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Raised bed / planters made of wood crates - what to line with

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 09:06

I'd go with weed suppressant too. If the crates are a lightweight timber, they won't last long. You could double up the fabric which will make it more resilient. If the gaps are more than about an inch, I'd rethink it though.  

Shrubs for birds' nests/cover

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 09:04

With you on the pink Ribes Jo  

The blackies have been stripping the cotoneasters here Lucid.  Chaffinches are seed eaters - blackbirds (and thrushes)  are the usual suspects.  

Unfortunately, the best one is on the outside of my boundary so I don't see them chomping.  I can see how much they've eaten when I go out to the car though!  

Can You Suggest a Front Garden Tree or Bush

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 08:57

The problem with a big, central, specimen shrub which (will also have width) is that it works both ways. They might not be able to see into the house, but you won't be able to see your boundary. It's also quite a small space for a big central shrub - the grass will be a big ring, and will become redundant.

I'd go for a hedge, if it was me. 


Posted: 21/11/2015 at 08:44

Morning all. The sun has come out here but it was minus 4 when I went to feed the birds. Dennis (robin) had a woolly hat on. It was snowing last night but now it's all just frozen - windscreen scraping morning! Verd - you'll have to try a bit harder to keep up with Scottish weather 

Clari - imaging how confused he'd be if he brings it in and then it disappears 

I've put washing on to hang out. Is that a a bit too optimistic?  

Think they've all agreed to agree Verd. What that really means will be another thing. 


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 22:24

I often do Steve 


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 22:09

It's about choice I suppose. If I eat what I really want to eat I won't be able to do what I want to do. Moderation 

Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 21:16

Larkspur is easy and bees love it Edd. Nigella as well  


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 21:13

It's incredible how diet plays a big part Pat, and a bit worrying sometimes. Glad you've found the solution - joints are tricky aren't they? I struggled with the hills when I started back out earlier this year - distances weren't an issue - but a month or so into it and the  muscle memory kicked in. Just hope I can keep it going - it's my favourite thing in the world to do 


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 20:47

Mine are caused by hillwalking Pat. Many walkers have knee problems. I had to stop several years ago because of it (patella femoral pain) and the only 'cure' is physio to increase the muscle strength round the kneecap. The braces do the supporting - well the little gel doughnut round the kneecap does - and allow me to carry on doing it. Without them, I can get uphill, but I can't get down! 

Non-Flowering Acidanthera

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 20:29

Don't think the weather this year will have helped. They need good drainage and sun jen. Have they never flowered? You may need to give them a bit of food, and make sure you change some of the compost each spring. Also, have you taken a look at them to see if they're a bit pot bound?

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