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Latest posts by trillium2cv

The wrong kind of birds

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 23:12

It can be difficult to be selective on what birds you want or don't want. How can I keep the woodpeckers, thrushes and blackbirds but deter the jackdaws and squirrels and pigeons, but the main problem is the rats on the food the other birds discard. I trap them and then leave them out for the Red Kytes so I and the neighbours can't use poisons, which don't work too well anyway. A tray beneath the feeder works quite well to catch food discard but the pigeons and jackdaws love it too.

Getting stuff for nothing

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 22:40

I have been a freecycle, then freegle, member for many years. A great system of recycling, and when you offer something, someone takes it away for you. Can be quite useful if it's big and heavy. Lots of dated electrical goods, Tv's videos, furniture etc. but I have also got sand, bricks, roofing tiles, paving, greenhouse bits, and recently from a freegle made contact well over a cubic yard of good top soil over a period of 2 months or so. Plants are quite common, also pots, part bags of compost or grit etc. Sheds, greenhouses, garden tools, mowers, even the odd car or caravan. and then

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 15:27

I have been visiting the CFS for 40 years or more, first as a visitor, then many years working on stands, and now as a visitor again. The TV coverage has no bearing on my interests which are predominantly about plants. There is way too much time on garden design and far too little about plants. Almost all the gardens are built to look good for just a few weeks, if that. Few flowers would be showing a couple of weeks later. At the show the view any visitor can see is far inferior to the overhead shots the TV camera gives, which make the gardens look much larger than they are, and see further into the design than a visitor can; if you can be bothered to fight the crowds.

Also it "appears" that the iplayer version of the shows may be editted from the live transmission as all my friends say, "saw you on TV" on Tuesday, but I can't find me no matter how many times I run it ;-(

Can I put Alkanet on my compost heap ?

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 21:07

On the other hand the coarse leaves will make quite good compost. If you can bother to separate the roots from the leaves and dump just the former.

Foxglove cuttings - anyone tried it?

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 00:07

I have had lupins do this but not foxgloves. Try laying down, preferrably still connected to the plant, pin if necessary, partially cover with sharp sand and see if they root. The lupin plantlets rooted fine but this is not unusual I think.

how do they grow begonias tubers as a plug plant

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:58

Begonias of the single pendant type root fine for me in summer, and form new small tubers by the autumn. I have 10 or more of one variety, starting from just one plant a few years ago. I also get lots of very fine seed but not tried growing that. Chopping the tubers up works too but the cut surfaces have to be treated with fungicide and allowed to callous over to stop rotting.

Kitchen sink

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:33

Never had a problem with glazed surfaces in sinks. Not aware that any alpine growers do anything to the inside surface. Air will "stop" a root but why should a slippery surface? Glass, ceramic or plastic works fine for me.

Water butts, decking, diverters and overflowing

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:21

In torrential rain won't the decking get wet anyway? Never had overflowing problems with mine, but don't have decking either so not considered it. Lifting the butt off the decking to let air under might help a bit, if you can find something safe and stable.

water butt

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:13

This just seems to be an expensive way to connect a long hose to a rain-water butt, or am I missing something? You can extend a downpipe adapter as far as you want, although it might block with silt and need cleaning periodically. Just check the levels are right between the downpipe and the butt. I have one where a small butt is kept full and the rest runs into a pond etc. Turning a tap or lifting the hose returns the excess to the downpipe as normal.

Sycamore seedlings

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:47

The problem is not your seedlings because you will have the sense to remove them, it is the neighbour who does not bother and then you have a forest tree overhanging your garden. That is what started your problem probably.

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Blippar for Tablets and Phones

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Looks a funny autumn crocus to me. More like Pickwick. 
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I don't know who prepares these articles but if the corms are 6" deep in the picture then they are truly massive corms and the hand is sever... 
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