out the back, I got a hedgehog box and one lived in it one winter.  I used to leave out a dish of crushed peanuts, dried mealworms and raisins, that attracted the slugs at night, gave an extra feed for the hedgehogs.  Sadly one of the houses out the back next to the allotments put a six foot fence round her garden and now no hedgehogs can get through.  Sad about that.

Fruit for amatures

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 16:12

I have redcurrants, but net them or else the birds will get there before you early morning.  I also have blackcurrants which do well, strawberries which do well and they have plenty of runners each year, so you can replace old plants. The best ever are thornless blackberries if you like them, normally get about 10 pounds from mine most years, except last year weather too wet and not enough sun, the fruit was bad.

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