Gardening Grandma

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When is it too late to a plant pot or root ball laurel hedge?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 17:04

Hi, Daisy Jane. good to hear from you. You can plant things from pots at almost any time, though the longer they are in the ground during the growing season, the more chance they'll get to develop a good root system before the winter. Hope we hear from you again!

Watering Garden from 1st Floor Apartment

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:59

Hi Dawna. Could you get a water butt and, until it fills naturally, use the hose from the kitchen window idea to fill it for the first time? Toiling up and down stairs sounds like good exercise but somewhat time consuming.

Community gardening

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:42

You are absolutely right there, joslaw. Someone has to start it, in the same way as all organisations start with one or two enthusiastic people. There's a community garden in a nearby town to us which is now really interesting and positive. I guess it takes courage to be the one to start it, because one might be rejected and get no takers. Also, I suppose, one needs contacts and a bit of understanding of administration, because I don't suppose one can just pick a verge and start working on it! 

MOB rants

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:28

Welcome, Brian.  This is the thread where you are allowed to be an MOB and enjoy it. Obviously, early morning TV gets on your nerves!

Artjak, I'm impressed by your stamina - cooking and filing and accounts and gardening. I hope you get it all done.

Dmball and Tina, I keep getting emails that tell me that the best thing to put your money into is gold and silver, which keep rising in value in these times because people are losing faith in the monetary system. I do know someone who made a lot of money by doing that at the right time. Not me, unfortunately...

MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 21:56

Caz, I try to sleep through all rugby games. I can't help feeling pleased that wales won, but I have very little comprehension of what actually went on on the pitch today. I think I did sleep a bit.

Derek, I think you may have two rants going, one about automated systems and one about call centres. I completely agree with you about both.

MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 19:02

Very generous, Tina!  Didn't understand most of it, to be truthful, but it had its exciting moments. My half-Welsh grandson is living up England way but is rejoicing - secretly, I should think!

MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 18:45

Well, even I enjoyed the Wales/England match! Great rejoicing in Wales tonight!

'And we were singing hymns and arias,

Land of my Fathers, Ar Hyd Y Nos.'

Not that I want to rub it in or anything!

Trees, plants or shurbs to plant on Soakaway ?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 18:41

Any  tree will be thirsty but will obviously have quite a lot of root. As I posted on another thread, I know someone who had a boggy spot in his garden so he built a pergola next to it and planted a large climbing rose. It worked.


Posted: 16/03/2013 at 18:20

I quite agree, Geoff. I do think that, if the neighbour is unresponsive to friendly overtures, the best solution is a letter followed if necessary by a solicitor's letter. Perhaps the best start of all is to take legal advice first. I'm also wondering whether the neighbour actually gardens or if the ivy is big because it is completely neglected.

Watering Systems

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 17:21

Thank you, BrummieBen, I have never before understood how to do this. I'm going to set up a system within the next couple of weeks, ready for our first week away in the caravan!

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