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Help Save the Hedgehogs Part II

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 11:01

Ah its pretty rural here. I like the box. Im going to ask the neighbours if they see hogs and hopefully set this up as a collaboration. 

what hedging? what benefits?

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 10:53

I dont like leylandii but im not sure why its a lot of work? A fast grower you mean? I think it may restrict what you can put in front of it sam 92, i have seen how dry the soil can be.

I have used a number of online hedging sellers - treesandhedging, beechwood 3fatpigs. They are cheap and ok. I think you will find evergreens dont normally come bare root, or at least mine didnt. Homebase have some leylandii for £6 each and a decent size for that, worth a look. I think 60-90cm apart but take advice from the supplier.

Laurel is ok, not very interesting. for evergreens, i myself went for holly, you get some much prettier varieties, and good for birds. 

Help Save the Hedgehogs Part II

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 09:07

I dont have anything not rabbit fenced, though i could leave something just outside the gate, or over the road there is a bit of land ive seen hogs there before. 

How do you know its benefitting hogs and not feeding some cat or fox? 

Help Save the Hedgehogs Part II

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 08:21

I feel very guilty about being rabbit fenced.  

Summerhouse inside

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:45

I had a look on b&q and did like the laminate floor options, £8 metre and some nice wood effect white/pale grey ones. The husband has scuppered the idea though as its a damp environment, and laminate does not last in a damp situation. Its a shame as i did like the finish. 

Timber cladding would work, and im eyeing up some pallet wood, though it would be hard to get enough. 

Natural ponds

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:34

Hi, its not a recommendation as i dont have it, but i notice the freshwater habitats trust have a book: the pond book.

they are helpful if you email them too, i did do that when i was concerned about algae. 


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 15:00

They dont have much bamboo in my GC, though yours may well be better, have a look online. I have used scottishbamboo.com though you wont need our level of hardiness, the pics and descriptions are good. 

Summerhouse inside

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 09:57

I posted ages ago unsure if i wanted a summerhouse, but decided to go for it. I want to get the inside ready now for the nicer weather. The wood is very orangey in colour and id like it white or cream. Im not sure wether to just paint it - or insulate and line it. 

I could do rockwool type insulation, its not expensive, but then what to put on top? Some sort of board? I dont want to plasterboard it (feels like a step too far) what else is there? 

has anyone done this or just painted? 

Lining pond pots.

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 09:46

Ooo i think ill try that philippa. i have lots of wind fabric and some pond plants.  Apart from the sewing bit (im lazy) it sounds ideal. 


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 09:35

Hmm im not sure they are expensive really. an evergreen tropical looking fast spreader is sasa palmata. Sounds an ideal position for it, it will romp. I have it in a more challenging position (a bit dry and windy) but its doing ok. You should pay £15-£25 depending on size. 

I suspect most people wouldn't plant this due to its invasiveness though. 

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