Thomas Wilkinson2

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Slug Pubs

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 13:50

cheers early riser, I have thought of getting a couple of feeders or bird tables or the like to try and encourage some birds. That will be my next step I think. All the lawn is supposed to be getting dug over and re-seeded soon too which should clear some patches of long grass that they hide in, I'll leave some for wildlife though.. but this has made me avoid putting things like bird tables and I bought an arch to grow some climbers up which I havent been able to put up yet... hopefully it will get done soon and the proper gardening can begin! 

Slug Pubs

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 13:25

Hi all, 

I have recently decided that I am losing the battle against the slugs - they have chomped pretty much everything I have planted this year. I do hate killing things and have been just trying to move them so far, but that doesnt do much... So I decided to put a few beer traps down seeing as they wont harm other wildlife (is that true?). My question is how often do I need to change the beer? is any beer in particular better than others? Can I put the slugs who have "Drowned their sorrows" on the compost heap? and how many slug pubs should I use? how deep does the beer need to be and how big does the container need to be? I've put 4 down at the moment in various containers - a nutella jar, half a pepsi can, a yoghurt pot and a plant pot which doesnt have drainage holes. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 

I'd also like to take the time to apologise to all slugs... I'm sorry - but you keep ruining my day! 


seed sowing for next year

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 13:26

I've started off some foxgloves, various poppies, some larkspurs and some wildflowers. Probably a few other things too. I've been taking cuttings from a "Tom Thumb" fuscia too which pretty much all came good. pretty pleased! 


Posted: 01/08/2014 at 13:23

mine are currently releasing seeds too. I took that as a sign that I could plant them now. just using the logic of if nature thinks its right - it probably is ok.. 

Poppy seed head

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 23:35

You never know, just because they have not come back yet, they may still. The seeds can lie dormant for a long time. think of the fields of flanders. when you disturb the soil there, some seed may germinate at some point. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! 

My first design - advice? criticism? recommended plants?

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 23:04

 Thats another sketch - explains a little better. You pretty much hit the nail on the head. Its just me and my girlfriend, we both work and will mainly be using it after work. So I put the seats and table in the top right (yes west facing I think - I'm not very good at putting directions into words) I do also like to sit out there in the morning before work if I get the chance, but I dont mind sitting on the step. I'm mainly interested in growing flowers - I particularly like things that self seed and go a bit mad. so at the moment i'm going for foxgloves, nasturtiums, poppies, some sunflowers that self seeded in a pot I had, I have some harebells that look quite nice with the foxgloves, and some lilies in pots. Oh there are quite a lot of aquilegia self seeding all over the garden already so i guess i'll include them too. There are a few nettles knocking about in the corners which I dont mind too much - since I heard they are good for butterflies and bees and such. I'd quite like some buddleia (dont know how to spell that one) at some point too, but thats another bridge to cross. 

The big green blob in the top left are some bushes that I think are the boundary to next door's garden, the brown patch next to that I would quite like to try growing something like carrots - just a little bit of veg to give it a go really. I'd like to put some climbers around the fences on trellis or something, maybe a fan trained tree at some point if i'm feeling brave haha. the rest are just pretty much flower boarders. 

the grey bit at the bottom of both is like a raised concrete patio thing i guess. maybe its there in the second photo. 

I am loving the house so far thanks! it still hasn't really sunk in! 

Maintenance wise, i dont mind if it takes a fair bit of looking after, The more excuses I have to spend time out there the better really haha! 


My first design - advice? criticism? recommended plants?

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 22:19

I forgot to add these photos of what the garden actually looks like - rather than my somewhat slapdash doodles... 



My first design - advice? criticism? recommended plants?

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 22:04

Hello all,

I have just moved into a new house, which has a garden! Yay! I am no longer confined to plants in pots! 

I have (very quickly) painted up a little design for the garden which the landlord has asked what sort of thing would I be after since they were going to do up the garden anyway. I have just tried to get my vague ideas out of my head, 

 I hope you can see them ok - they looked better before I put them there.... 

The one on the left shows how it is now roughly, and the one on the right is my idea. the top right corner is the place that gets the sun until latest in the day.(so I guess since it rises in the top right corner roughly, that is roughly east)

I dont have much money to throw at this project but hey - thats part of the fun. 

any recommendations or comments would be greatly appreciated. 

This is the first garden I have ever had, and first house I have lived in that has one. So I must confess, I hardly know what i'm doing. I'm pretty sure the soil is not great - mostly clay, but I'll sort that when the time comes I suppose. 



Talkback: Nettles, caterpillars and butterflies

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 11:17

There is a massive swarm of black caterpillars just outside where ~I work. I will have to get a photo and find out what they are. I also saw a slug munching away on a poppy i'd not long planted.. But I didnt have the heart to stop it! after all its just a little thing trying to get by like me! Probably too much of a softie for my own good...

breeze block wall

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 13:33

Those look fab Lizzie. especially if that photo on the sign is what it looked like before! I got £50 of gardening vouchers for my birthday at the beginning of the month so was planning on using that to cover the back wall / fence. some trellis and some climbers should do the trick - i'll have a look at the garden centres to see if there are any of the types you guys have suggested. Thanks for the advice and inspiration all!

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