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Talkback: The gardening bug

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I loved playing in my grandparents garden as a child, and admired our neighbour's lovely well tended garden, but the actual act of gardening was never something I was interested in at all. My first flat was a tenement in Edinburgh and when I moved back to Fife I got a house with a garden as I had 2 cats by that time. The garden had once been well loved and tended, but had been left to overgrow by the previous owners. I started to watch Groundforce, and Alan T's 'how to be a gardener', borrowed mum's readers digest plant encyclopeadia and started to try to identify the plants I had inherited. I was lucky because my back garden was nice and sunny, soil was clay but not too bad, and quite level. Then I met my husband, moved in with him, sold my beloved garden (the house was of no sentimental value) and did my best to make the best of his shady, boggy patch out front and concrete jungle at the back. Having a baby also meant I didn't have the same time to spend. The opportunity to move house came up after 3 years and we jumped at the chance. The actual house was secondary to the garden - it had to be south facing, and as we bought a brand new plot it was a blank canvas. Little by little, I have removed the turf, and the builders rubble, improved the soil and planted all the plants I loved from my first garden, all the plants I couldn't have in our last shaded garden and discovered a fair few more. We've been here 5 years now and if it wasn't for our wee girl needing space to play I wouldn't have a single bit of lawn. I've got a greenhouse along the road at my parent's garden, raised beds for veg here as well as pots on the patio, and the rest is starting to fill out into a cottage garden inspired delight. Hubby talked me into getting a bird feeding station and now the whole experience is so rewarding - I never thought much about birds before now but when I first saw goldfinches at the feeder I was hooked - they come to our garden in ones, twos and threes, even up to 20 sometimes, and there's probably been over 20 different species of other birds at one time or another. I can look out at the garden and see the rewards for my efforts, neighbours, friends and family admire it, and my wee girl and her pals enjoy the pea pods, and discovering where potatoes come from, they point out the worms and slugs, and caterpillars and help me pick sweetpeas, sometimes taking a handful back to their mummies. But the best time of all in the garden is when it's just me, maybe after the Bairn's in bed, all other kids are indoors, hardly any noise and I can enjoy the peace and potter away to my heart's content til the daylight's gone. Hubby wants us to get a dishwasher, and I'm reluctant - not cos I particularly enjoy washing up, but I do love the opportunity it gives me to look out at the garden, look forward to a certain month or season when my favourite plants are looking their best. Mind you, all of the plants in my garden are favourites :-)

Talkback: Urban foxes

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
i have 2 foxes that have been coming to m garden for about 4yrs or so, they are boy and girl foxes as this year i have 3 lovely baby cubs...sooooooooooo cute,i can tell them apart as 1 has the most prettiest of faces and the other has a very thin sharpe face [actually quite ugly...][sorry to say]. cheeky chaps scratch on my door for food. happymarion,your right about the robins,i witnessed 2 of them having a right old fight on sunday i actually thought 1 was gonna die....but he or she thought better of it and got out while they still had air in its lungs.

Talkback: Growing sweet peas

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I have always enjoyed gardening , but now it has become a place where i can go think about nothing , be free from worrys and have some me time . My only son of 21 has got cancer and the garden has become a close friend that gives support without saying anything.

Talkback: Ladybirds

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
We have loads of ladybirds in our garden this year. Thank you for the link to the UK Ladybird Survey, I shall certainly study our ladybirds a lot harder now and take part.

Talkback: Weeds

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
oh my god. Microsoft Outlook 2010

Talkback: Gardeners' World Live 2011

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I have planted Italian plum tomatoes in my raised beds.Planted them yesterday, as they were taking over my little green house. I hope they flourish, as they stuck up away from us chatting humans.

Talkback: Growing veg in containers - garden pests

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
Any ideas how to stop deer for eating my veg and roses?

Talkback: Stag beetles

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
I made a small garden pond last year, added tadpoles and fish. The tadpoles disappeared and I assumed the fish ate them. We were still feeding the fish beacuse they were surfacing every night but unfortunately they all died with their mouth open, full of food and sticking to the 6inches of ice we had. One frog returned to the pond and my son said "we'll have frogs this year." "Not with one frog we won't". I replied worried because he's now 13yrs. Anyway, I found a source of approx 100 tadpoles. We now have 1cm frogs and still several tadpoles. I have put in oxygenating plants which the tadpoles have been enjoying. The plants are survivng and growing. However, I was taking out dead leaves and found a green almost silky like webbing at the base of the pond and wondered if this had something to do with frogs? If any could advise what it is? We are installing a filter and pump before we buy more fish but should we wait until all the tadpoles have developed into frogs? I very much appreciate any advise.

Talkback: The National Gardens Scheme

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
Thanks happymarion, spoke with my father today and he is very keen as he worked in Bristol university for 30+ years so would like to see it also. All being well will pay a visit next week! Higgy

Talkback: Summer bedding plants

Posted: 28/11/2011 at 18:43
oh kate i didnt even know about it,where is it ? if its close enough to where i live then maybe?

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