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Posted: 28/03/2014 at 09:05

Spend as much on the hole MrsG  -timewise even if not financially.  Prep is the key and I'd agree with Bob totally about the deep pots. When I buy clematis in those pots I always keep them for future use. Small clematis in smaller pots means they're usually very young so they need a bit of time to grow and develop into decent plants. 

Lawn re-sowing dilema

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 07:54

Hi Dinah, get it all prepared first. It would be impossible to get it looking right if you sow bits here and there. It's still early so you've plenty of time for getting the seed down and having it germinate before summer. 


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 07:47

Morning all. Supposed to be nice here today but not looking like it really. I sense a trip to the nursery fro that Paeony 

Not been on much in the last day or two, so off for a look round the forum now.

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 12:48

I never had a pump in my pond and it was fine in all weathers Peanut. 

It looks like there's a lot of trees around so leaves will be an issue in autumn as fidget says. Net it at that time and it will stop a lot of debris building up. As the others have said, clear the worst of rubbish out then beg, borrow and steal some shade loving plants to surround it and give wildlife some shelter, put a few oxygenators in the bottom and then let it happen. A slope of gravel and some larger rocks/pebbles to let birds and animals in and out is necessary. You can add marginals and other pond plants later if you want them.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 12:36

Can't say I'm surprised Verd. 

Bullying doesn't stop at the school gates any more - companies seem to employ the same way of operating. I had similar treatment by a utility company who claimed I owed them money. Totally their mistake. Never had an apology for the stress they caused never mind  the letter threatening court action. Went on for five months, and in the end - they actually owed me money. 

I wonder what they'd do if you informed them that you've contacted  your lawyer and given him all the correspondence...


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 07:41

Morning all. Dull here but no wind so that helps the temps.

Stacey - the clocks go forward so no 'extra' hour - the opposite! 

Have any ducks moved in yet Dove? 


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 19:38

Looking good now Dove. It'll be really established  by summertime. The pleasure you'll get from it will be immeasurable 

Good work Edd. I think all the rescue people are terrific and I don't know how you cope with the daft clowns (that's the polite term) who think going up hills is like a stroll in the park. I remember coming down Ben Lomond some years ago ( at this time of year so plenty of ice/snow at the top) and we met a party of girls dressed for a day at a shopping centre asking how long it would take them to get to the top. One had on what I would describe as 'ballet shoes'. Unbelievable. They had 4 hours walking still to do at least and it would have been dark before they got back down. They're probably still up there. 

No gardening today as other things to do after work. Going for a quick look round before I put my feet up.

I'm scared!

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 19:22

Totally agree Verd, only difference is,  ponds are a bit harder to alter once you do them! 

Plants can easily be moved and altered on a whim and although there might be the odd casualty, it's an opportunity to try something else as you found recently with your Acer. I think most of us have tried something, then looked at it at a later date and thought - nope, don't like that, and have changed it- sometimes quite radically.

I like to plan properly, but I'm also capable of altering that plan once I've started to implement it. It's part of the fun 


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:42

It's the easiest way of growing salad crops. I do it every year - costs practically nothing and they need virtually no maintenance. One daughter only likes the red oak leaf lettuce so having a mix means we can all have the stuff we like! Nothing better than making a sandwich and just going out the back door with a pair of scissors. Quick rinse under the tap and onto the sarnie.

You won't regret it Clari 

Raised Beds on Paved Patios?

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:36

If you're putting a raised bed directly onto the paving and it's just four sides with no base, put a layer of rubble/gravel etc in the base and put some membrane over it to prevent soil/compost being washed through. It'll give excess water a chance to seep away. 

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