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Bees setting up home in my garden....

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 13:36

I know your children are very precious but bees really are too - especially now. Please unblock the entrance to the nest for the moment & just keep the kids away from the area for a bit until you have explored all other options.

I think your local beekeepers might be here  In my experience these types of groups are always happy to give good free advice and help whenever possible.  If I've got the wrong area just try Googling your town / district with 'beekeeping'.

Good luck 

Small urban garden......

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 11:36

I vote for the pergola with climbers which also has the advantage of offering some instant screening. I would consider placing it across the corner (to form a triangle) which might play with the perspective and make it less intrusive. Clematis montana would cover it fairly quickly as would some of the better honeysuckles. Ivies could be an evergreen option & don't forget the scented options such as jasmine etc.

If you would prefer trees / shrubs I would consider some of the crab apples which have the advantage of being smaller trees (so more in proportion with the size of garden & fewer potential problems with roots etc). They have pretty blossom in the spring and bright usable fruits in the autumn & some (eg 'Red Sentinel') last well into winter. An amelanchier tree (as suggested by Fairy Girl) is another good option or what about some of the hazels / cobnuts? They can be grown as smallish trees or coppiced to form tall shrubs. (They would also supply you with hazel supports for the garden and nuts for the table!)

Good luck with this one - it is a fine line between achieving privacy and overwhelming the garden. As Patty 3 says your neighbours may help to solve the problem for you. If you get on with them why not try having a word to see if they have any planting plans or if you can come up with some ideas between you? What gives you privacy (especially when it comes to trees) may throw their garden into deep shade & take lots of nutrients from their soil - while a tree planted in the right place by them may give you both the best of both worlds!

Is this Pea Weevil?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 10:44

Hi I am still fairly new to fruit & veg growing & would appreciate some help.

I sowed a couple of rows of peas about 4 weeks ago and the seedlings are now 3 - 4cms high. I noticed the other day that most of the leaves have been eaten around the edges leaving a notched appearance to the leaves.

A bit of Googling and the damage is identical to that done by Pea Weevil. But isn't it a bit early for these pests to be out doing their stuff? - most articles refer to them being a problem from early summer onwards & (bearing in mind that we only seemed to shake off winter about three wekks ago!) this doesn't seem to fit with their life cycle.

Any suggestions for any other culprits / solutions? The peas are in a raised bed (50cm high) in a mix of garden soil and lots of spent mushroom compost. Salad crops and herbs were growing in the bed last year. Peas were raised in a similar bed (3m away)  last year without problem.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Erecting structure for privacy in thin strip of ground

Posted: 28/04/2013 at 09:12

Hi Jem - how about a few smart posts in the area (depending on how wide it is) with stuff trained up them. They could also be linked at the top with tensioned wire or rope. Things that could be trained up the posts and eventually along the wire / rope might include roses / honeysuckle / clematis / golden hops - depends how much room there is for roots really and how good the soil is. Golden hops will grow really quickly in the right conditions and a clematis montana would give fairly permanent screening.

I don't think I'd go down the bamboo route. The route system can be very invasive and can push up through paving / tarmac / etc depending on species.

Getting rid of daffodils

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 22:12

Definitely daffodils / narcissi. One or two flower buds - most are blind. Tenacious little blighters aren't they? I was suprised they were shooting from that far down - but they are.

Do you think chemicals might be my friend here?

Getting rid of daffodils

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 18:10

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I did remove the leaves to about 10" below soil level a few weeks ago but they are already showing through again. Encouraged to hear it probably is a matter of just persistently trying to weaken the bulb over a few seasons.

I was thinking that a bit of chemical help would speed things along - just wasn't sure whether glyphosphate worked on bulbs or not.

Spanish bluebells, Steve J - I understand - have a similar problem with celandines all over the place - pretty - but looking way too much like weeds now!

Getting rid of daffodils

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 13:56

Help! We made some 2' high raised veggie beds in a corner of our new garden last summer - not realising there were daffodils deep in the soil in that area. 

The bulbs have sprouted in the beds and I need to get rid of them. I estimate the bulbs must be a good 3 feet below the surface of the beds & impossible to dig out without dismantling the beds. Does anybody know if glyphosphate is effective against bulbs? (I realise I might have to apply it for several years to get rid of them) or any other suggestions to deal with the problem? 

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