Gardening Grandma

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MOB rants

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 16:00

Well done!

There's a link about gout that may interest you (or you may know it all already).


MOB rants

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 15:28

Hope you enjoyed your lunch, Frank and Tina.



Planting to reduce soil water content / reduce holard?

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 15:24

I just looked up holard. It is the entire water content of the soil.

Larger plants take up more water than small ones, obviously. One solution if you have the light is to plant large climbing roses and foliage plants, over a pergola or similar. I knew someone who had a wet area of his garden ,so he put up a pergola and planted a large climbing rose. It looked gorgeous and did solve the damp problem completely for him. However, as sotongeoff says, no magic answers exist. His problem was because of water running down a slope into a hollow, rather than because he was generally on very wet soil. Very thirsty plants such as willows exist but can cause more problems than they solve.

We live on a hill and water running into our garden towards the house can cause problems. We dug a drainage ditch about three feet deep and filled the bottom with stones before refilling the rest with soil. I have heard of people putting a pipe or tubeinto these and directing the water to an existing drain.

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 08:36

It is Mother's Day here in the UK today. I'll be doing absolutely no cooking at all! Wonderful!

MOB rants

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 08:32

Hubby is mostly like royalty - doesn't carry cash, he has staff to do that!

Summer flowering evergreen Clematis

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 23:49

Hi Elizabeth. You need to leave this alone except for feeding until it has flowered and you have had the chance to identify it. Then come back on the forum with a photo of the flowers. When you have identified it, you will know whether it flowers on this year's wood or last year's, which is key to knowing how and when to prune it. Hope you enjoy your year's gardening.

MOB rants

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 23:36

I watched those, too, Palaisglide, ITV3 being my favourite channel. Bit bored, though, having watched them before. So i tend to agree with your rant.

Highland Jeannie, I think your rant was quite restrained under the circumstances! My sympathies.

Swiss Sue, having toured Ireland some years ago, it was very beautiful. It did  rain quite a bit, even more than in Wales, where I live, so taking a brolly would probably be a good idea! I learnt why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle - all that rain makes the grass grow! The people were charming and friendly - except for the guy who tried to pick my husband's pocket in Dublin. Hubby put his hand in his back pocket - and found another hand in there. He gripped a finger tightly but the guy twisted out of his grasp and disappeared into the crowd. We still liked Dublin though - it had a really good atmosphere, relaxed and friendly.


Posted: 09/03/2013 at 23:25

I think the discussion was about allotment vandalism. We will not exchange insults with anyone because it is playing into the hands of mischievous persons. 

GW gardening clubs

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 19:37
kate1123 wrote (see)

Surely forums have replaced Gardening clubs, I can get good advice 24 hours a day, I can share photos of my successes and get a variety of opinions on my failures.

The main advantages are that I can do this whenever I want, whilst eating my breakfast and without the expense of putting petrol in my car or trying to find somewhere to park. I do not have to leave the house on a icy night and worry about getting home safely.

I fully appreciate that gardening clubs have their place in some communities but for many of us forums have replaced them.

it is true that people are busy and the internet has replaced face to face contact for many, many people. I enjoy it myself and of course it is very easy and convenient. It is sad, though, if people are so self-sufficient sitting in their houses (when they get the chance) with their laptops and ipads that social networks of the face to face kind are destroyed. Cyber communities are not the same as real human contact.

Trees that provide cover for a small garden please!!

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 19:24

Bobcat,it was considerate of you to cut down the trees, since I should think that their only rights were to cut off the overhanging branches and give them back to you.

We had a similar problem with neighbours and trees. We solved it by putting up a pergola and planting large climbers to grow over it. We have quite a lot of privacy without causing a nuisance to the neighbours. Otherwise, there is are some nice flowering cherries that are narrow in growth and go to about ten metres and I am thinking about planting one at the bottom of the garden.

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