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Growing rice in the UK

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 17:49

I'm assuming this is a wind up? 

I can't see how it would ever be viable in Britain - no matter how 'mild' it gets in extremely wet areas. 

How long does garden screening last?

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 17:31

I have some of the split bamboo stuff and I wouldn't really recommend it, but my weather conditions may also contribute to the poor lifespan.

I reckon you could use standard outdoor paints on it though, which may help prolong it's life. 

Help - how do I grow a lawn in Clay-y silt?

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 17:27

I have to agree with Dave here Steve. There's no cheap, easy solution. Shed loads of grit and manure to open the soil and possibly proper drains put in as well. If you absolutely have to have real grass, it's a biggish outlay whichever way you go.

If it's not a huge area, I'd opt for my first suggestion, but you will have to wait a while before it's really ready to lay turf or sow seed. You can do all the donkey work yourself though, which saves a bit.

Alternatively - and without seeing it, it's purely theoretical - you could create a raised lawn with a timber or blockwork retaining wall. You can then fill with a better mix of soil, compost and grit before laying turf etc. Still a bit of expenditure though  


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 16:57

Liri - it's ridiculous how hard it is to get any satisfaction during phone calls isn't it? 

I'll be warm enough - I stopped shaving my legs at Christmas , so I have a look of Chewbacca about my lower limbs now.... 


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 16:46

It's across Central and Borders (as well as the usual north)  Lesley. Looking very pretty - for now....

Changed my car insurance last night. Big increase for the renewal so I'm off...found a better deal  

Verdun - I'm going to get you to come on your holidays to Scotland next year.

Next January 



Posted: 08/01/2016 at 16:18

Glad you're on the mend KEF - you need to eat more porridge and less pasta...

It's been snowing here for the past two hours - and if it carries on there will be a fair accumulation. It could be worse though. Looks like it may freeze though - it's not really got above zero or one today and it's back to below now. The birds are wearing boots and hats now - and carrying snow shovels....

Pat - if you go into your server settings, you should be able to determine the pages you want immediately when you open your 'pooter'. I have mine set to open the main Yahoo /email page and this forum. I then just click on latest posts. I never log out the forum either. 



Posted: 08/01/2016 at 08:11

Hosta - 

My ex used to say that when we went up to Nevis area to walk. 'Will we go and stay at the gays!'  There was a fantastic place run by two gay chaps. One was chef and the other did front of house. He was brilliant, and the food and accomodation were superb.

I put a link on here to the  walkhighlands site, a couple of pages back,  about the castle as you'd asked about it. They're shoring up the non exisitent bank but I don't know how it'll go 


Posted: 08/01/2016 at 07:57

Morning/afties all. Hope you can see everyone now Pat  

Frozen here this morning  - should have covered the car. Not sure if any gritters have been out as it was 50/50 whether it was to be freezing or or sleet/rain Everything is very sparkly. Getting worse up north though. Unbearable for many communities there as some are now completely cut off, and snow and freezing temps are coming in. 

doc - your 'neighbour' situation sounds intolerable. I think Verdun's tight about trying to make headway - but I can understand how much that would stick in your craw. I don't know what I'd do if I was you.

This crazy climate

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 19:27

Goldfinches are thin on the ground here unfortunately, David. I'm hoping I might gradually get more types of birds in though - there was a goldcrest at one  feeder yesterday which is great. Used to get a flock of long tailed tits regularly at my house round the corner from here too 

I'm just pleased the blackies are keen to hang around. They get through at least one apple a day as well, which I stick into the ground with a metal skewer. 

Alternatives to Buxus hedge?

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 19:18

The smaller leaved ones tend to be a bit hardier BL. Biggest problem up here is wet, so if they get adequate drainage and a sheltered position, most of those do ok. We tend to get overall very low temps right through winter (between zero and three/four degrees) rather than spells of very hard frost.

I'd agree though - a spell of minus five or below for more than a few days can be dicey - for the bigger leaved varieties especially  

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