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Latest posts by Clarington

Wooden Raised Beds

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 14:03

Gosh your garden is beautiful!

Presents I've been given that I really really like

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 14:02

Bumping this back up to the top as I've a keen gardening Grandfather (his love is mainly for Alpines) to buy a gift for and I'm really struggling for something to get him that he hasn't already got himself.

Keep those great ideas coming dear sweet people!

Wooden Raised Beds

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 12:34

Afternoon all!

I'm going to (eventually) create three square raised beds for the vegetable plot by the greenhouse and I wondered how people start off the bases. Do you just lay the (pressure treated possible railway type sleepers if I can afford it) wood straight onto the soil or you do think it best to put some kind of liner down / sink breeze plots into the ground to give it some additional protection? Would I be best to also line the inside of the raised bed with something or does the mud not affect the wood greatly?

The best Christmas present

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 09:50

Gosh I feel such an ungrateful child I can't even remember what I was given throughout the years! (I'm going to blame the bump to the head I got in 2004 for ruining my memory).

Keeping Cats off of Garden - Tried and Tested Ideas only please

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 09:43
waterbutts wrote (see)

Just a note to say that, although they aren't usually audible to adult humans, children can often hear them and find them distressingly piercing.

My partners neighbour had one of these electric noise machines installed to scare off rats. Despite my being 25 years at the time the first time I pulled up and got out of the car the pain it caused my ears made me drop to the floor! It was unbearable to have a window open in his house and I'd be in tears by the time I got to his front door some days! Similar machines are often used in town centres to stop "youth" gathering at night.

I'm afraid I've nothing to add to how to scare cats, it seems to depend on the individual animal as to whether they're threatened by noises / smells (though most will react to a water pistol so perhaps motion activated sensors are the way?)

Are the certain plants that give off smells a cat doesn't enjoy? Google seems to suggest something called "rue" but I don't admit to knowing what it is. Is there a mulch they can't stand?

Perhaps you would be better to guerilla bomb the gardens of those with cats with the likes of catnip / grass to encourage their cats to stay in their own gardens.

What it is perfectly clear (in terms of the law at least) that you can't do however is actively put things down intended to threaten their life (aka no matter what your personal thoughts are cats are not classed as vermin and thus can not be destroyed). Police will act if they are informed that you are putting down poisons such as de-icer for the intent of killing an animal.


Posted: 09/12/2013 at 09:26

Morning all. Despite climbing into bed at *cough* 19:30 last night to read a book / hide under the warm winter blanket I feel like I've had no rest what so ever

Praying the working day goes quickly so I can get home to start doing the Christmas wrapping before the boxes of unpacked new house are lost under bags of gifts in a massive mess in the lounge!

Last weeks storm counrty round up

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 08:55

Sheffield had its share of trees and lorries (and in our case the office false ceiling) going over but it was nothing like those around the coast and higher up. A friend in Loughborough had a tree go through the house and my mother in South Leicestershire had to evacuate a garden centre as the roof collapsed. It seems very little of the country was affected in some way or another.

If any of you were lacking in leaves this weekend to sweep up they're all in our garden! I've near filled the wheelie bin (three compost bins are already full).

If anyone hears of ways to donate to residents / organisations badly affected by the recent weather please let me know. I realise its nothing like the Philippines have suffered but it would be nice to know there was still a bit of charity good will in those that are able to help our own country after managing to donate such an amazing amount for others.


Posted: 08/12/2013 at 07:39


Posted: 06/12/2013 at 16:24

Oh don't mention food. My stomach is rumbling so loudly (even though I've had my lunch) people think its my mobile phone vibrating on the desk! 

Its almost the weekend. What ever you're up too - have fun!

Compost bin

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 14:18

They look really well built. Can you still read your gas meter though or is that not their final resting position?

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