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Reducing the Noise from Road

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 13:04

Perhaps you should think of using noises in your garden to counteract the noise from the road. Bamboo does have a rustling sound, wooden wind chimes are more pleasant than traffic, there are various grasses that make rustle sounds etc.

Narcissus starting to grow

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 13:00

Given the mild weather and that it is now January, yes it is normal. Mine are showing and am not bothered by it as they are hardy bulbs.

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 10:06
Mike Allen wrote (see)

To be honest.  I totally abhor the cutting down of trees especially the so acclaimed xmas tree.  What awaste. 

Truly I ask you!.

They are grown for the purpose and are not native UK trees and support little wildlife. Most Christmas trees are grown in poor marginal ground, so are not taking up arable land. As evergreen trees they sequester carbon for most of the year and the majority of trees are recycled then it is quite a clean industry.

Talkback: New year gardening resolutions

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 09:15

I am focusing on landscaping this year. So fixing and adding to my current landscaping.

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 21:51
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

no probs sgl.

I've checked out both tree's and me thinks mine might be a dwarf albertas spruce it's looks similar to both but is quite compact, I won't lose sleep over it though, just happy to have a real tree  

They stay small and compact and are superior trees to Norwegian Spruce imho.


Posted: 06/01/2014 at 20:35

What is the aspect of the wood and how mush light gets to the ground?

roses from seed

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 19:30

After much failure:

Cut off the flower, pick off all the leaves and the bottom most thorns
Change the water every other day
Keep the stems in a light windowsill
Only the bottom inches need contact with water
Thicker stems tend to root before rotting
It takes 4-6 weeks for the roots to appear - you can see the white bumps.
Best success is around now till March.
As soon as the bumps appear I put those in well draining soil outside.
Do not give up on them. As long as the stem is turgid and not rotten/moulded it is still viable.

Reducing the Noise from Road

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 16:03

There is a noise reducing fence (acoustic barrier fence) and they do make a difference. About 8ft tall and solid wood. The cost depending on length is much higher than adding hedging. The acoustic barrier will take up little less room than a wall does.

Is it possible to build up the wall to 2 metres? That should reduce some noise and you will get used to the road noise after a few weeks.

Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 14:45

I thought most table Christmas trees where Picea glauca conica  (Dwarf Alberta Spruce) and not Norwegian Spruce.

roses from seed

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 14:38

I did not know roses could be grown from seed. My guess is it is quite slow from seed to flower?

I just use the stems from flowers from supermarkets. They root in water after a month or so. I have tried roses from lots of supermarkets and M&S have the best rate in rooting for me.

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