Latest posts by vjwuk

1 to 10 of 17

Plant I.D.

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 13:17

Just googled four petalled white shrub under images and got this that looks remarkably like it????

"Clematis, Virginia Bower Vine, Clematis virginiana, a perennial climbing vine with fragrent flowers native to eastern North America "

Completely had enough of cats now!

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 13:49

We have had a nightmare too, terrace house and 2 cats to left and 4 in 3 houses to right. 

It got really bad when our previous neighbours left taking their 2 cats who only pooed indoors in their trays, but did sit in our garden (territory?).  Tried sonic scarers - some success, grapefruit and orange peel - no success, gel - no success, smelly plants - no success.

What did work was holly trimmings stuck end up in the bed over winter (ouch).  As the spring came we piled on loads of well rotted horse manure (damp and smelly) kept the holly spikes and edged the bed with chicken wire.  Touch wood nothing has happened for at least 2 months. Plants are now filling the spaces but I do have to remember to cover any areas on pots until the plants grow bigger.

I read that it helps if it can be cleared up quickly and sprayed so they forget where to go.  The cats still do come in the garden but just to drink out of the watering cans now.

It is soul destroying sometimes.  Will look up the water scarecrow , my friend had huge success with a water spray box in her horses door that kicked, so it is an effective deterrent.

Don't give up

Problems using the website

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 13:33


Haven't been on here for a while so it all looks very new  (on a desktop pretty hi spec) its very jumpy, it seems to be when I go to a new thread and all the side ads load, once they are there it seems to stabilise??

Sure I'll find my way around again but feeling a bit lost at the mo

Leeks and Onions

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 13:26

I done a seed tray of leeks last week to start off in cool dining room, then will move out into garden in a mini plastic covered shelf unit.  Want to wait until winds have died down before putting shelf stand outside.

East Sussex coast

Last edited: 01 March 2017 13:26:41

Flower Sprouts

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 13:43

Ours were as high as our Nero kale, about a foot and a half ish

Flower Sprouts

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 13:09

They are lovely, we saw and bought a stalk a couple of years ago from a farm shop under the name of Kalettes.  I grew some last year, they stalled over winter as did my other sprouts but I have started picking them now and they are lovely.  Growing more this year

A few id's please

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 12:57

The himalyan is a notifiable invasive species so I would get shot, there is an app "Thats Invasive" where you can report it if seen along with other notifiable invasives.

Raising the level of a lawn

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 12:50

How about keeping the lawn level as it is and putting a box hedge around the edges then you can seed what you have at the level you have and when you mow the edges of the lawn the box will mean you don't have to strim or shear the bits next to the bricks.

We don't even have side access so I really know where you are coming from and that is what I would do, obviously any low neat shrub would be good but I think box would look lovely with that design and it is evergreen

How to keep wood pigeons of my veg patch

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 13:58

We put two canes in each of our beds tied at the top with old CD's hanging down, seems to have worked so far with gooseberries, greens, squash, seedlings.   They clatter when windy too.




Posted: 20/07/2015 at 12:33

If the queens have bred with an aggressive strain last year this could be coming out, that is why swarm control is good practise as you can breed out bad genes.  I am assuming these are your or someones hives and being managed .

1 to 10 of 17

Discussions started by vjwuk

Blossoming Apple

Replies: 2    Views: 673
Last Post: 29/10/2014 at 14:26
1 returned