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Football season - 2014

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 09:18

Thought I'd rekindle this thread for our wonderful Foxes who were bottom of the premiership this time last year but now, unbelievably, are leading it!  The video below was made by a Foxes (and obviously Pogues) fan,says it all and is very seasonal ('scuse the pun!).


Support for a single grapevine

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 08:48

Vines will grow as large as you let them once mature, Aster2.  Mine grows 2.5m up the side of an arch then 2m across it before turning 90 degrees and growing 10m along the top of trellis (but it is at least 40 years old!)  Having said that I grow it for the foliage (although it does produce grapes) but restricting vines by proper pruning will make them more productive, fruit-wise.

Newbie Question on Moss

Posted: 26/12/2015 at 08:39

That'll do it quarkrad.  Brushing sharp sand into the holes made by forking will help with drainage.  Scarifying it fairly regularly will remove moss and expose the soil beneath and you can seed those bare areas in spring.  If the lawn is shaded at all, using a shade-tolerant grass seed mix will help.  Those usually include a couple of fescue species (which have low light tolerance) and a bentgrass species (which cope better with damp areas such as is often found on clay soils.)

Festive Cats

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 16:43
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

I need a new computer as I can never pick up the links anyone posts

OTOH, I can honestly say that I haven't yet seen Cats in Frocks........but thank you Dove...........I shall know what to look out for now  I rather think if one of those appeared I'd be too stunned to clap my hands and hiss. 

I know you can't click links Philippa, so type 'cat in dress' into google.  My gawd, it's unbelievable!

Log burner

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 14:25

One problem with woodburners is that a chimney liner is often needed in order to keep the smoke hot enough.  The hotter the smoke, the better the 'draw' and higher the smoke will rise above the property.  If a chimney is considered marginal in this respect, then installers may give the owner an option to save a few pounds by not installing a liner and this may be what has happened in this case.  The best liners are 'twin wall' with the inner liner getting much hotter than the outer.

Here's a short article on the subject:

Note the potential issue for the owners concerning carbon monoxide with inadequate chimneys.  They are not expensive to have installed.

'Twas the night before Christmas...a little homage

Posted: 24/12/2015 at 16:49

Wonderful, FG!


Posted: 23/12/2015 at 20:13

Merry Christmas everyone and hope all of your seeds germinate, cuttings take and weeds mysteriously disappear in the coming year!



What passes you by?

Posted: 23/12/2015 at 19:41

Soap operas (I'd be happy if I never accidentally came across one again while switching channels), costume dramas, celebrity culture, religion, politics.  Oh, and TV shows about tatoos.  I also don't see the point in watching a film more than once every five or ten years.  Right, that's 75% of the TV shedule out of the window, so plenty of room for more gardening programmes and documentaries.

Problem with grass creeping from next door into border

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 14:23
LesleyK wrote (see)

Hi ecokid, I very often find self-seeded foxgloves in the garden and just dig them up and put them where I want them without any problems.

Same here Lesley - transplanting foxgloves is no problem whatsoever.

Very patchy grass - what's wrong? (pics)

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 14:12

Looks like a bit of thatch there too - I would scarify the lawn, prick it all over with a fork, going as deep as you can and then brush sharp sand into the holes, finally seeding the bare patches in early spring.

PS, the page looks fine here pansy, but I use an adblocker.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

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