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Cat on new felt roof

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 13:41

You can buy lengths of plastic 'spikes' which is usually for the tops of fences/walls - mainly for deterring birds from sitting on them.A bit like gripper rods for carpets.  Not sure if that would help. I think I've seen them online- brown coloured so they're not too obtrusive. I also have some fruit netting which is quite a fine mesh so wouldn't look too hideous- perhaps something like that tacked on for a while to deter them. They may eventually get the hint!

Or how about a green roof! Sedums and saxifrages planted on it. 


Posted: 22/10/2013 at 13:34

My last house had a natural spring which fed our ponds so when there was heavy rain the little waterfall into the main one was a torrent! There was a rill connecting to the second pond and a further one from that going out to the boundary and down the hill. The road was often like a river as well as we were on quite a steep hill. I definitely want a small pond here even if I don't stay. It's lovely for wildlife of all sorts.

Punkdoc- have you posted pix of your pond here? It would be nice to see them. 

Cold frames and greenhouses

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 08:20

As the others have said - it's really just about size. Like Sara -  I had a makeshift one years ago too made with breeze blocks and an old window! If you don't have too many large plants and it's really just cuttings and seeds you want to grow, a coldframe will do fine. If you want plants that  need heat it's different, because you'll need something bigger for the heater as Sara says. 

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 08:11

I grew a sunflower called Black Magic but it was a bit disappointing. Nicer in the bud than the flower. Might be fine with lots of white flowers round it and a bit of acid green to give contrast.

I grew Moneymaker tomatoes but might try some different ones after reading the info on here 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 08:05

It's lovely to look at these pix especially as we're waving goodbye to summer's blooms. Would some fleece etc help overwinter that plant Forester? I'm sure someone here will be able to advise you about it. Leadf -  your garden always looks great!

My Etoile Violette is flowering again and looking really pretty. I'm quite annoyed because I want to get it  into it's permanent home in the new raised bed!


Posted: 22/10/2013 at 07:42

Morning all. Bye Dove!

Dry here at last but I don't think it'll be that way all day.

Wood's been delivered so I'll try and open it and bring it all round to back garden later 

Not heard any owls here - we used to have one at last house. They're beautiful when you see them close up. I do seem to have a bat here though. He was a regular little visitor in the late summer. Did you decide on your pyracantha chicky? I love them and round here there are loads spilling out from gardens and at field edges just laden with berries.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 19:15

Lovely little-ann, great strong colour for this time of year.  We had schizostylis at last house but it was the  wishy washy pinky one which I don't care for. Still- the bunnies didn't eat it so it was useful! 

Berg- cracking pix. Love the little white allium and the alpines are stunning. 

?? Pond on My Allotment

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 19:06

Hi NewBoy. I take it you mean that size for a pond? I think that's plenty big enough for a decent pond. I had one a similar size in a previous garden.  I think  an important point to consider since it's an allotment, is to get a bit of cover for wildlife to be safe. Mine  had a beached slope so that animals could get in and out and plenty of little places for them to hide, so maybe you could locate it so that there's other planting around. 


Posted: 21/10/2013 at 18:45

Hello all - been out getting curtain stuff . No cakes I'm afraid alcopops either - not in this house. T-total -ly.

All this talk of food....making a chickeny thing with tomatoes and courgettes and Moroccan spices. Might be vile but at least there's no Morrison's gravy in it KEF ...

Woody'- it sounds lovely and I don't even like lamb! As for crab.....just like eating it 

The concrete is a big piece so  I'll just have to tolerate it's presence. Such is life.


Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 15:03

Dolgarrog - I've been building some raised beds too and one is more or less complete and filled. It's around the same dimensions- about 2x4' and I've used a couple of bags of soil and two large bags of compost (125l each) plus a few containers of spent compost from the tomatoes and sweet peas (maybe another 70l?) and I'd say about another 70l worth in the plants I've put in - one plant was in a large pot- 15' diameter. Plus some grit.

In other words - quite a lot! About 8/10 'normal' (70l) sized bags of soil/compost I'd guess.

I'm sure there's a way to work it out though!  

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