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Gardening Tool help

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:44

Hi Joshua

One thing I would really love for my garden is a frame with netting across to place over my wildlife pond to keep falling tree leaves out of the pond in the autumn - it sounds simple, but it needs to be easily folded up quite small and stored away in the garage for the rest of the year, and then easily opened up and placed over the pond in the autumn. 

The base of the framework needs to be raised off the lawn so that frogs etc can get in and out of the pond and the netting needs to be kept taut so that birds don't get entangled.   I've been thinking about how to make something like this all year but am stumped - it probably needs an engineering undergraduate's brain rather than an artist's

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:28

I don't think that's a problem David - it's human nature to try to find a shared experience in order to show empathy

Snow Damage to Californian Lilac

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:12

I'd replace it - they do hate root disturbance so what has happened sounds like bad news to me.  Rather than waste a year trying to save it I'd grasp the nettle and hoik it out now and get another one - perhaps a deciduous one this time to try to guard against snow damage?


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:06

The birds certainly think that spring's on the way Clari - all sorts of Woodpigeon shenanigans going on out there this lunchtime, plus Mr and Mrs Blackbird and Mr and Mrs Bluetit very obviously paired up.

By the way, if Hostafan's about - just wanted to wish him and his OH a lovely holiday - hope his gammy knee doesn't stop them having a fantastic time.  Don't worry about  your garden, we'll keep an eye on it for you

Pruning Raspberries

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:12

If they're summer fruiting raspberries then the canes that fruited last summer are likely to have been tied to the supports while the new canes are loose and will need tieing in.

When did the previous owner vacate the plot?  That might give us another clue

What's on your wishlist?

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 11:39

I've always wanted one of these - I think I might have found room for it

Pruning Raspberries

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 11:32

Are there any newer looking canes which don't show any signs of having borne fruit?  If so then I think you've got summer ones - prune out the old ones and leave the younger ones, tying them in to a supporting framework.

If all the canes look about the same age then they're likely to be autumn fruiting - cut them all down to ground level. 

If there's a supporting framework in place that might also give you a clue as summer fruiting raspberries need a taller support than autumn ones.


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 10:58

I had a wireless remote weather station for Christmas Lesley - I'd asked Father Christmas for a rain gauge but he brought the all singing all dancing version.  We just haven't set it up yet - not quite sure where to put it as it needs to be fixed to a fence post or similar - I'm trying to find somewhere that isn't in a rainshadow from the trees or next door's garage or similar ....


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 09:13

Anyone else watching the tennis?

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