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Posted: 17/05/2013 at 08:09

A water scarecrow. Moveable,will make a noise and spray water 24/7 you just need an outside tap. Adjustable so you don't get the birds. Get the Contech one not cheaper ones as the reviews all say they are inferior. Have a look on amazon - expensive but by the the time you consider replacing plants, trying all the alternatives etc - lion poo, orange peel etc and failing, invaluable. I have had mine for years, it has stopped foxes pooing on the patio, protected bulbs, seedlings and newly planted plants.

Plant ID please

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:08

Difficult to see. How many petals does each flower have?


Posted: 11/05/2013 at 12:07

Erica carnea 'Jean'

Removing Slabs; Putting down a Bed

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 12:51

Ok, now I get the picture. If I were you I would leave the slabs closest to the fence in situ as there will be less light and water available there and more concrete from the foundations from the fence in that area.When you lift which ever slabs you want in the front row make sure you dig a substantial hole and back fill with good top soil etc. You certainly should be able to cover the fence with climbers or shrubs etc. Maybe you could post a picture when you finish - good luck 

Help needed in idenityfing a plant

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 21:19

Yes, I agree with Salino and nutcutlet. Looks identical to the picture in my RHS book.

Help needed in idenityfing a plant

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 19:53

Looks like a spirea but difficult to be sure without seeing the leaf as well.

Evergreen bushes

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 18:55

What sort of aspect will the pot have? N/S/E/W -Centre of garden, against a wall; sheltered; exposed; is it to screen; what style are you after? You will get a better answer if you can give a little more detail 

Removing Slabs; Putting down a Bed

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 18:38

How many slabs are we talking and how wide is the area in question? Do you have plans to reuse the slabs somewhere else in the garden? If not, you could offer them on freecycle. As for what's under them I would get rid of it. If a thing is worth doing it is worth doing well. You don't want to go to the expense of buying shrubs, preparing soil, and as Danny mentioned the issue of drainage etc only to watch them die!

Do you have access to a car? Builders bags half filled could be transported much more cheaply this way than the hiring of a skip. Or as my friend did...every week put a few pieces into her  bin bag until there was none left. Again how much are we dealing with?

Little shrubs will hopefully become big shrubs and they will look to get sustainance from the soil and also use it as an anchor - this need will only increase with the age of the plants.

Help, are these plants ok for my small wildlife pond?

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 13:53

You can grow land cress, a kind of water cress in a container. Water cress itself usuallly grows best in flowing water as far as I can remember. Land cress seeds are readily available and it crops quite quickly too.

Raised beds depth

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 12:21

It will depend what you intend to grow eg lettuce or potatoes?. If you are setting the raised bed onto open soil or setting int onto a paved surface etc. There are a lot of variables to take into consideration....let us know which ones apply to you and then we will be able to give better advice. 

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