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Latest posts by Welshonion

Water Butt Solutions - How much do i need, and other questions

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 16:10

Lawns don't need water.  If they go very dry they will recover when we have autumn rains.  Most native trees don't need water either.

Put water butts on your downpipes.  You will be amazed at the amount you will collect. Then get yourself a cheap pump and you can move water all over the place.  I wouldn't sacrifice most of your patio.


Child proofing garden

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 16:02

You don't say how old the child/children is/are.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 23:56

Do you mean they should have been planted in Spring 2013?  


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 08:48

Sorry to suggest this, but I would buy some plants in case yours never take off.

Plant identity

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 08:44



Posted: 19/05/2014 at 00:29

Glyphosate becomes inactive once it hits the ground.  Just so long as you have 6 dry hours after you spray the glyphosate will do the job.

But do put the rotavator away or you will make the weed problem so much worse.

Early flowering plants for butterflies?

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 20:46

One of the most valuable plants is the humble nettle as it is a food plant for several kinds of caterpillar.  Flowers are fine for nectar, but if the caterpillars have nothing to eat they're done for!

Gooseberry & blackcurrant berries dropped off

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 18:19

Most likely they have not been pollinated. Each individual flower has to be visited by a bee.  If it isn't the plant has no use for it, so it drops off.  Perfectly natural.

Rubbish mpc

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 10:20

As the councils have to recycle more and more, peat-free compost is likely to get worse, not better.

On the one hand people say use less peat, and insist we recycle more, so this is the result.

Complaining will not get you very far.  Soon all compost will be made of recycled stuff; if you feel guilty every time you pick up a bag of peaty stuff you have to put up with it.

Though I was amused in a wry way to see 'enriched with recycled materials' on a bag of Levingtons.

Golden berry

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 00:53

Difficult to stop them growing once they get started.  I grew them in a greenhouse.  If you can grow tomatoes you'll find them easy.

Best to grow them against a wall where you can tie them in or tie them to supports.

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