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Unusual bird behaviour

Posted: Today at 15:59

I've seen small birds like great tits and sparrows attacking car wing mirrors because they can see their refection and think its a rival!

Help with strimming please

Posted: Today at 15:43

do it in lines, do a cut with the first swing about 4 - 5 inches off the ground one way (which means you end up with a long pile ready for collection) and strim flat (and mulch) on the return swing.

I was taught to strim by an old bloke who used to scythe grass as a youngster, so I've been told my technique is like using a scythe!

climber for a exposed south facing wall

Posted: Yesterday at 12:53

i'm looking to cover the gable end of my garage with a climber (mainly to green up the large area of brick) the wall is south facing and gets the sun for most of the day even in the depths of winter, but can get battered by strong west winds. it must be easily trainable onto wires and not too 'thick'  (so not wisteria, which was my first thought) as a path runs along the wall of the garage and i'll need it to walk down.

has anyone got any suggestions?

Saffron crocus

Posted: Yesterday at 12:47

saffron only likes really well drained soil, any clay in the ground and they'll only leaf up and never flower

Pumkins, fruit but vines dead?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:43

maybe a light frost saw them off?


Tomato roots as weedkiller

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 13:50

I could see it as an insecticide, but not a herbicide? 

Sieving soil

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 16:11

with this method you can cover part of your plot with un-rotted (fresh manure) that way the new manure can be left for a year to mature while the rest you cover with well rotted stuff and can work within a few weeks.

bekkie yes I've used this before, I work with schools and when we fit raised beds we put them straight onto the playing field and cover with a double layer of cardboard and then top the beds up, the beds are usually only 15cm high at the most and we get very little weed coming thru.

I've also used it on a community garden which was covered in brambles, dock and nettles, strimmed it as flat as I could, double layer of cardboard and then covered with spoiled hay and straw from a local farm. the next year we could just plant thru the half rotted hay and as long as you keep the organic matter damp (which in winter isn't hard) the cardboard is gone within 6 - 8 months. you just have to remember to remove the stick tape as that doesn't rot!

Sieving soil

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 09:00

yes you can sieve to remove the roots, but its back breaking and you'll always miss some roots.

Best bet is to cover the area you want clearing with a double layer of corrugated cardboard and cover with organic matter (manure, compost, leaf litter, grass lawn mowings, straw etc.) and in the spring the weeds will be dead (mostly) and the worms in the ground will have pulled some of the organic matter into the ground.

All you'll have to do is a little digging to plant stuff and you're away

Talkback: How to grow marginal pond plants

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 13:02

you could always try Sarracenia flava or a flava/S. Purpurea purpurea crosses, both do well in marginal areas as well as bog gardens. all you have to do is make sure the crown of the plant is 2-3inches above the water surface. they can get quite tall, my S flava maxima is three feet tall and eats lots of wasps and flies during the summer!

Potted plants for winter?

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 09:34

I've just planted some saffron crocuses in large terracotta pots, hopefully they'll flower November time.

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saffron bulbs

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