Latest posts by Fairygirl

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 17:23

Hi nin - I've only just seen this thread, and while I have great sympathy, there are solutions. The right to light is indeed a myth so what you have to do is make your garden as attractive as possible to distract you from the radioactive bunker next door.

My neighbour at the back currently has a converted garage, a carport , another building which houses a sauna and hot tub, and a shed which he seems to be currently adapting to make a chicken run.....   illegal here which he doesn't yet know   These run right along the rear boundary of his property so I've beavered away building a garden with plenty of all year round interest to distract me from his (also orange painted) monstrosities. A nice feature such as a huge pot, a pergola, a pond or specimen shrubs or trees on the opposite side of the plot from the shed which will make you look in that direction instead. 

Someone recently started a thread with a similar issue - a building/warehouse wall at the end of the garden, and  there was quite a few suggestions along those lines. 

Post a few photos if you can and you'll get further suggestions too. The more attractive your garden is, the less impact theirs has on you  

Creative ideas for a mystery corner please

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 22:20

How about putting in a simple bit of fence either side and growing some climbers on it to blend with the other planting. 

You could also open the path out a little as it meets the gate with a wider area of gravel. Some low growing evergreen ground cover will help it all merge.

Osmanthus or Lonicera nitida will cover the gaps too if you don't want a fence. Happy in shade and both evergreen and easy to maintain. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 22:13

I don't think care in the community actually exists Joyce. A complete myth unless you're at death's door as Lyn has described. There's no funds for it to be done properly and people like Lyn are just left to deal with it on their own.

It's a disgrace and will only get worse as we become an increasingly ageing population.



If you listen to the Archers ....

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 22:06

I also have a very good relationship with my ex husband David. He wasn't the one strangling me and dragging me around by my hair though. 

Different circumstances entirely  

Thanks for my hugs though - and have one from me  


Posted: 05/04/2016 at 22:01

Different anemones being talked about here I think...which kind do you have Angela? Is it a Japanese anemone ( late summer/autumn flowering) or the wood anemone which flower just now?


Posted: 05/04/2016 at 18:35

Bit narrow Sophie - I used the same fencing timber that I used for the boxes. On the raised beds I used slightly heavier weight timber with a bevelled edge. If you plan to use decking I'd just use some of that for the edging too. I also did that in a previous garden  

I think you can see the rounded edge on the timber in this pic



Digging up turf

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 17:28

If you use a heavy duty membrane, I don't see why not. However, bear in mind that you'll be increasing the  height of the whole area by doing that, so you may need edging of some kind to retain everything.

I did something similar last year and, although it was a lot of work removing the turf, it gave a better result.

You can hire turf strippers to remove it too - it depends how big the area is that you need to clear  

Hose (under tap mud problem)

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 17:23

You might simply need to renew the hose fittings Ben, they can wear out after prolonged use  - or it may be something as simpler as a washer needing replaced if it's the tap leaking rather than the hose. 

I'd also recommend replacing the grass directly below your tap with a bit of paving or gravel to help with any leaks. No mess then! 

Inconsistency with Nasturtium seed germination.

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 17:18

Nasturtiums are one of those plants where nothing much is gained by individual sowing into pots. Sown direct, they'll germinate and grow on just as quickly as ones which are planted out. Saves a lot of faffing!  

potted veg

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 17:14

The plastic growhouses don't offer much protection compared with proper greenhouses , so I'd keep them as they are for a bit longer Pondman. Once you move them into the next size pot, they should be ready to get hardened off a bit by putting out there.

It does depend on your own climactic conditions though - the weather can be rough and cold during April and toms need a decent nighttime temperature to thrive 

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