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Tim Burr


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Feeding meal worms to my nesting blue tits

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:51

I've often wondered what it must feel like to be a mealworm, lying on my back in a bowl and about to be snapped up by a hungry bird!  

 

Just a word of advice - if you plan to put out dried mealworms instead of live ones, please soak them in water first (overnight) and then drain.  Dried mealworms can dehydrate small chicks.

slug psychology

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 16:36

Have you tried dropping them in water and seeing if they rehydrate and spring back to life? 

Ants nesting in Bay tree pot

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 18:22

If not done so already, stand the pot on something to get it off the ground/patio.  Old bricks will do.  If I leave pots on my patio, the ants bury up from the joins in between the block paving and see the entrance to the pot as a new world to conquer and then inhabit.  Also, if you give the pot a really good soaking that can sometimes be enough to make them move on.  They don't like being waterlogged.

Too much time on my hands

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 16:12

Chutney?

Olive Trees

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:16

My Olive Tree in a pot is looking quite sorry for itself, and I thought it was on the way out, but the other day I dd spot some very early sign of new year buds.  I think the long cold spring has not helped.  I'm hoping it's just complaining but once the weather warms up, it'll sort itself out.

Gardening errors.....

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:13

I've just completely decked my Kerria Japonica to the ground as it was looking a right mess.  Ive now got quite a substantial gap in the border.  Now I'm wondering if I've done the right thing.  Only time will tell, no doubt!  I did read that they are pretty rugged and probably a bit thuggish so I don't think I've killed it! 

 

Anybody got any of their own stories of gardening disasters they wish to share and whether it came out alright in the end, or it was a complete disaster!

 

 

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 17:51

I cut my Red Robin back hard in the autumn.  In the Spring it's thrown out so much new growth I'm sure it is bigger than before I pruned it.  My neighbours don't like it because it blocks out light from their garden, but I do try to keep it trimmed low, However I turn my back on it for five minutes and its re-grown 2 feet.  And yes, I'm forever picking up the leaves that take forever to break down if I leave them on the ground.  The leaves are a great hiding place for slugs if left on the ground.

Flaming Weeds!

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 22:57

Bought one of the best bit of kit in a long time today.  A flaming weed gun! Fantastic.  Turn on gas, ignite and whoosh - obliterating weeds like no tomorrow.  I know I might not kill the roots and they might be back, but to clear a whole path in 5 minutes was great and satisfying.  Wish I had bought one years ago!

Do you have the red lily in Briton/Scotland?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 19:11

At the end of the "wind tunnel" in the back garden I've put a bamboo (robusta) in a large wooden trough, So it doesnt spread.  It gets bashed about a bit, but it lives up to its name and survives the onslaught very well.  I water and feed it copiusly from the water butts and is now over 12 feet tall.  It takes all the force out of the wind.

Lots of details here:

http://www.bamboogarden.com/Fargesia%20robusta.html

 

Do you have the red lily in Briton/Scotland?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 18:56

I've discovered a way of keeping my lilies in pots beetle free for as long as possible, but without using chemicals.  I've done this for the last several years.  I leave my lillies down the side of the house until just before they  bloom.  Not sure if the wind tunnel effect between me and next door stops them from landing on them, or because they just havent seen them yet, but after several weeks of growth, lilies are completely clear.  And I know the Lilly beetles are around because I have caught two on my Crown Imperials, which are only 15 feet away around the corner on the patio!

Discussions started by Tim Burr

Does Bamboo (Fargesia Robusta) Regrow its leaves

....silly question time! :-) 
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Monarda still in slumber

Not stirring from winter sleep 
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Downsizing a Bamboo

Overgrown its trough 
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Glyphosate based weed killers (i.e. Roundup et al)

Are you still using it? 
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Last Post: 19/05/2015 at 23:10

Planting Yucca in Ground

Plant these above, below or halfy halfy!! 
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Last Post: 12/05/2015 at 08:23

Photinia Red Robin trimming

Too early/too late to trim back 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 12:09

Relocating an Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry'

Wrong tree in the wrong place 
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Last Post: 27/04/2015 at 00:08

Hard pruning a Mahonia

What to do with the cuttings 
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Last Post: 25/04/2015 at 23:22

Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 12:52

Conifer for narrow space and upright form

Recommendations please. 
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Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 23:45

Semiarundinaria Fastuosa - Narihira Bamboo (AGM)

Doesn't run, but does it need to be contained? 
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Last Post: 12/04/2015 at 16:32

Do slug eat thru' carrier bags

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Last Post: 28/08/2014 at 12:45

Crocosmia Lucifer

Early flowering? 
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Last Post: 06/07/2014 at 19:04

Bamboo in trough

Trimming it down to size 
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Last Post: 24/02/2014 at 19:15

mildew-on-aquilegia-leaves

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