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Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:28

I've seen you in that film nut -  A Close Shave.....

Have an ice cream for me today when you're all out 


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:27

Will post plants today Panda (and Gardengirl) 

Glad you're being respectable doc...  How's the canna?

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 08:24

Hawthorn's the most common boundary hedge for livestock as it provides a good dense barrier. You might need to protect it initially but it establishes quickly. If you're on good terms with the farmer then the best solution is to discuss how to make the wall a bit more substantial so that the cattle can't just push it over. It would be a shame if you had to sacrifice your plants continually - I know how that feels. Perhaps the farmer would let you mortar the wall as long as it didn't affect the look?

Watering Dwarf Delphinium's

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 07:32

Nothing to lose Wills. I'd have potted them on for a bit and then planted out but the conditions are good just now so worth doing. If you've got quite a few, pot on a couple so that if all else fails you have a couple of stronger plants to put out. 

Great weather here isn't it! 

Tips and advice needed for new lawn.

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 07:28

If you have a field backing onto your garden, be prepared to keep on top of weeding and feeding if you want a nice lawn - you'll always get lots of stuff coming in. It goes with the territory I'm afraid. A good routine in spring and autumn will be necessary to keep it looking good and it's worth doing it if you're going to the trouble of preparing a new one. 

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 07:20

Re electric fence - don't put anything on the 'field' side of the wall. That will bring all sorts of problems too. If you try that, put it on your side. Cows aren't the brightest of creatures, so a decent barrier keeps them out. Plant hawthorn if you don't want to put a fence or other type of physical barrier up,  and you don't get anywhere with the farmer. They really don't like being told what to do - even when you have every right to request the maintenance. You wouldn't believe what some of them will do. I've seen it loads of times.

Watering Dwarf Delphinium's

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 07:03

Wills - they  possibly  need potting on if they're not big enough to plant out. You might be overfeeding them which won't help. What size of pot are they in? They really should be outside and in the ground by now unless they're just small seedlings.  If they're decent sized plants, prepare the ground they're going into properly, water in well when you plant them out and don't water again until they're really needing it  


Posted: 20/06/2014 at 06:35

Morning all. Hope the weather's good for all the Barnsdale visitors today. 

Dry here again so I hope to get more done outside. A bit cooler today so that makes it easier. 

Think you may get a queue forming once word gets out fidget...

Talkback: Help wildlife survive winter

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 06:19

Patience Barry  

Most birds have already got their nest sites organised so just keep an eye out for them taking a look at potential new homes, but it might be next year so don't be disheartened. There's lots of food around for birds at this time of year so they may not be interested in feeders just now, but once it gets to autumn you'll find they start coming in. It also depends what birds are in your area so do a little research and take a look at what visits so that you can tailor the type of feed you use. It can take a while for birds to find your hospitality as they may have regular sites elsewhere which they go to first. I've been in this house just over a year and they're getting to know the garden better now -  it just takes a little time 

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 06:10

A word of caution - some farmers can make your life very unpleasant if you get shirty with them.  Always better to ask nicely and just explain the issue politely. The last thing you need is a load of 'something' dumped on your driveway  or over your fence onto your plants. Believe me - it does happen. 

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