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Did the gardening help you to lose weight?

Posted: 07/11/2017 at 17:17

Thought I'd accidentally clicked on WeightWatchers for a moment there..

I'm now waiting for the advert Philippa......

No - it makes no difference would be my answer (in case it's a genuine query) but then again, it depends on the kind of 'gardening' you do. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 06/11/2017 at 07:51

Morning all/afties Pat. The wood burner would be handy here!

Cars all look frosted and a lovely sunrise here. I don't get a good enough site here to get sunrise photos though. The 'Ben' had lost most of her snow by the time I came home LP.  On the south side anyway. She'll get more soon though. I was thinking of doing Ben Venue recently - not been on that for a long time  

Dach - the plant just needs it's tlc by the look of it. I'm sure it'll recover 

Robin redbreast

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 20:22

A hanging feeder with a good quality seed mix will help, and one with sunflower hearts. They do prefer to ground feed, so you can put a little bit out each day in a convenient spot, but they'll adapt to a hanging feeder too. Some of the fat balls or blocks broken up are also good, and it'll attract other small birds too. If you can put out a dish of water for drinking and bathing, that's always good. Something shallow - a seed tray or similar is perfect, especially if you put a couple of small rocks and gravel at one end. That allows access, and provides a shallow area for  insects to drink as well  

Cheese is great too as pansyface says. 

Leaf Scorch / die back on Acer Sangu Kaku

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 20:15

I'd reckon planting a 15 yr old tree was always going to be a risk, unless you really know what you're doing.

Adding to that by planting it in a less than ideal location, and it's not surprising it hasn't really thrived. Without adequate watering until fully established, a mature shrub or tree will struggle. That's the main reason for the shrivelling and die back. The preparation  of the hole it's planted in is also important in getting anything mature established.

You may be too late in trying to do anything about it now. Pruning it back to a healthy point at each stem might help, but if it's in a windy exposed site, it will always find it tough to look good.

Sorry if that's not very encouraging, but you may have to resort to moving it to a better (and well prepped ) spot, cutting it back and crossing your fingers. 

Large lawn

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 19:36

How sharp are the mower blades?  The grass looks scalped and ripped more than anything. 

I don't see how it can go from a bowling green to being lumpy and bumpy in six months though - unless there's been animal intervention of some sort, or it's being used excessively. If it's spongy, that suggests there are issues due to weather/climate, soil and aspect. Moss can be spongy for instance, and that's usually due to shady conditions. 

It's very difficult to make suggestions without seeing a big area, and having more info.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 19:24

They're doing roadworks or something on the M8 - the usual slip road onto it was closed, so there was a bit of a convoluted diversion (near the airport)  but it wasn't too bad as the roads were fairly quiet. The accident going home was causing most of the hold up , as we all had to maneouvre round a lorry which was protecting the car(s) involved. Fine once I got past that. Home early anyway  

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 19:05

Cairngorms have had a snow for a few weeks, but that's the first lot in the west. Nothing to frighten the horses, just a few inches, but it made for a grand day  

Drive was good on the way out Joyce - but a diversion to get onto the Erskine Bridge, then a queue/traffic jam coming home as there was an accident before the turn off for Paisley, and it was already down to one lane. Not as bad as last week thankfully! Home in time to roast a ham and have several cups of tea 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 18:09

I hate the r*ddy things(satnav) Refuse to have one, and didn't use the one in the previous car.

Not good news re your knees Dove. Hope you can get it sorted - or at least, find something which helps.

Went to do a 'local' hill today at the Rest and be Thankful  (one I've done lots of times) and knees were fine. I wonder if they were so bad last week because I haven't been out doing anything at all. Who knows. At least I didn't go ar*e over t*t today either! 

The usual worrying amount of people out ill equipped for the conditions. Ho hum, what can you do. 

Good views and a bit of sun at the summit, so it was all good. 

Noise from traffic

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 17:46

What a scunner, SGardener. They're a pain in the butt on the Loch Lomond road up here. The way they weave in and out is the biggest issue. They all gather at The Green Welly Stop at Tyndrum to do the 'admiring' ...

I often think the same about alarms on houses. Do people think you have something worth nicking if you have one? 

Hosta - 'head in sand' syndrome re cars....

Reporting hostas

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 17:40

Ach - away an stoap greetin' Hosta...ya big wean....

It's ok - I'll deal with 'em all later - after I've had my dinner  

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