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Posted: 30/03/2013 at 09:21
Pentillie wrote (see)

Final moan, it might help if cyclists had to pay a small annual charge as Road Tax, and had a licence which could be taken away as with car drivers - however I suppose the cost of that would be too high to justify the hoped-for aims of more considered road use.

Hear hear's long been a bone of contention for me, and as someone who has driven on narrow roads a lot, cyclists don't realise how inconsiderate it is to spread across roads preventing drivers overtaking safely.They ride up pavements and through traffic lights etc and then complain when drivers 'don't see them'. I do have sympathy sometimes though, as we have cycle lanes on the main road but people park on them all the time -apparently that's not illegal (?)- so cyclists have to go in the road. What a waste of money putting them in. The worst ones here are motorbikes. The road beside Loch Lomond is notorious for bikers doing insane things. Heart in mouth stuff and putting other people at risk 

What happens when you leave your boyfriend unattended!!

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 09:09
* Red Dahlia * wrote (see)

Don't get me wrong I'm not hung up totally on neatness and looks but with the beds being at the front they will be surveyed by all! The neighbours down the lane knew I had new flower beds at the front before I even cut the first sod, if you know what I mean.


The raised beds with a bit of 'disguise' are probably your best bet Red D. I'm also high and windy (the location that is...!) and on clay. The only alternative is years trying to improve the soil which isn't feasible for you. A screen of evergeens is always a good idea and gives you something that looks more garden-y in the winter. You could always add a few moveable containers for wintertime too?


Posted: 30/03/2013 at 09:01

Clouded over here and a little sprinkle of snow but to be sunny tomorrow.Tomato seedlings have come through and have more stuff to sow. Washed my car yesterday- you can see what colour it is now  Happy sowing all.

What happens when you leave your boyfriend unattended!!

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 14:40

Verdun .... I said sleepers because they were already being suggested To be honest they're not my favourite thing but the new ones are useful for raised beds. I prefer rendered masonry  or stone.

Tyres are for spuds..

Don't eat too many chocs or you'll have to eat all those carrots to lose weight. Hee hee!

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Posted: 29/03/2013 at 14:34
Verdun wrote (see)
Oh, fairy girl. Dainty amd frivolous? Oh yes! That's nice!

Sorry to disappoint Verdun- that's what Tina said I was..... Not particularly dainty and not very frivolous either- more practical than anything else. Creative when the mood takes me.  And since the sun has now come out I think I should get something done outside other than the snow shovelling of recent days. I might be able to rescue the clematis in the where's my ice axe...

The tomato seeds I sowed a week ago are sprouting -hurray!

Artj if you think this thread's funny you should take a look at the clothing one...!! I'll just say Discodave ...!!!!

New build house, new build lawn - help to start off the right way.

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 13:51

BBen and Lawn expert's advice spot on I think. Sand/soil mix as Ben says to brush in holes. Grass is great when kids are small Rich but they can do a fair bit of damage to it so I wouldn't worry too much about trying to have a putting green finish!! Builders are often notorious for the rubble dumping thing as I found in my first garden but live with it a while and see what happens. When the weather improves you'll get a clearer picture. A blank canvas is always quite exciting so good luck!

What happens when you leave your boyfriend unattended!!

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 13:42

Red- lawn??? What's that?? Can't remember what they look like cos of the snow... Old house had masses of grass- why couldn't the s*&^*ng rabbits have eaten more of that..Agree with you re the tyres..Sleepers much more attractive. Disdave, do you have steps up/down to grass or is it all same level?  Garden looks like it would lend itself to a nice geometric style too- big statement plants and focal point. The pergola would frame your view nicely. Verdun are you going for 'carrot envy'? 

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Posted: 29/03/2013 at 13:33
artjak wrote (see)

I seemed to have missed this thread completely and it's such fun. I have very clear pictures of everyone I come across on the forum; all completely inaccurate I'm sure.

Verdun, quite thin, rather academic and slightly eccentric?

GG is sensible and doesn't stand any nonsense, likes to be in charge; ex school teacher perhaps?

I could go on but the garden is calling

Artj- it's what's been keeping us entertained in this weather! I'm dainty and frivolous don't you know....

TIPS ........

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 13:32
blackest wrote (see)

Aldi sell lovely little square mini greenhouse propagators, you can find them in the cake aisle labeled Chocolate Gateau once you have discarded the contents you will be left with a mini greenhouse perfect for starting seedlings, with an integral hinged roof which should fit on most windowsills. Goes well with coffee beans or a nice pot of tea. 

. Actually- the ones you get muffins in in Asda make good little greenhouses too! Verdun- does no one feed you? I'm making a bara brith later.


Posted: 29/03/2013 at 12:37

That should have said chocolate but I think you know...! Brum I have rocket in a pot which I grew from seed  and seems to survive the freezing weather no probs. I cut it back all the time and it keeps growing...if only it was warm enough to actually face eating salad instead of stew/roasts/lasagne etc and drinking ever increasing cups of tea.  I left lots of pots, trays etc when I moved as I just didn't have room to keep them in the temporary rental house so I've been improvising and buying a few cheap ones. Pot washing will have to wait till I change things around and till warmer weather arrives!

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