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Providing water for bees and insects

Posted: Yesterday at 20:06

I turn the lid of my water butt upside down which gives a shallow basin.  It already has a central raised bit and a handful of gravel added is perfect for the bees and there's a  handy water supply as well as it is all round the other side of the building from any tap

Selecting trees for a mini orchard

Posted: Yesterday at 20:02

Are you on Carboniferous limestone or something more diggable?

Got some new Pots today guess how much?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:26

There's a Range in Dorchester.  I was doubtful at first but I am amazed at the huge variety of goods and the prices.  They didn't have your pots there earlier this week or I'd have been tempted by them. The ones on my trolley cost £7.95 for the two and are labelled frost resistant! And that's out of a regular garden centre.  I have to confess that I also came away with one or two plants as well

Got some new Pots today guess how much?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:06

I had to pick something up from a road  in which there's a garden centre.  On my way back the car just turned in the gate of its own accord so I thought I might as well have a look round.  The entrance was full of pots two for the price of one.  I don't usually buy 'pot' pots because of weight but couldn't resist a bargain and did choose the smallest ones.  About 10" high and across.  Quite where I'm going to put them is another matter


Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 21:22

Inmates could be considered an accurate description of some of them. It's a lot better than it was though as they used to put all the dodgy ones out in the villages to lessen the problems in the towns. When I moved here everybody else was older than me and some often admired the flowers or even did a bit of weeding or brought bedding plants back from the market.  Now two occupants are the same age as my offspring and three are young enough to be my grandchildren and don't even think to sweep the path past their front doors.  It's a block of 6 and two stories so there isn't a  lot of border space but it is stuffed full of as many different plants as I can cram in hence the containers so I can switch with the seasons.  Tulips are just beginning to bloom and my pink heathers and 'elephant ears' are a picture, the daffodils, jonquils and irises are still in good health, there's primroses and polyanthus, pansies and violas and most of the shrubs and roses are sending out fresh shoots now. You can probably tell I'm quite pleased with it but that's partly because the weather has been a lot kinder than usual

Few newbie questios (mainly tomatoes)

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 18:44

Practically everything I grow is in a container of some sort.  Florists buckets and various size and shape plastic, only choosy re the colour!  I drill small holes in them an inch or so from the base which gives me a reservoir. I also have various metal containers mostly rescued from material dumped in laybys, car parks, hedges etc.  With a bit of luck they already have drainage one way or another.  Most of it I can shift so I have a sheltered spot for the spring stuff going over which presently has similar containers full of perennials ready for the summer and spares for baskets and pots of summer bedding.  As my 'garden' is strips round a block of flats I also have a very useful trolley to move the bigger pots along the paths.  I grew tomatoes last year in canvas bags and they did very well indeed.  I will definitely be doing that again

Serious reminder folks....

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 22:45

My birthday is 22nd July.  That was really annoying as it was always just before we broke up for the summer holidays (a loooooong time ago).  And although occasionally the 22nd was a Friday I was away at school during the week with a long coach journey home that day every week and I didn't travel well to add to my travail

Help, I'm young and completely clueless.

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 18:27

And the 'soil' is possibly clay as well as compacted.  London clay makes very good bricks!

Slugs and Roofing Felt

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 12:01

The slow worms  prefer dry, the grass snakes prefer ponds.   There's a large pond close by the drive into the park and I've seen adults but they move like lightning. The young grass snake was in trouble with the rough surface of the drive and I rescued him before he would have got run over.  Same with the adder, it isn't often you see them in the open let alone a frequently used track.  Used to see them sunning themselves on top of walls when out on my horse which they took no notice of.  A camera and a lively horse though was not a good combination

Slugs and Roofing Felt

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:01

The grass snake is a baby about 12" long and was struggling to cross the drive into the Park, the adder, also a baby, was rather annoyed with my dog who thought it was a stick on the old railway track we often walk.  Fortunately I was able to call Scout off before any damage was done to either of them and I removed the adder to the long grass.


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