Latest posts by Welshonion

Ivy invasion

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 14:34
I'm surprised your neighbour is not agitating for you to control the ivy. Get up a ladder and cut it back, or get someone else to do it. Do not trim it all over, remove large chunks of it by cutting out branches. Not hedge trimmers; secateurs, and a saw are needed.

Haven for the birds and the bees is one thing; a plant out of control is another.

Better you tackle it now, than receive a solicitor's letter later.

Red slimey worms

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:20
Lucky you! They are not smelly, it must be your compost! Sometimes I think they come up under the rim and lid when they are too hot; or when they are hungry.

Try and get a good mix of green (vegetable matter) and brown (shredded paper, cardboard, dry leaves).

And treasure your muck worms!


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:15
I use secateurs to cut the stems into short sections so they rot down in the compost.

Electricity Pole

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 00:58
Plant something nice and interesting the other side of the garden and you'll look at that rather than the pole.

Beware Horse chestnut. Lovely tree, but lots of them are dying of a dread disease.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:44
Thank you.

Hedge not looking well

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 10:47
It's pretty impossible to kill privet. If it is leaf cutter bees, you can ignore them as they don't kill the plant.

weird caterpillar like thingy ID please

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 10:36
Now, what does a Woolly Bear look like? Magnificent isn't it.

Trees from seed

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 10:32
Have the seeds germinated? If they have, how tall are they? If they are still small, I wouldn't bury them in so much mulch.

If they haven't I wouldn't expect the tiny plants to struggle up through 6 inches of mulch. Yes, you can use leaves as a mulch, but don't bury the plants; they should be hardy.

Dealing with crab grass

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 10:27
You seem to have a good crop of clover there too. If you have killed the clumps of grass, they will be removed/cut off when you cut the lawn.

Narrow Garden Issue

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 00:23
A perching place, what's the point of that when you can plant something which will be of use to bees, or other insects or provide food for birds? For instance a wild cherry, rather than an ornamental cherry would be suitable. Elderberry would be suitable too.

Alders are pretty big trees. Have you thought of trained fruit trees along your fences?

I think you need to do some more research, and certainly ignore any tree that will grow to 10 metres!

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