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Latest posts by Daintiness

sand for plants?

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 21:53

Hi, on my local freegle site there is an offer of a bag of fine sand - the sort for brushing in between block paving. I was wondering if I could use it the make up sandy compost or use on the lawn. Anyone know?

Water butt not filling

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 21:39

Kjdintown, I put mesh in the gutter  over the top of the down pipe and clean it out regularly - therefore removing all gunk before it gets down the down pipe and into my water butt. I have my water butts joined to a single storey down pipe though!

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 23:15

Great to see so many people from the beeb board and to have an editor/host  who responds -  answers questions, posts and listens!

gws thompson morgan offers

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 23:10

I had the same problem with the free petunias offer as well when I went on the Thomson site, it didn't recognise the code. I managed to access it through the gardeners world site in the end and am now awaiting their arrival.

Rain water

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 22:58

I put a piece of radiator hose from an old car on mine. They come with jubilee clips on and I hooked it on to the edge to hold it in place. Has worked a treat for years. I tried to buy the green house attachments - complete waste of time and money as they kept falling off - my green house is fairly old and it seemed nothing would work on it.

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 16:48

I agree with Dragon 87 - do you want stripes? do you want a bowling green? My patch is uneven in places and I went for mower with no roller, with a pull string start - as a  woman sometimes I don't have enough oomph to start it and feel next time I'll pay the extra for a push button start. I went for a mower that has 4 different heights as different parts of my garden serve different purposes.

Plastic or metal - my first lawnmower was all metal and I was using Hammerite on it toward the end of its life. This one is metal/plastic. I have found the grass bag more flimsy on this model but it holds more. Mine is a mountfield and has a Briggs and Stratton engine, which has run fine for the last  5-6 yrs - I change the oil regularly and clean the air filter too. I think I got it from B n Q where I could have a good fiddle with all aspects of the machine before I then went about looking for the best price... happy shopping.

Ponds for wildlife

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 16:33

Oops! I think I should have put in the word 'over' - I meant that  when a pond freezes over completely, there is a lack of oxygen entering the pond and in this environment wildlife could die - however, Wrightt seems to be in a mild area of the country so this aspect doesn't affect him/her.

Ponds for wildlife

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 20:42

I think it is the depth that probably attracts them. One metre is probably not deep enough for overwintering frogs as it can freeze completely. With the extra depth in your other pond and a good entry/exit point it would be more favourable to wildlife.

Newbie requires help

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 20:37

I agree with Salino's id. There must be a mature bush locally that the birds feed on and then deposit the seeds in your garden. It is a lovely bush - google it and take a look.

Pound shop plants- any success stories?

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 20:29

Haggled over a sorry looking,bare rooted 6ft Rowan tree in Aldi a few weeks ago. Got it for £3. Gave it a good soak before planting, dug a generous hole with added muck, staked, watered and mulched it and tah dah - now in leaf and looking great.

Oh I get so much satisfaction and pleasure from such a buy!

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