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Posted: 26/04/2015 at 10:16

Mrs G - a horrid thing to have happened - I know a little of what you're feeling 'cos a similar thing happened to my son last year - he was jumped from behind and kicked unconscious after having told a lad off for racially abusing a shopkeeper and messing about with his car - eventually the lad was sent to the Young Offenders for a few months (second time!).  He's out now but if he puts a foot wrong again he'll go in the big boys' prison 'cos he's 18 now.  Hopefully that will be a deterrent!

I understand how difficult it is for your son to understand (concrete thinking etc) - he must want wrong doing to be punished.  Am I right in remembering he's on the autistic spectrum?  Maybe the Autistic Society can provide some counselling or at least some tips on how you can help him put the episode to bed.  Good luck ((hugs))

My lovely OH has announced that he's coming with me to visit Ma - I wasn't going to ask him but he's picked up that it's the first 'proper' visit since Pa died - he's such a great support

gardening advice programmes

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 09:44

We seem to have had a winter schedule full of gardening programmes

We've had the Big Dreams, Small Spaces series (I understand there's another one in the pipeline), and the Great British Garden Revival and the Allotment Challenge, plus programmes about the Queen's Garden etc - in fact the Telegraph talks of a 'deluge' of gardening programmes

And on GW Carol's doing the very relevant regular feature on rejuvenating a neglected garden (how many queries do we get about that on here?) .

Yes, Beechgrove is different to GW - there's no point in them both covering the same ground - to me they appear to complement each other.

What I find so hard to understand is the need for some people to declare allegiance to one programme or the other - they're not football teams!

gardening advice programmes

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 08:31

Oh dear - I hadn't realised it was a competition

Can we not enjoy both of them or watch whichever one we prefer?

I think Nutcutlet had the best suggestion

nutcutlet wrote (see)

I think what we need is a designated  thread entitled 'Whinge about GW and MD'

Then us gardeners can ignore it and get on with the real stuff of life.

Odd Bod Bird

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 08:10

That is much more than 'fluffed up feathers' .  I'm pretty certain it's a mutation.

Following on 'Advice on Lawn Problem'

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 08:05

For levelling out lumps, bumps and hollows have a look here - scroll down to the section on "Evening out minor bumps and hollows". 

Good luck

Following on 'Advice on Lawn Problem'

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 07:50

I'd leave the vigourous raking for now and let the lawn recover (it will, don't worry).

I can't really tell from the photos whether it's a weed or grass, but I would suggest more regular mowing - that grass is too long. 

Regular mowing will encourage the grass to spread out horizontally rather than upwards.  It looks to me as if the long stalks may be the grass trying to flower and seed. 

Cut the lawn at least once a week with the mower blade set at the mid level and you'll see a noticeable improvement in a few weeks. 

If the mower is chewing rather than cutting the grass cleanly get the blade sharpened or get a new one (I got a new blade for my hover mower from Amazon, or you could try

If there are still some large leaved weeds use a 'touch' weedkiller gel such as this one .

If there are still some bare patches in a few weeks' time you can rake the soil over gently and scatter some grass seed over to fill in the patches - if the soil is very dry it might be better to leave this until September which is a really good time for sowing grass seed.



Posted: 26/04/2015 at 07:19

Morning Primrose and Hosta   I'll keep my fingers crossed for you Hosta, and will stay out of your store - I once managed to freeze all the tills in a local department store!!!   Hopefully technology has come a long way since then


Posted: 26/04/2015 at 06:32

Good morning all   I hope everyone's had a good night's sleep.  Lovely pics Gg We've had more showers overnight - blackbirds busy on the lawn battling with the worms, robins taking mealworms from the dish, dunnocks scurrying around under the plants and starlings whistling from the rooftop - lovely

Olive tree growing problems

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:58

Stop watering it daily - let the soil dry out between waterings - even in the summer

Olive tree growing problems

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 19:45

Hello William

William Couch wrote (see)

Hi all,

.... What am I doing wrong?....

You're being impatient, that's all   Olives are Mediterranean plants that love sunshine and warmth - they won't grow in the sort of temperatures we've had in the UK up until now.  It'll wake up when the weather picks up. 

The thing that finishes them off more often than not is having cold and wet feet - they can cope with cold but not cold and wet.  Make sure the compost is free-draining and wrap the pot in bubblewrap in the winter and keep it dryish.



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