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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:54

Is it real teak?  If so it doesn't need any treatment and is quite ok left outside.  We have a set of teak garden furniture which we bought second hand and we leave it outside 365 days of the year.  It's lovely to be able to sit out on the terrace with a cup of coffee on a sunny midwinter morning.

We like the silver patina of naturally aged teak so we don't even oil it.  Teak is such a hard wood that it doesn't need any preservative.  We just give ours a good scrub over once or twice a year with a stiff bristle scrubbing brush to get rid of dust and grime.

If you prefer the honey-coloured look you can sand the teak to remove the patina and then oil the timber.

Don't use plastic covers on teak furniture - they trap moisture and can cause rot - it's far better to leave it in the open air to breathe.

Bulb advice please plus future plans

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:38

Looks like really good hedgehog habitat - have you seen any hedgehog poo around? Will you be able to keep some undergrowth for them?


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:29

I've got to dash into the city first thing this morning, so I'm hoping that this weather is going to hold so I can make good use of it this afternoon.  

The lovage in the herb garden needs cutting down (it's about 9 ft tall) before it seeds everywhere, and there's some pricking out and potting on to be done 

Geranium attack!

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:25

Some people's lives take unexpected turns and they're not always able to follow things up immediately (sometimes never ) .  I try to assume that something's happened which means the OP is now thinking of other things rather than that they are being deliberately rude - that is unless they make a habit of it, in which case I blame their parents - they probably didn't make them write thank you letters after Christmas! 


Posted: 07/09/2013 at 07:18

Good morning all   Sorry Stacey, we've got bright sunshine and blue skies over here 

I'm happy to see the rain because ...

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 21:50

We've had some drizzle but nothing heavy - although drizzle is good to start with after a prolonged dry spell as it softens up the ground a bit and lets future rain soak into the soil.  Heavy rain falling onto dry ground can cause problems.

I need more rain here over the next couple of months - I've got to dig a big new border at the front of the house this winter 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 21:47

I think Verdun is trying to fool us - I think he's probably a retired pop star or someone trying to hide his celebrity status 

how to freez onions

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 06:30

Or if you have any old laddered pairs of tights, you can cut them into individual legs, pop your onions inside and hang them up somewhere cool and dry.  To use them just cut a hole in the foot and take the onion out and tie a loose knot in it .... 

Another foxglove question and a rose cutting question

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 06:17

Re the rose cuttings - I'd put them in a cool corner of the garden rather than in the greenhouse and then ignore them for at least 9 months, just ensuring that they don't get dried out next summer.  

If you've got the space, it's far better to put the cuttings in a slit trench in the garden rather than a pot, then you really can just leave them to get on with it - here's how to do it 


Posted: 06/09/2013 at 06:12

I love watching insects, especially bees and wasps of all sorts - absolutely beautiful and fascinating creatures 

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