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Sharpening Garden shears

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 08:30

If you have a local lawn mower man that services mowers, then he may well be able to sharpen your shears.

Climbing / Tall Veg

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 08:24

there are the climbing peas. I use alderman, very good cropper. You can tie a cue in to strings from the plant to the top of the fence. Squash can also be made to go up, but you may need to support the fruits. You could put a block of sweetcorn infront of any of the cucurbita family \(cues, courgs, marrows, squash) as they like a bit of shade through the day.

oh and congrats on the new arrival...................

Waterlogged border

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 08:19

If your border is wet all year. Why fight it, There are some very attractive bog plants available. I have an area that is the soakaway from neighbours septic tanks. I decided to go with it. I now have a boggery, that is full of colour from early spring to late autumn.


Posted: 12/05/2012 at 08:12

You have my full commiserations, I too saw our first ever rabbit about 6 wks ago, He was dispatched and left for the red kites to lunch on. I have since seen one or two. It has had an affect on my gardening. I find myself saying why should I bother if I'm only feeding the rabbits. But I have pressed on. Tbey haven't found the herbasceous borders yet, which are 95% full of rabbit menu.  It was suggested I wire off the area with rabbit proof fencing but that would prove too expensive. So I have just dusted down the shotgun and am ever alert. Can't be of any more help other than say I really feel sorry for you.


Posted: 12/05/2012 at 08:06

peonys only sulk if they are planted too deep. I often move or split one and never have problems with the new sections not flowering. They flower at about 5 yrs old. So if you bought a young plant it won't flower for a few years. The same with peony trees. They take a while to mature. And at this time of year they do put on a spurt of growth. new leaves etc.

Gourds !!

Posted: 11/05/2012 at 07:59

I grew several to cover a bit of fence. I have been banned from growing them again. I filled a trailer of the gourds and had to dump in a corner of my woods. There were 100's of them. It was suggested I didn't dry and paint any either as the OH was sick of the sight of them.

Plant without papers

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 08:15

Looks similar the seedlings we have in our woods. Could be the invasive Himalayan balsam, jumping jack flash, or Policemans helmets.  A very tall impatiens, cousin of the Bizzy Lizzy.  But the seeds are quite tasty when ripe.

wire worms

Posted: 09/05/2012 at 07:27

The most depressing fact about wire worms is that they can live up to 4 years before they emerge as adults.  You can set traps for them. Put some potato peelings in a small container, Food tin with hinged lid would be ideal.  don't close the lid totally, but put the tin in your border just below soil level. And you can put as amny as you like around the garden.

The wireworms will go into the tin and gorge themselves on the peelings, Check every couple of days and empty contents into a bucket of water, the fat grubs will drown. Repeat as necessary.

Keeping Chickens

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 10:18

Keeping Chickens

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 08:32

thanks for that David, but my main chicken run is about 50' x 30' and I wouldn't be able to convince the OH that it would be money well spent.

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