Gardening Grandma

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MOB rants

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 15:19

Perhaps I am kidding myself, but I think I can tell a real difference, Frank. I wonder is it all in my head? 


Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 15:10

People's initial reaction to this story was outrage because it goes against obvious natural justice and that fact remains. The ten feet of land will simply be a neglected area and that helps nobody. Since she can keep animals or grow crops the obvious answer is to do so and get a few chickens or ducks. The latter would then make the pond a sensible thing to have. But the real answer remains to allow the lady to do what she likes with this pathetic ten feet of land which are of benefit to nobody else. I am sorry that others feel that it is important to apply the regulations, and I do see that others might want to do the same, but  plenty of people have bought a bit of a field to add to their gardens without any great moral law being broken. This is much more a question of what use she puts it to -  and mowing and having a pond are obviously beyond the pale. neglected is OK. Hmmmm...

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 08:07

You could try going to your local tip and talking to the men about what is available. Sometimes, too, you see other people dumping things that would be ideal and can get it from them before they dump it. This isn't really allowed at our local tip, but people do it quietly.

Internet purchasing

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 08:04

That's the thrill of gardening, isn't it - finding new ideas and learning new things, and especially developing one's knowledge and love and plants. I haven't yet achieved the gorgeous garden I dream of, especially as I am surrounded by houses and have to create my own outlook, but the quest is a lot of fun!

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 07:57

This is undoubtedly true, square foot. Popular appeal obviously counts for a lot, since viewing numbers are all-important for the survival of a programme. Toby was just not flamboyant enough and he was also the victim of other things, such as the fact that Joe's allotment was (apparently, I could not watch much that year) not popular and the format of the programme was not up to Toby, either. He's a good gardener though, and I like him and wish he had a niche somewhere.

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 07:48

I've seen it done, too, even saw one person described as 'a bit dim'! People are entitled to courtesy - even if one's private opinion is different! I think it is a reason why some people read these posts but don't actally post themselves - it takes a bit of courage. In my own case, however, it is more a case of fools rushing in where angels fear to tread.

Internet purchasing

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 07:43

I've just discovered three local private growers who sell on the internet, which seems to me a great find, since it offers the best of both worlds - quality plants and the chance to see before I buy - plus the opportunity to meet gardeners and see quality gardens in my area.  Off to Swansea soon for rare aquilegias and other herbaceous perennials - can't wait!

MOB rants

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 07:34

I wouldn't spend the money either! I like sea salt butr you can get it ready ground.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 07:29
mikey Dee wrote (see)

I too have read the article in the Daily Mail. It stated thet the garden had become a "haven for wildlife", which included frogs, newts, birds and insects. The key thing here is "Newts". If Mrs Bailey happens to have any Great Crested Newts in her garden/pond, then the council will not be able to make her disturb her garden in any way, shape or form. These creatures are heavily protected by law, and disturbing them or their habitat is a criminal offence. Hope this helps

I was thinking along these lines myself so this is useful information. Council officials have a difficult job to do but sometimes, sheer legalism is not a good answer. Humanity and common sense are also required.

Bring back the Dove

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 07:25

Great to see Dove back!!

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