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Latest posts by Welshonion

runner beans

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:10

Wig-wam (triangular shaped) supports are much stronger than the shape you have there, unless you have a very sheltered site.  I don't!

Can you use wood logs as stepping stones

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:05

If you want to use timber, oak is ideal, but they will get slippery.

Stagnant water butt

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:03

Make absolutely sure you have a good light-excluding lid for the butt, then the water will remain clear and bug-free from one year to the next.  For free!

evergreen pond plants

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 00:01

Frogs, certainly do not need plants to help them with spawning. Toads and newts spawn strings of eggs.  I can't remember if they attach them to water plants, but I suspect they do attach them to underwater stems.

Tadpoles appreciate plants to hide under as they develop, to protect them from getting too hot.

Water lilies are desirable; there are small-leaved ones if the pond is not very big.

Robin Hood

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 18:14

If the robin has made a nest in the shed, you can go in and out as much as you like, they won't mind.

I have swallows in the shed every year and they tolerate my going in and out. And they raise multiple broods.


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 18:11

Don't worry about tucking the newspaper in.  At this time of year you only get frost on windless nights. Different in the winter, obviously.

Put  newspaper over the potatoes though.

Trying to push back boundary hedge & design ideas

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 00:32

Are the rhodies of value?  Are they good varieties?  They can be cut back really hard, but they will be very ugly for some years until they grow up again.

If you do not value the varieties very much, have them out completely.

IMO it is unwise to put a pond under trees.  Not only because of the falling leaves, but shade as well.

Help needed re leaning trees

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:35

'Exposed site' says it all.  If you look at trees on a coast you will see they have a distinct lean.

Maybe you need to start with a shelter belt as was there before. This will give a sheltered area for your trees.  Were the trees small and sturdy when you planted them ? 

Tree/car/everything covered in tiny bugs

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:25

It may be that you have to put up with this every year in April/May. What kind is the tree?  I have seen roads in Bristol where the lime trees make a terrible mess of cars parked under them.

Id and help with leaf problem

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 15:20

Isn't a mahogany a jungle tree?  Would it like to be somewhere hot and dry?  Wouldn't it prefer hot and shaded?

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