London (change)
Today 14°C / 4°C
Tomorrow 11°C / 5°C


Latest posts by BrummieBen

Cats causing problems

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 10:49

Alan and Matmats, same could be said for a huge proportion of humans these days. I have 2 cats, I have a largish garden so they usually poop in my garden. However I have created a couple of fine gravelly places that I clear out every day or so. Also, I pop around my neighbours every week or so and ask if there's any problem with my scoop in hand. It isn't the cat that is the problem, it's the owners not taking responsibility. Much the same with wildlife, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure there is a high vis collar and bell fitted.

As for your comment on what is the point of them, you are aware there are populations of rats living in this country which are completely immune to poison now? If it wasn't for the cats, particularly in cities, the mouse and rat population would be much worse than it is now. You could argue what is the point in dogs, I can personally say I haven't trod in cat poo on the pavements, but I've trod in plenty of Doggy-wotsits.

Cats are independant, whereas dogs are reliant. If you mistreat a cat it'll leave and find a new home whereas dogs stay with you because you provide the grub.

I've had dogs and cats all my life, and I'd like to say I haven't let them be a nuisance to anyone. This possibly could be because I was brought up the right way as in 'be considerate to others'. Part of a dying breed these days as everyone is having this 'selfishness' drummed into them from all advertising angles.

As I said, the cats AREN'T the problem, it's the owners. Although it must be said, a plastic bag and a scoop costs pence, for any seeds/ young plants, I always stick netting over anyways, mainly due to the pigeons/ local pets.


Posted: 23/02/2013 at 12:46

grow bushy? lol, my advice would be not to plant laurel EVER, they are thugs that will grow fast and monstrous, they have to be pruned regularly or they go out of control very quickly! If you want them to grow 'bushy', take out the top third every year, autumn or spring. Spacing and how far from the fence, I wouldn't worry too much as they will quickly grow to fill whatever gap you plant them at. Regards to the birds using, better off with hawthorn/ blackthorn or privet. Good luck!


Posted: 18/02/2013 at 11:01

the grit and the sand go with the soil you already have. Dig it all in, then lightly 'walk it down' and rake reasonably level. THEN put your topsoil on top. You can add some sharp sand to this too if you wish, all a matter of preference.


Posted: 17/02/2013 at 10:57

Yes I mean both.. remember this layer is merely the drainage, I'd be looking for the finished soil mix to be 50% grit and sand, then walk it down. You can add a touch of compost, but only a very small amount. Shove your topsoil on top, rake it then turf.. Should mean aside from a little bit of feed and scarifying once a year.. your lawn should be a cinch to maintain. Good Luck.

Weeds vs an old rickety back

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 02:06

actually, where are you? I'll drive up there and waste them weeds :P


Weeds vs an old rickety back

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 02:05

whack the weeds with a helper, then when u see weed seedlings, use a hoe?

Recycling compost from last years tomato growbags

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 02:02

think you are being ovt, the used stuff from the toms last year is perfect for re-invigorating.. going organic use chicken pellets, also try some rock dust.. in B&Q under their SEER range. No need to sterilise, just rotate the crops, easy as..


Posted: 16/02/2013 at 09:36

montana is the one, there's a few diff varieties, probably putting this in a pot is quite wise as you should be able to control the size it will grow by doing this. It is called 'mile a minute' for a reason, but is ideal for quickly covering fences and sheds/walls. Try Clematis Tangutica as well, if you google these then select images you'll get an idea of what's about. Good Luck.

starting a new garden

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 16:12

I live on the side of a hill where springs outcrop across the top. The soil is clay with pebbles, in short an absolute nightmare. I bought a 3' square piece of galvanised chicken wire, the sort that is very study and has 3/4" square holes in. Then I made a frame out of 2x2 baton that fitted my wheelbarrow, and proceeded to cut the wire to size and then stapled it to the frame to make a giant sieve. Everytime I sort a border I stick the whole lot to a depth of a foot or so through the sieve. This is how bad my soil is, it's like 40% rock that is 1" or bigger. I then mix in a hefty load of manure in the bottom, then mix the sifted soil with spent compost from my toms or other pots. (You can just mix in normal compost but tis expensive for a big garden!.

If you have poor soil, realistically to get a good performance out of it, you need to put the effort in. My way is very hard work, but weeding/ planting etc is very easy, and I only have to mulch compost on top from now on. For my vegetables, I bought a load of second hand scaffold planks and made raised beds, then you can create the soil you wish.

Remember, clay soil is one of the best as it retains moisture brilliantly, if you get plenty of organic matter into it, and use a good mulch, you'll only be watering half as much as your neighbours.

A book I didn't write, but everyone should own

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 15:53

Maybe a nice idea, just keep the thongs out of it, and I'm on board :P

Discussions started by BrummieBen

growing brassicas

Replies: 13    Views: 1460
Last Post: 09/08/2013 at 14:21

clematis - The President

Prune or not?? 
Replies: 11    Views: 879
Last Post: 11/06/2013 at 23:07

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

It's back, trying biological control this time. 
Replies: 7    Views: 733
Last Post: 14/06/2013 at 00:17

bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

Replies: 7    Views: 825
Last Post: 17/05/2013 at 10:00

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

Replies: 16    Views: 17479
Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 19:53

water those poor souls!

Replies: 8    Views: 621
Last Post: 20/04/2013 at 09:35

Back after a long slog

Replies: 3    Views: 477
Last Post: 18/04/2013 at 22:46

anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

as above 
Replies: 11    Views: 784
Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 12:46

So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

well not really 
Replies: 4    Views: 665
Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 09:28

Fine Green beans in the shops

What are they? 
Replies: 13    Views: 1188
Last Post: 20/03/2013 at 18:33

This made me spill my tea over the keyboard!

Replies: 9    Views: 799
Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 12:09

Your Favourite Tools

The ones you use most! 
Replies: 26    Views: 1236
Last Post: 10/03/2013 at 14:56

Needing old mouse or vole nests

Bumble Bee nestbox project 
Replies: 6    Views: 614
Last Post: 11/03/2013 at 19:48

While it's been raining

trawling youtube for gardening 
Replies: 5    Views: 630
Last Post: 08/03/2013 at 19:47

Most famous moment with your plants?

meeting a big cheese 
Replies: 7    Views: 567
Last Post: 03/03/2013 at 10:25
1 to 15 of 22 threads