London (change)
Today °C / °C
Tomorrow °C / °C


Latest posts by Fairygirl

Advice on new-build garden

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 15:17

Would agree with blairs and KT about getting the developers to leave the plot in a suitable state.  Many people get the turf included in the house price but if you've not done that, it should certainly be suitable for you to complete it yourself. Builders are notorious for just dumping all the junk in the gardens. It might be worth checking your agreement, with your lawyer if necessary, and then contacting them Bob. Clearing it all is a lot of work for you to tackle yourself, and having a good base for your turf to go on really pays off 


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 14:56

Mint ones for me doc and archie. Think they have real chocolate on them now, they used to call it a 'chocolate covered coating'  

Seed compost

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 14:53

Hi Nick. I've always used multi purpose and not really had  any problems that I can think of, but I expect it depends on what seeds you're sowing too. I mainly sow salad crops and sweet peas, and occasionally other hardy annuals and perennials  


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 14:23

You're right Alan. That's the method I use and have done so ever since seeing Yorkshire chef Brian Turner doing it on telly. By volume. Works brilliantly every time. I do individual ones in  a muffin tray, so very quick.

art- lovely story. My Dad was English and  my Mum Scottish. She made them frequently for him as he loved them 

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 12:00

You're very gracious David 

Hope all goes well for you.


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 11:42

Re the spaghetti hoops fidget. It was the same growing up in our house. 

You can send me the cake 

I wonder what effect it will have on hedgehogs if they've not hibernated. Does anyone know? Perhaps Dove will.

Right- I have to do something productive or I'll be messing about on here all day. An email to a certain person first though I think........

Camera Corner

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 11:28

David that's awful. It seems a very long time to wait for it to be sorted. You have my sympathy. It's fixing the other damage done too. 

 Yes - it would be a bit chilly in the bathroom! 



Posted: 01/02/2014 at 11:14

Kef- I remember Vesta meals - the height of fashion in the late sixties/seventies. You can still get them - I saw them recently. When I was pregnant with oldest daughter, I had a craving for the beef risotto. You couldn't imagine anything less like  a risotto. I still remember my mum doing the Chinese one with the crispy noodles. Happy days 

Panda - I've just received the amended plans - he's not put the French doors in - he's shown the  alternative option if planning knock back a side window. It was the last thing we discussed. Why can't people write things down. Aaaagh. 

He's getting that wand carefully placed somewhere now..........

Anyone got cake?

Shrub identification please

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 10:26

Doesn't look like Photinia to me. That sounds a good suggestion Verd, the foliage changes colour from green to purple, which is what Emma said she noticed.

plant spacing rules in border, for different plants

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 10:13

I'm also on clay - every garden I've had is the same. The only advantage I have is that a couple of them have been fairly blank canvasses so the new beds or borders I've been creating have a better medium for me to start planting. It does involve a bit of cost though with soil and compost to fill them. I'd agree with Verdun and Jess though - improve the soil by all means - but work with what you have. Right plant right place is the old adage, so if you want to grow plants which don't suit  your conditions, use pots and containers instead,  or make raised  beds to give them the best chance of doing well. 


Discussions started by Fairygirl

forum gremlins

Replies: 12    Views: 606
Last Post: 26/09/2013 at 22:04

Bee programme tonight

Replies: 7    Views: 446
Last Post: 03/08/2013 at 15:22

spam reported

Replies: 12    Views: 491
Last Post: 26/07/2013 at 14:22

Common Swift (moth)

Replies: 2    Views: 544
Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 23:48

our building projects

Replies: 9    Views: 661
Last Post: 17/08/2013 at 19:04

slugs, snails and bees

Replies: 2    Views: 435
Last Post: 13/06/2013 at 14:24

cufcskim's reply!

Replies: 4    Views: 497
Last Post: 02/06/2013 at 16:34

kitchen spam-don't answer it!

Replies: 3    Views: 506
Last Post: 27/05/2013 at 17:23

spam issues

Replies: 28    Views: 1033
Last Post: 08/05/2013 at 03:53

No posts either

Replies: 13    Views: 678
Last Post: 14/04/2013 at 10:18
10 threads returned