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Garden tools utility belt

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 17:15
Yviestevie says:

Like that website Dove, lots of pretty things.

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 Useful presents Yvie - I'm often stumped for ideas for SIL's birthday but she's a gardener and flower arranger and I often find stuff for her on sites like that. 

Garden tools utility belt

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 16:54

Topbird - I used ones like that for keeping the grooming kit in when we had horses - they're so useful for so many things 


Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:57

Yes, dig it out carefully - cut a circle and try to peel it back, perhaps using a knife of even a wall-paper  or paint scraper type thing.  I don't like stone mulches - I think they absorb the heat of the sun and can dry the soil out beneath them, or even get the roots too warm.

I'd top up with some loam (JI No 3) mixed with some leafmould or similar.  And then every year I'd feed and then mulch with either homemade compost or bought in soil conditioner or well rotted manure.  

Do the blackbirds really make a lot of mess - they don't here and we have a lot of them - won't Dudley see them off? 

Raised Beds Look High!

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:18

We have a raised bed the length of our garden edged by two sleepers on edge - you  need some trailing plants to break up the solid appearance of the edge 

Last edited: 17 March 2017 15:18:47

Suggestions on what to do!!

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:14

If it's south facing, I'd get a really large square container and fill it with sempervivums.


Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:08

I would always have a clear circle around the base of a shrub, tree or climber - a diameter of around 75 cm is good.  That prevents your plant having to compete with the grass for water and nutrients and enables you to feed and mulch your plant.  It also avoids the possibility of damage to the bark on the trunk of your plant by being bashed by the mower or ripped by a strimmer.  

It looks as if there's grass growing between your wisteria trunk and the support - how on earth do you cut that - scissors? 

A good clear  circle of earth will make your life much easier as well as be better for your wisteria.  

Say Hi to Dudley from me   He's a sweetie. 

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Posted: 17/03/2017 at 14:58

Yay!  I just picked a winner at 16-1 ....... shame I never bet isn't it 

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Posted: 17/03/2017 at 14:53

Think you may need to batten down the hatches over the weekend Fairy - and your water butts may get filled up 

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Posted: 17/03/2017 at 14:15

Brrrrrrrrrrr!  I've just been out to get the washing in - it's bitter out there - let me go out again and check the temp - well, it says it's 11.3C but that's without the Wind Chill Factor -  it feels more like 3C - I've put the heating on, my hands feel too cold to hold the  knitting needles ...

Yes Hosta, you can have two, or even three ...... Fairy, the kettle's on ............... 

Unknown Plant

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 13:16

My experience has been the same as Buttercups - I've had many pets and farm animals - none have ever been the slightest bit interested in, nor harmed by the many foxgloves I've grown in my gardens nor the wild ones growing on our hedgebanks and in our woodland.   

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