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Dave Morgan

Latest posts by Dave Morgan

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 10:50

I could rent you out one of my cats, he's a very adept squirrel hunter, doesn't leave much behind either, just the odd tail!

Lemon Grass

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 19:46

Keep it where it is, bring it in if it gets really cold.

Honey Bees and Bonfires

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 19:45

20 - 30 ft. Even if it's cool, be safe as running from a beehive isn't fun, I've done it in a clients garden, trust me, it hurts!


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 19:42

It's usual to lift dahlia's and turn them upside down to drain off excess moisture from the tubers. The only trouble with leaving them in pots is that they can rot fairly quickly. I'd lift them, brush them off, the frost we will be having will kill off the top growth, turn them upside down for a week or so and then store them over winter in dry compost/ sand/paper bags and start them off in spring. It's better than losing them. Even in GH over winter, rot is the main cause of losing tubers.

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 18:57

Shotgun Bookertoo! Sorry a non native tree rat introduced by the Victorians. You have my commiserations. 

Winter 2014/15

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 09:25

That was the Daily Express a forecaster with with a 0% accuracy rating!

Perennial planting time?

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 09:19

The ground still has some heat in it claire, although that will be changing soon.Why not pot them, then bury the pots in the ground, this will stop the pots freezing solid in winter, and give you options next spring. They wont grow hardly at all, and having little space, this could be the best option. A cold frame is fine as well but you may need to cover it if temperatures really drop. A colder than average winter is currently forecast, so if it were me I'd take the first option.

Block pave a patio

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 09:14

Block paving is laid on a 2-3 inch bed of sharp sand anyway, so laying on top is an option, however, does the current patio have a slope for drainage? Laying on top of concrete is all well and good, but drainage will be the issue.

I can't see a one inch base being a real problem, a sledge hammer would break it up easily. If it's a foot then yes you'll need a jack hammer.

The sharp sand base is usually compacted using a vibrating plate, which is the best way of ensuring a firm foundation, and you get very close to level by using it.

Lifting concrete slabs shouldn't be difficult you just need to get under the first one with a spade or bar. The foundation is probably sharp sand and cement, if it's concrete someone has gone over the top laying it. Might be a body underneath!

It depends on the finish you want, to do the best job you really need to get rid of the lot and start fresh.

Winter 2014/15

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 22:39

Oh well, you won't drown this winter, just freeze to death!

Talkback: Garlic varieties to grow

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 22:36

Jill it's possible to smoke anything, I used to smoke trout, delicious, but the principle are always the same, you either hot smoke or cold smoke things, I'm not sure whether variety makes any difference, why not just give it a go as it takes some practice.  

Discussions started by Dave Morgan

Winter 2014/15

Colder than Average Winter Advisory 
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Funny Wildlife

Squirrel V Woodpigeons 
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Best Thornproof Gloves

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Clematis for a dry bank

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Last Post: 09/04/2014 at 15:20

Peach for fan traing

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Last Post: 13/02/2014 at 21:19

Colder weather is coming!

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Last Post: 21/01/2014 at 17:54

Invasive roots from a neighbours garden

Can I remove invasive roots from my garden, 
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Last Post: 12/10/2013 at 00:56


Hold in invasive roots 
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