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New addition to the garden

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 15:34

Slugs are an ongoing problem for gardeners Lewis, and they're in the soil all the time so you just have to keep working at it - we all have our own ways of dealing with them but Mr Toadie will be a big asset in the fight!  With a bit of luck there might be a Mrs Toadie and then lots of little toadies...

If you have some nice damp places for them to hide they'll be very happy there. I used to disturb them all the time when renovating areas round the edge of a pond at last house. They'd be hiding in little holes below rocks out of the heat. 

Why not take the sink a bit further and put a little pond in? We're very partial to a wildlife pond on here...

Water Lily

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 15:26

Fishy - that's Americans for you though...

I wasn't really being serious - I know you've just busted a gut digging that pond out! Perhaps letting it grow to a reasonable size and dividing would be the best way to go. Or maybe you could try a solid container with a few holes in the bottom and see how it works. Nothing to lose. 

Wish I'd brought the lily with me that I'd bought for the small pond at last house although it would have been too big   We didn't have any in the main pond but I'd have put some in had we stayed there. It had constant running water but it was a big area so they would have been fine. I'll need a pygmy one for this little pond I'm making here 

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 15:10

No Fishy - it's just that Dundee is the easy target for many jokes in Scotland! 

I think we've hijacked this thread a bit...


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 15:09

Very true 

With round ones - nothing a big brick in the bottom can't sort ...

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 14:40

Mine too Fishy 

For all our faults -  I think we need each other. 

Re your opening statement -    'completely disconnected from the rest of humanity'.....

you've been to Dundee then? 


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 14:34

I'm the same Woody. Don't grow the very tall ones as the weather usually does for them. I also plant them deep and have them in quite sturdy pots so that they don't get blown over. If I grow them in plastic pots to put into gaps, they're supported by other shrubs so it's not such an issue.

Hedge problem

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 14:25

Men eh? Haven't moved on from neanderthals really have they... Same with barbecues - man ..make fire...cook meat 

I like a good burning too though 

I'd chop it as best you can Munch and get it in your brown waste collection unless it's going to stay dry for a while or you have somewhere to store it for a bonfire.  Difficult when you can't take it to a tip easily either. It'll probably fill a few bins though! Perhaps a neighbour would have space in theirs.  

Hedge problem

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:49

Are you talking about the hedge or the hedgecutter nut? 

It'll do the hedge the world of good Munch. It might benefit from a little water and a feed once it's been shorn. You'll be able to keep it to a nice size once it gets going. I find they grow best if they're trimmed lightly two or three times a year and it keeps them looking well   

Can't identify plants in garden!

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:44


Lots of these daisy type flowers are so similar aren't they? I don't really grow any of them but my guess would have been Gaillardia or Rudbeckia so I don't feel quite so bad now 

Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:40

Well there's no need to go that far Forester...

Lots of trees turning here now. Rowans are beautiful with loads of berries. I love this time of year 

Not when it's chucking it down and blowing a gale though!

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