Gardening Grandma

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Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:50

Interesting, BB. I live in an area where there is a lot of empty space and I have to acknowledge that green belt is extremely valuable as an amenity, especially where there is a lot of intensive building, as in the south east.

I'm not so much arguing that Jean B should be an exception as that a pond and mown grass is not much of an infringement and an apropriate response should be given. She still owns the land if it reverts to its rough state and it is still enclosed and inaccessible as a leisure amenity for others.

Only 10% of Britain is built upon, although much green land is within sight and sound of development. We want green belt - and we want development, because it creates housing and wealth. There's an outcry every time a road is built through it, with people chaining themselves to trees, etc, but the alternative is congestion and traffic thundering past people's houses day and night. 

I do think that zero tolerance sounds good and worthy, but actually it is dangerous. It leads to using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, if you see what I mean. Mistakes are treated the same as crimes. It is completely insensitive to people's real needs and lives. Most people stop believing in it when it affects their own home and family.

For example, in the US in some states, murder carries a mandatory life sentence as part of a zero tolerance policy. Cold-blooded, planned murder is therefore punished the same as a crime of passion under intense stress, as when one young man shot his girlfriend's violent ex-husband when he thought she was going to be attacked. He is a soldier with a record of gallantry, and he is a devout Christian. Things are just not black and white.

So I'll have to disagree with you, even while I respect and sympathise with what you are saying. 

P.S. I enjoy debate, but I hope I am not being a total pain in the neck for keeping up the argument.

Compost v topsoil

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:12

Perhaps she'll come back and read all this soon. Hello Lorraine!

Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:08

I take your point. It is still designated as green belt, though, so presumably the restriction on building will still be in force. Building is a lot more serious than a pond so maybe we just need to keep a sense of proportion.

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:04

My dog is also very interested in the compost bin because he likes carrots and bananas rather a lot!

Jatnikatyar, it is the cut and thrust of debate that can lead to a bit of forcefulness which can be taken as sarcasm. The first time I encountered Dovefromabove, I argued with her quite strongly, but later found her to be nice! I'm glad you decided to come back, anyway. Keep posting!


Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:53

I quite agree. Publicity is a good persuasion technique! It does look as though the local councillors will place limits on what can be done to her, anyway. The clerks concerned were probably just following the guidelines they have been given. That's the trouble with a large, bureaucratic organisation like a council - there's often no-one ultimately supervising what happens.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:48

The gardening channel folded because of lack of advertising. Presumably, advertisers don't think enough people watch them and that might be enough to put off ITV.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:21

BTW, it was the subtitle of this thread that first attracted my attention. Garden threatened by snowdrops?? Was this a new, militant strain of snowdrops? I asked myself.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:18

As a rallying point for support for Jean Bailey, this thread rather fails, though. Pity!

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:16

How about a five minute segment for more experienced gardeners?

Compost v topsoil

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:14

Topsoil is not supposed to be used in pots because it hasn't been sterilised. However, for long term planting, I use about half and half topsoil and compost and take my chances with disease. I haven't had any problems so far. It contains more nutrition and doesn't go hard, and it is more substantial for larger plants than compost. because it si heavier, it makes a more stable base for tall plants than compost. If I wanted good drainage, I'd add grit.

I'm bracing myself to be shown to be an idiot, and probably I should just use the right grade of John Innes, but this does work quite well for me.

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