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Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 22:35

Oh Susie...weeds is my middle name. Actually I like the idea of  'selective weeding'. There was someone on tv some time back who said she tended her beds in the manner of a grazing animal, chomping a bit off here and there with her hand. Has anyone tried that approach?

Following on the fridge magnets theme, the one I like is 'you can look at the dust but please don't write in it'


Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 21:19

Thank you all for your really helpful comments.

Mulching sounds a good idea and keeping the lawn cut well and edged , yes every time. I'm in the process of training my husband on the edging. He hasn't quite got it yet....we've been together for 35 years but I live in hope.

I'm starting to wonder if one should actually go for opening ones garden. I confess to being reactive, not proactive (the genes I expect - blame my mother) so perhaps that's the answer.  On the other hand, life's a bit too short to get fretting about a bit of bindweed....and nettle...and bramble...cleavers....ground ivy and all the rest

Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 21:19

Oh dear,

I've spent the last few days going round gardens that are opening to the public.

How do folk manage to keep on top of the weeds and have everything looking so pristine? I've been told to tackle one bit of the garden at a time then work on the next. The trouble is if I turn my back for a day the weeds seem to be making a come back!

Apart from employing a gardener, which is out of the question for me, does anyone have any tips?

Speakers for the club

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 22:00

Well said Mike. Our group are as most a mixed bag. Some very knowledgeable, others complete beginners and most somewhere in the middle. We've had some very entertaining speakers who manage to appeal to all - a hard act to follow every time.

Onward and upward.

Speakers for the club

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:35

Thanks everyone. I should be up to speed for the next five years soon

I've been in touch with Carrie Thomas  

It's a long way for her to come for one meeting. We meet on the last Thursday of each month. Carrie suggests there if there is another club in the West Midlands/South Staffs/ Worcestershire area that meets on the last Wed or Friday we might be in business. Is there anyone out there???


Speakers for the club

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 21:54

Thanks Dovefromabove.

I looked at her site and would be very interested. I think Swansea may be too far away (we're in South Staffs) but I will contact her to check.

Thanks again,


Speakers for the club

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:48

Thanks Nutcutlet, you've given me some good pointers there.


Ants in the lawn

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:43

I sorted out my red ants this week. Digging with my spade at arms length - so that they didn't invade my private spaces - I dug out the nest, put it in one of those big bucket things and chucked them all in the canal (I'm lucky to have one at the bottom of my garden)... and so the circle of life continues. There were lots of fish ripples around for some time. If you don't have a canal handy a bucket of water might do the trick!

solar powered water feature

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 23:59

I used to design and make decorative fountains and have a bubble fountain operating on a solar panel that has been in the garden for nearly nine years without problems. I used to hear all sorts of complaints about SP pumps breaking down but these always turned out to be cheap Far Eastern imports.

Solar pumps are great if you choose the right one. The variation in flow as a result of changing light levels is fascinating but can cause problems if they are used in the wrong water feature eg a spouting mask may become a dribbling one when the sun goes behind a cloud. The water may well then just drp down the wall and empty the catch bowl. The opposite can also happen and strong light can cause a spouting fountain  to spout too fiercely and ditto - an empty container.

If you do go for solar choose carefully, get expert advice and be prepared to buy the best. My old one is an Oase one and it has been brilliant.

Ants in the lawn

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 23:44

Thanks everyone for such a variety of responses to this problem.

I don't think anyone has mentioned the pain that can be inflicted by red ants. I was happily weeding a flower border last week when I felt a sharp pain, like a thorn under my tshirt. It was a red ant. Unknown to me I had another lurking that went on to sting elsewhere. These lumps lasted almost a week and were intensely itchy. Maybe I'm over sensitive but they were no joke. I'd hate our young grandchildren to be attacked.

I have put out bait stations but can't see where the nest is - under a big plant I guess. Does anyone know if nematodes work if you can't water them directly onto the nest?

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