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Posted: Yesterday at 08:53

had to water my garden with a hose last night, both my main water butts are dry, I have two small ones but I'd rather not use them as they water my carnivorous plants and get used for topping up my pond,

all i'd need is a couple of hours of decent rain and the butts would fill up nicely but it feels like we haven't had decent rain here on Teesside for weeks now!

so much for April showers!

Cauli looks like cress...

Posted: Yesterday at 08:50

it sounds a bit early for planting brassica seeds outdoors, if they're not showing now, they probably wont now,

I'd sow them again inside in module trays and grow on until you've got four or more true leaves, then harden off for a couple of days before planting

japanese knotweed

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 08:58

it has hollow stems like bamboo, I used to do JK control for a local council, get stump killer weed killer, cut the stem below a node (leaving a nice little receptacle for the weed killer) half fill the node and block with a little mud (stops any wildlife getting in)

I did a treatment in early June and another in mid September on any regrowth. it took three years to almost get rid of a patch in woodland the size of a tennis court and even then it popped up for the next two years in the odd patch.

just remember that JK is classed as a noxious weed and cannot be binned. it can also effect the value of your house - or even make it unmortgageable!!   

fritillary flowers

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 15:37

lily beetle, I've got loads off one patch in my front wildflower meadow!

Can anyone add to this list?

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:47

never let anyone loose in your garden who claims they know gardening, I let a friend loose on an empty bed to weed totally and came back half an hour later to find her weeding the next bed of all the newly emerging beetroot and radishes!!!

we have a saying at work, nothing destroys a site quicker than a well meaning volunteers!!

growing plants over a shed

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:31

chocolate vine? grows like stink and has nice flowers and berries

Sarracenia Pitcher Plants

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:28

rainwater is good but as long as you don't have hard water tap water can be just as good at a push, water from the top (so that any building up impurities are washed thru) but make sure you have a tray underneath that can hold about 1-2 inches of water, most pitcher plants are fairly hardy bog plants after all,

I have mine growing around my pond along with some Darlingtonia cobra lily's, Venus fly traps and sundews.

most of mine stay outside all year and only get some horticultural fleece chucked over them when the forecast say -5 or less overnight. so pollination is not a problem, I just let the bees get on with it, the flowers are on long stalks so they're far away from the pitchers, but I've never seen a bee get caught by on anyway -plenty of wasps and blue bottles (or midge/mosquito on the sundews)

toxicology testing soil before growing vegetables

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 12:15

after this amount of time it'll be fine, just don't do eating the soil or anything.

Lawn drainage

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 08:46

depends how much you want to dig down? I was told by a geologist that the clay in my garden went down approx. 300 FEET, so unless I was planning an open cast mine I decided against that action.

lots of sharp sand/horticultural grit/organic matter  - dig it in as deep as you can.

if you can afford it look at land drains - make sure you don't drain it towards the house as one of my neighbours discovered!

Soiled soil?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 08:42

don't use jeyes fluid unless you want to kill every living thing in your garden, its total overkill (pardon the pun)

watch your garden thru the seasons and see what is already there, some things you'll want to keep, some move to another place and some compost (I would recommend setting up a compost bin soon - if there isn't one already) get things started in big pots and then you'll know where you can place them, if they're grown in pots you can transplant them in at any time - just remember lots of water!!

anything hanging into your garden is on your property and you are well within your rights to cut it back, but new neighbours are best asking permission and any cuttings must be offered back to the trees owner - but take into account that a hacked back tree can look very odd!

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