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New fence

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 18:11

Why do fences cause so many neighbourly disputes?    Our neighbour on one side has asked us to replace our fence with a taller one as he wants privacy.    I have told him I have no plans at present to replace it.     I don't intend to, as this neighbour has ivy growing all over and through it on his side, and brambles too.    The only gardening he does is to mow the lawn.     I won't put up a new fence for his ivy to ruin it, it is just too expensive to have this done.     I shall just continue to patch up the old one!

Aren't non-gardening neighbours a pain?    I have them on both sides, and a hedgerow at the back which requires constant work.    Every few weeks I have to spend a day cutting back the stuff that comes through and over, and weeding the six inches all round to re-establish my boundary!   And I am not getting any younger!


Posted: 24/01/2016 at 17:56

If you want worms for an ordinary compost heap/bin, I wouldn't bother.     I have composted for more years than I can remember and they just appear in my bins.    I have never had to buy any.

Recommend a dwarf mound lavender

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 22:07

The curry plant also deters cats - at least it has worked for me.     Lovely greyish foliage and yellow flowers.

Lupin flower problem

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 22:15

I have not been lucky with lupins.   They last a year or two and then give up on me.     I love them, so at a flower show this year I made a bee-line for a lupin specialist stall and tackled them on the problem.    I was told "treat them mean!"     Give them poor soil, not richly improved as all my flower bed soil is.    So, as I can't make my soil poor, I have accepted that I will have to buy a couple of plants every two years or so.

plant in shade

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 21:54

Is it dry under your hedge?     Astilbes like shade, but they like moisture too.

Hydrangea going brown

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 09:01

Perhaps put a saucer under the pot?     Also, is it too hot for it situated next to your barbecue?


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 21:35

Try growing a curry plant - usually found in herb section at the garden centre.    I put one in my front garden to keep the local cats away, and it worked for me.     Of course, you do get a whiff of curry yourself, but I don't mind that.

japanese knotweed

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 22:13

I have suffered this problem in the past - there is only one remedy : move house!

Help little flies everywhere

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 17:29

I agree - yellow sticky traps are a great way of catching them.


Posted: 09/03/2015 at 22:21

I use my compost as a mulch, and I can't see any reason why you should not use yours for this purpose.   

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