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Christmas presents for Gardeners

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 00:56

A new shed would be very acceptable.

How to make a garden fence last....and last........!

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 00:55



Oh dear, Dovefromabove, it looks as if the ivy had not been touched for some time, though you say that this happened in a relatively short space of time.


I posted in error that my fence had been built from overlap panels. It was not panels but was constructed as a continuous overlapping fence. The issue we had was with the wooden posts at ground level. Even the original side and back gates remain in a fair condition.


It is a perimeter fence with a side road running alongside it so there is no encroaching on the neighbour's land. Inside the fence I maintain a border which if it were not for the ivy would have been planted with shrubs. This allows for any 'creep' and regularly trimmed, the ivy is prevented from encroaching into the lawn. 


Managed to resize the photo to show part of the ivy hedge internally.

How to make a garden fence last....and last........!

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 01:05

Thank you to all for the responses


I think the decision is that ivy planted in the right place has more advantages than disadvantages, as long as it is not allowed to become rampant



How to make a garden fence last....and last........!

Posted: 03/11/2015 at 00:31

Built over 30 years ago, we thought the long fence made from overlap panels would never last because of it's exposed position and the regular strong winds. During the first couple of years one or two of the wooden posts were damaged at their bases but they were shored up and the fence held. Then, a bright idea! Let's plant an ivy to see if that will stabilise it better. Initially trained along the fence, the ivy soon took over and covered it. Close examination of the fence posts shows that if it was not for the ivy, we would have spent considerable time and trouble replacing parts of the fence over the years because in some places it is only the ivy which is holding it up  


A refuge and a nesting place for birds, a home for toads at the base and a shelter for the cats when caught out in bad weather, the ivy hedge needs only an annual trim. Here is a picture of a short section of it:


Apologies, for some reason unable to upload a photo of the fence. 




Posted: 24/10/2015 at 00:52

This thread has got a bit 'dark'


Posted: 22/10/2015 at 00:05

Well, we still don't know who Cindy is


I have neighbours who don't particularly like cats but they appreciate the fact that there are cats next door which deter the mice from invading from the surrounding fields.


It is unfortunate that there is not really any guaranteed way of keeping other people's cats out of gardens where they are not wanted. .






Posted: 21/10/2015 at 23:37

Indeed, Lyn, cats own their humans rather than the other way round but when you have taken in a stray cat, fed it, had it neutered and vaccinated, it becomes your responsibility. We've had a few of those over the years Bless 'em all. they became very contented cats.


Posted: 21/10/2015 at 00:42

There is an advantage to cats in the garden, those who have cats (their own or visiting cats) are not usually bothered by mice or rats. Have always gardened and have always owned cats and they see off the visiting cats.. Yes, there has been occasional damage like the odd flattened plant from their sunbathing but the cats love the garden. Trying to fence cats in or out tends to be a wasted exercise when they can easily scale a 6 foot high fence. 

July in the garden!!

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 00:24

Well, it's horrible weather on and off but the roses are bloomng very well. A shame they sometimes get battered by the heavy rain. The weeds are growing well, too..........

What DO they put in bags of mixed birdseed?!

Posted: 23/03/2012 at 18:42

The birds love the birdseed and especially the sunflower seeds but I've got to laugh. In Spring I spend considerable time digging up luxurious grass (no other word for it) from around.the base of the bird table and the apple tree in which the bird feeders hang. I would leave it there but it is considerably better quality than the original grass  

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