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Small sink pond

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:15

I've had 3 of these wonderful Belfast type sinks in the garden for many years - though not full of water, but full of sometimes very wet compost.  They have been frozen solid time after time, and have not yet come to any harm.  If you remain worried, wrap it  in some horticultural  fleece (not bubblewrap as it can trap the water against the glaze, which can chip off if then frozen), or sacking, or old curtains or whatever is availble.  They are very tough things though, as are water lilies, which freeze solid too quite often and seem to thrive on it. 

foxgloves

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:12

Lynne24, believe me, there is no such thing as a silly question - we all start somewhere and somewhen, and we all learn from each other on here -  so keep asking and asnwering and we will all do well for each other. 

christmas is coming!

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 13:09

Raised beds - oh, and somewhere to put them in our overcrowded garden!

where to find plants with someones name

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 22:18

'country garden roses' is the one we used, but I think there may be others - maybe not all roses?  Guess work ony that last!

where to find plants with someones name

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:45

You can also buy a rose and have it named for someone - lovely for certain circumstances. A friend of ours at work died and we had a rose named for her, and gave it to her Mum - she was thrilled to bits with it.  Quite the opposite of what you want, but god non-the-less

Protecting the outside tap from frost

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:43

Indeed, there are plenty of tap frost protectors about in any DIY shop for less than a fiver - but this is indeed appropriate technology - I'd use thick garden wire rather than a bungee, but that's just me maybe.

Secateurs.....bin them or sharpen them

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:40

I sharpen all our knives, secateurs, anything with blades, myself - my father taught me. My friends warn each other about my knives etc., as they are all extremely sharp - so much safer that way.  Secateurs are easy enough to do - the little gadget shwn earlier works well, as does the one that looks like a pen and clips in your pocket for a quick rub up between jobs. 

Winter Lawn Mowing

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:36

I'd be sure to leave the lawn and mow the borders - but otherwise I can see no reason why not, though it sounds a tad chilly for me ..............

Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:34

I love the idea of a garden centre selling a garden!! However, it is true that on the whole the people who stock them only want a profit, and most of the people who work there don't know a dahlia from mint -  nurseries are very often the best places to get things,.  Specialist nurseries for specific plants are often wonderful, with people commited to the particuar group of plants, or even sigle type of plant  that they grow.  If they are not in yur area, many give advice on line, and supply their stock on line too.  Have had no troube with any specialist nursery used in this way - not quite the same for the big 'we sell everything' sites, but some of thise are better than others, some are fairly well informed too. 

My First year

Posted: 02/11/2012 at 17:28

Straws and rasps need no care in the winter, just prune acording to their type.  Pot up any strawberry runners you might want for new plants in the spring, maybe cover against birds which are looking for insects etc. sheltering among the leaves - they an pull the whole plant up.  Your cooking apple has probably been summer/autumn pruned so should be fine - maybe add a grease band around the trunk to stop some beasties climbng the tree and getting in the buds to spoil next years lovely apples.  

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