Gardening Grandma

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which creepers for trellis

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 07:17

As to how many you will need, you need to look at the pant label and see what the evntual size and spread of the plant is. It will look bare for at least a couple of years, but you could fill in with annual climbers such as sweet peas. 

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:41

Goes to show the problems that arise when you can't hear tone of voice. I don't know how one gets around that one, because I have sometimes been irritated by the way people phrase their replies - and have probably irritated other people, too! How does one avoid sounding condescending without constantly apologising for oneself? I cringe at some of the things I have written and today, I narrowly stopped myself from giving someone a heavy put down because I thought their response was condescending and  silly. Doesn't happen often, though!!! People are nice here.

Anyway - I like bags but would really like to use paper ones if they weren't so expensive.

MOB rants

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:26

I just found some on the web, priced from £35.99 to £52.99.

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:21

I don't use them for compost, just pull out what remains as I go along. Matter of laziness really - I could have emptied the contents into the composter and thrown the bags away!

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:17

Apparently (according to Amateur Gardening) Greenacre has now been resurrected as an urban veg growing project. I love the idea of using it as the basis of a new gardening programme. Perhaps Toby Buckland should be the presenter!

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:10

I do put them in the composter. They degrade to an extent and I simply pull out the remaining bits when I am using the compost. A bit of a nuisance but less messy that not using anything in the bin. I also put in tea bags even though I have to break them up before I can dig them into the garden.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:06

I just did a bit of research on the net. Apparently she can grow vegetables on it or keep animals on it. It is debatable whether this has to be as part of a business. Allotments are OK on agricultural land. Buildings are ok providing they have no concrete base and are temporary and moveable. Incorporation into an ornamental garden is not ok. This lady's case is regarded as the thin end of the wedge. However, the land will not now be used for any real agricultural purpose and the whole thing does seem a pointless waste of time and money. It is hardly the same as a someone building a house, which in any case a farmer can do if he can claiim the accomodation is needed for farm workers. I have seen this particular rule bent pretty comprehensively and any accomodation thus built would have a garden.

Bargain Hunting

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 20:00

I live near a small builder and am also friendly with a local plumber. Boith have gardens piled up with stuff they have taken out of other people's houses and are waiting to take to the tip. I wondered whether such people could be a source of suitable containers. Local builders/painters for empty paint containers? Pallets treated for rot and then made up into planting troughs? Old water tanks? Just a thought.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 19:52

Good to see you back on the forum, Dovefromabove!!! You make an excellent point - it would be interesting to know what she was told by her solicitor and whether she has grounds for compensation from him.

Snowdrop, I should make it clear that I was agreeing with you, not with Geoff. He and I must have posted at much the same time.

I did read the newspaper report and I think it said that she had bought an extra ten feet of agricultural land to add to her garden, Derek.if I did that, I don't think it would occur to me that growing things and creating a pond to collect the water already present in agricultural land was in any way forbidden.


Jean Bailey

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 18:42

One still has to ask what harm she has done. She has built nothing. A farmer could well install a pond, expecially if it helps with drainage, because this is simply caring for the land and using good husbandry. 

I agree that council officials are people with a job to do, but we have probably all experienced bureaucracy at work - it is slow and inflexible. Regulations should be applied with sensitivity and respect for people as individuals,surely. There is also a possibility that the regulations should be changed if they lead to actions such as this, and this is ulikely to happen unless there is public pressure for it to happen.

I do think that most people find this decision puzzling and foolish. If it is against common sense, then people have the right to question it and to protest, in my view.

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