Gardening Grandma

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Jean Bailey

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 17:49

i have to agree, Snowdrop. This could have been ignored with no harm done to anyone and some gpood done to the appearnace of the area and the amenities for wildlife.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 17:40

Personally, I think a letter in black and white is better than an email, which may never reach the person it is intended for, but be read by a clerk and forgotten. A letter to the ,local newspaper is also a weapon, since it provides bad publicity. I'm in sympathy with this lady; I'd be indignant if I could not cultivate my own garden as I pleased.


Sharpening tools

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 17:34

From a position of complete ignorance, I just looked this up on the net and found that carborundum stone is an old-fashioned term for a silicon carbide stone, thus educating myself if nobody else!

Jean Bailey

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 17:24

I suppose the thing to do, then, is to write to them personally and ask them to do so. The publicity involved in a garden visit from one of them or from GW would surely help. Personally, I think this is a shocking thing, because all she has done is to make the area more wildlife-friendly. She hasn't built anything on the land except a pond, as far as I know. I would be willing to write to the council and protest on a personal level, if someone posted the address to contact. I am sure others would be, too. I am wondering whether she could aproach her local MP, but perhaps she has already done so. I remember from my days in the civil service that an MP's letter made people jump to attention. 

MOB rants

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 17:17

This is rather a satisfactory thing to rant about, actually. They always leak, too, I find. I now stand mine in two little dishes, one for salt and one for pepper, to catch the grains that leak out. I suspect you get what you pay for and the answer is to go to a classy kitchen shop and pay a lot. I won't be doing that, mind you. I'm far too much of a cheapskate. I'll just carry on moaning.

Unknown plant/shrub

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 08:23

I am wondering if it is sweet violet, which has heart-shaped downy leaves.

Planting to reduce soil water content / reduce holard?

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 16:49

Could be useful when you really want to impress!

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 16:42

I did not watch it that year because it was the wrong time for me. Was it a one hour prog every week! Poor old Toby! I thought he was good when I did see him.

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 16:38

Gosh! Overrun! I nearly get a nervous breakdown if I find one! When I was first learing to gtarden I had a whole row of small perennials that keeled over and proved to have not roots and I was so disappointed that I've been neurotic about grubs in the soil ever since. Actually, I think those particular plants were eaten by the grubs of Daddy Long Legs, leatherjackets. I've since discovered that you can test for their presence by putting a piece of black plastic on the ground overnight and killing the grubs that have risen to the surface under it in the morning. no help for vine weevil grubs, though. I have clematis in pots and this year I am going to put parcel tape around them in a wide band and smear it with insect barrier glue (available on Amazon) since this is supposed to keep vine weevils away.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 16:20

Does anyone remember a time when GW was on for an hour?

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