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Latest posts by Clarington

Lawn treatment

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 10:08

I've never seen this before (I only use Westland products on the lawn). Does the aftercut request you dilute the product or is it poured straight on? (Just wondering whether it is possible to overdose the lawn).

Hurry up Friday!

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 10:06

Partner is having a "Land Rover" day working on a mates truck on Saturday so I'm off to the museum I volunteer out to help sort out paperwork and varying levels of dust. Watch Saturday be the only good day we have

I don't think its any colder here yet (10'C outside when I got home gone 23:00 last night) although it certainly is damper! What a cracking storm we had yesterday - first "proper" thunder and lightening I've seen for a while.

Hoping the weather wont be too bad on Sunday / Monday. We're at a bit of a stale mate as to what we can do in the garden before we spend any more money but I am rather tempted to very prematurely clear two flower beds (one will still be flowers, the other used for herbs) as respite from all the digging that's going on to create the vegetable garden! Eventually we're going to have diged all there is to dig in that patch! Then I get to dig the foundations and area for the new greenhouse.


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 16:28

Oh wow Dove! (Admittedly the larvae are ugly devils but the finished piece is often so beautiful!!)


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 15:44
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

They're gorgeous  but they'd probably eat my tadpoles 

Oh unfortunately they do. We used to decant the spawn into another pond but now there is so much plant life that there's whole areas that the fish don't / can't get too which seems to work.

I've read about using pond plant pots to protect tadpoles by sinking one into the pond and putting the spawn into that so the fish can't get at them. I'll bare it in mind should the frogs in our garden ever decide our pond is acceptable!

Hoping to finish the pond this coming month - just the timber frame to build around it ready for BBQ season! Although I'm considering some more plants to fill in the spaces even if they're only there til the existing ones are more mature.

You can never have enough plants, right?


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 15:19

Ha ha! Not quite that big Dove. But they're very very dark colours and so suddenly appear at the surface before you see them. Certainly I think they' could have my thumb off if I got too close*. (tried to take a video of them but I'm not sure it worked terribly well).


*I know logically they wouldn't but that doesn't stop my keeping my distance!!

Onions and potatoes

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 14:21

I only planted my second batch of potatoes this weekend. My early batch are growing like plants possessed! I'm planting in bags (garden isn't ready for potatoes yet).

My onions are growing really well - I put a few in pots last autumn (as I was moving house) and these look much smaller than the ones growing directly in the ground even though there was a four month gap  between them.

Can I ask - how many times do people cover their potatoes up? I'm on my third covering (a couple of inches each time) as I covered them up again yesterday to ensure they're protected from the impending frosts. Sorry if I've asked this before!


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 14:16
Verdun wrote (see)

Ah, Dove. When I first had a pond I had to dash out to see the goldfish.  They got used to me coming with their food and it was mesmerising.  Think you are going to enjoy your pool just a little 

Our two little fishes are getting used to the idea of us walking by - before they would go and hide in their drain pipes until they were sure we had gone. Fathers on the other hand are so used to people now (he's had the pond over 20 years) that they COME to the surface when you open the window by the pond as they associate it with feeding time! He feeds them by hand - I'm afraid I just drop the pellets above their huge mouths they're too big a fish for me to be confident near!


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 10:06

That looks a wonderful harvest!

how to deter cats from fouling in your garden

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:52

That's a clever idea if it works. I wonder if its possible to put some kind of similar thing on your side of the garden so that if you've a neighbour you don't talk too you could put it on the fence (esp. if you own the fence) without complaint that their cat can no longer get out their garden into yours.

This year's lodgers

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 09:46

Gosh that sounds just wonderful. I grew up next to a Church so every night in the garden you'd be able to lay there feeling the bats speed past you til your nerve broke.

Since moving I haven't seen as much wildlife (it is definitely more urban here) which for me is a great shame. I'm hoping as the seasons pass I will be able to add little things (hedgehog boxes, another insect hotel...) to encourage any passing visitors to spend some time enjoying the garden as much as I do. Certainly with my collection of bird feeders (they're currently going through 18kg a fortnight week of seed) we're seeing more finches, a couple of blackbirds, the resident robin (who is most fond of the meal worms we're providing), fat pigeons, but unfortunately very few blue tits and such like.

Since adding the pond we've seen three frogs - since I can't see a pond for a good distance on good old google earth I do wonder where they've come from!

Discussions started by Clarington

Front "garden" needs some inspiration!

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When is it ready to harvest? 
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Spring tulips and daffodils in my strawberry beds?

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loved gardening quotes

what are your favourites?  
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KEF & her juicy bits

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How is everyone else getting on? 
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Can anyone identify these roots / bulbs?

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Fungus on ones strawberries!!

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Plantus Unidentifidous

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Transplanting Grass

June transplant to cover the bald spots! 
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A collection of unknown plants requiring identifying.

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Heated propagators

When do you decant the seedlings? 
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Evergreen Grass With Purple Flowers In Summer

Lost its ID tag in the move - can you identify it? 
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