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Posted: 19/11/2014 at 07:47

Morning all. Hope you have a good trip chicky  - keep MrsG on speed dial 

Dry this morning and I'm putting washing out in a minute or three. Excellent parent's night - apparently she's a teacher's dream...not sure that's the appropriate comment from a young male teacher though.... 

Take it easy DD - those roses will wait a day or two.

Off for a quick look round before I go. Have a good day everyone 

Small pond

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 08:07

And easier to get round any awkward bits in the ground too! I had to negotiate various lumps and bumps doing my little pond DD but it's almost two feet deep at the left hand end with a little beached edge at the other where there is a small dead tree stump. I used a piece of shaped polystyrene in a previous pond to prevent freezing.  If you can imagine a block of it with a half sphere removed on one side. I sat it upside down on the water creating a little air pocket which never froze. I tied it on to a shrub at the side to stop it blowing away. Worked a treat 

You can use old blankets or something similar as underlay for the liner too. A small liner won't be expensive, and Verd's right - 30 cm is very shallow and will heat up and get a bit manky in summer, and freeze more readily in winter. Even a small area at a good depth will help.

Talkback: Trees for small gardens revisited

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 08:00

I love the ornamental pear - Pyrus salicifolius but more importantly, I love reading anything James writes. Always amusing and entertaining and his descriptions often make me laugh out loud 

Love those three Sorbus as well Salino

Talkback: Lambs' ears and woolly bees

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 07:51

Dividing is the usual way sterelitza, but do it in spring when everything's starting into growth and the new divisions will grow away well. 


Posted: 18/11/2014 at 07:40

Morning all. Dry here but work for me so no outside stuff will get done.

Last ever parent's night for me tonight chicky. She's had a good report and is only doing three main subjects so it won't take long. Can't believe my youngest child will leave school in a few months time  No more ironing of white shirts - hurray! 

Off for a quick look round as I wasn't on last night.

Have a good day everyone.

Building a garden bed over cement plzzzz help

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 08:14

Need the depth as well DrG. It's just basic maths -  width x depth x height. If the bed's that area it's approx  5m x 5m - so 25 sq metres. At a depth of 1 foot  - 30cm/a third of a metre, then each tonne bag ( 1 cubic metre) will fill 3 sq metres so you'd need about 8 tonne bags. Multiply up if the bed's deeper than 30 cm. As Jennifer has said - companies will work it out for you if you give them the dimensions.

 Most people would add manure/compost to that as opposed to all topsoil though. A couple of handfuls of Blood, fish and bone per square metre will benefit any planting. 


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 08:06

Morning all. Just heading to work in a moment or three. It's been wet here but dry just now and it's not cold - about 7 degrees - so can't complain.

I recorded that KEF but might not watch it now...

I can buy whatever sofa I want...the advantage of being on my own..

Hugs  for you Matty. The downside of having animals of any kind 

doc - I've plenty of digging for you to do - about another three sq metres of turf to lift, down to about 6/8 ". It's not raining here yet. I'll leave the spade out...

Have a good day all whatever you're up to 


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 08:00

Hi Barry, you'll only get around 12 to 15 plants in an area that size  as they'll each spread to about 1 foot, so you might want to get a couple of different varieties to give you a succession of fruit. Mulch in between them to keep weeds down. Then you can take runners each year to gradually replace stock. That way you won't need to buy any more plants. You can plant potted strawbs any time as long as the ground is favourable. They'll not do much now until next spring  

Plant ID - Tiny White Bell Flowers

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:55

I have Gaultherias procumbens which have tiny white bell flowers - similar to a  Pieris. They become red berries at this time of year but I still have a few flowers on some of them. Try looking that up and see if it's similar at all. 

wot to do now

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:49

Astelia of some kind? Just a thought. 

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