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Latest posts by blairs

Easy to grow tree

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 10:56

Japanese cherry trees are no maintenance and provide all year interest.

Greenhouse base

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 14:44
Fleurisa wrote (see)

Blairs -  wouldn't a wooden base rot?

Heat treated outdoor wood last for decades...possibly longer than the GH will.

Greenhouse base

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 11:10

It is easier if you use a wooden base to secure the GH to and secure the wooden base to the ground. Slabs work if the ground is dry and sunny as the slabs should retain some heat, gravel if the ground is naturally damp as it helps with drainage or a mix of both slabs and gravel!

Can I move a foxglove now ?

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 11:02

They do have a tap root but I find it does not go deep until the flowering stalk emerges and so can be moved before that happens quite easily. I think that is where some people worry about moving Foxgloves.

Cats in the graden

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 16:49

Just put lots of sticks in the areas where they poop and dig. Simple as.

Can I move a foxglove now ?

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 09:19

They need some sun to grow well and will grow large in full sun with damp soil. I have moved them a good few times with success everytime - just do as the above.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 09:17
Edd wrote (see)

I could mention the bedroom tax and lack of one bedrooms properties but we would just fall out and argue.

Kind Regards


What is wrong with the 'spare bedroom tax'? It has been in operation in private rents for years and it brings publicly provided and subsidised housing into line. Try getting housing benefit for a 3 bedroom private let when you only need 2. There has been too much noise on this subject and little fact. 

Rhodo vs Azalea

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 17:29

I never knew that either but often wondered!

Crows and Magpies!!!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 09:38

Smaller birds like to hide/sit on branches of near by trees/bushes, scout out the feeding area then eat. So providing planting like that will help. I find crows/magpies like open lawn areas then eat. So moving feeders towards bushes and higher up on branches would exclude them to an extent.

Talkback: Small trees for gardens

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 17:58

Amelanchier and Prunus Amanogawa get my vote for small gardens. Both do not steal light or get big.

Acer negunda is a large fast growing tree, certainly not a small garden tree. Pollarding is extreme pruning and I rarely see it done successfully as it tends to ruin the natural look of trees. Have you tried to thin the crown or lift the crown or even a general prune?

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