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Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 18:44

Firstly welcome back Verd.

I have to say I noticed Charlie was very "down to earth" grumpy and we'll... scruffy. But if she were all tarted up it would hardly be practical. No one scrubs up that well in a muddy the shirt. As for weight; she'll not be the only one amongst us!

To the programme though; it doesn't suit my style I'm afraid. Quick fix and instant benefits rather than a long term project but who would watch a programme that took six months before you saw the glam result (seriously: who? get them over here I need their TV budget to get my garden done!)

Planting out potted raspberries

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 18:37

Andy: just remember there are people out there who don't know which way to plant a bulb. You'll not have been the only person to have done this!


Posted: 17/07/2016 at 14:56

My robotic vacuum cleaner took a funny turn one day and after that would take to launching itself off the stairs or could be found on its side humping the bin.

It became a party game that no matter where you put it it would find its way to a bin to hump.

I used to find however that it struggled with my neighbours cat hair (used to come over to have a break from the children) so I can't see it cope with Reggie.

I'm dreaming of wooden floors.

Ob; what a coincidence it was my partner who choose the vacuum. He is meant to be in charge of the vacuuming but being an extra foot taller the dirt is harder to spot from his vantage point so I normally end up doing it. The machine is too heavy for me to use so I have to crawl around on my hands and knees with it.

You know if I take a Stanley knife to the lounge carpet surely even if his lordship complains it'll be too late to do anything about it....

Does putting slate on your pots help keep the soil moist?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 14:13

I didn't realise that mulch was also things like slate. I always assumed it pine needles, manure, aged compost, wood chippings. Things that would eventually rot down eventually and should be reapplied each year.


Posted: 17/07/2016 at 12:56

Gosh Joyce! I'm doing the housework in my pants and a t shirt liberated from my partner as it's so hot here. Don't worry I closed the curtains!

Trying very hard to get all the chores done but horrors... the Dyson has died and the engineer won't be out until 2nd August. Anyone with a long haired animal will understand my pain.

The washing machine is going all guns I'm not going to miss the opportunity to enjoy not having clothes drying in the house!

Right I'd best get back to business and resist the urge trip the lounge carpet up.

Does putting slate on your pots help keep the soil moist?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 12:49

Yes I realise mulch does. But this is not suitable for my carnivorous plants as they, like teenagers, like to be so very hard done too and made to suffer at all opportunities.

Perhaps I should, in order to keep the answers I received on point, have phrased the question;

Does putting slate chippings around a plant in a pot have any negative effects?

Could they in actual fact dry (think causing thermal evaporation) the plant out rather than lock moisture in as is the intention?

Decorative furniture covers

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 12:43

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Raising plants to sell for local Gardening Club funds

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 12:42

Have you tried using this website to sell plants on?

You might even find new members through it.

Does putting slate on your pots help keep the soil moist?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 11:52

As I walk around my garden I wondered does putting slate chippings on your pots help stop them dry out? Or offer any other benefit than making them look tidier.



Posted: 15/07/2016 at 07:37

Morning all. Hard to get enthusiastic for the summer holidays when so many people have lost their reasons to smile.

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