greenfingers steve

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Parker’s poor customer service

Posted: Yesterday at 21:49

I have ordered from J. Parfer on several occasions and imo, you get what you paid for. 

6 Day Lilly Bertie Ferris and 9 Verbena blue spires costing a total of less that £20 came delivered as bare rooted. No problems with that, but their planting instruction that came with the plants stated they could be planted out straight away in to boarders as long as the soil conditions were not frozen or waterlogged. As they were delivered as bare rooted in September they were potted up and placed in my cold frame for planting out last spring. To state that these could be planted out in to boarders was totally misleading, particularly for any novice garden that would have lost most of these plants based on thier poor root stock, if they had followed that instruction 

Buying new plants

Posted: 14/12/2017 at 18:30

I do by plants off eBay but check the customer reviews and plant specification before buying. Personally, I have not had any real problems with sourcing plants on eBay and the quality has been very good 

Perimeter border help please

Posted: 09/12/2017 at 11:36


Removal of any part mature shrub could be easy or hard depending on how big the root ball has grown at the base.

I would remove most of the top growth leaving a centre bow. This ensures you have a lever to use to remove the root ball  Dig around the base of the root ball to make the roots visible. You could then leave it exposed to the frost that will weaken the roots and make it easier to remove it a few days later 

Cut out as many of the roots using secateurs etc. If you have a pick axe you will be able to lever the root ball out. I normally use a metal fencing bar that looks like a large crow bar. The advantage of using the fence bar is that it will cut through larger roots and ensure easy leverage of the root ball. I would also lay a plastic garden sheet over your lawn to move the extracted root ball on to as this reducing soil been trodden in to your lawn and it will make it easier to transfer it out of your garden 

Bronco bull barrow wheelbarrow

Posted: 09/12/2017 at 00:43

Hi All 

Received my new wheelbarrow from World Store on wednesday of his week. They agreed that the original wheelbarrow was not sufficiently built strong enough at the base of the pan and blamed this on a manufacturing proble. Imo, I have the same wheelbarrow that us not designed for over weighted object. However, I wil use mine for normal gardening functions and not for moving lumps of concrete etc  

Perimeter border help please

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 23:48


As you have established edges to your lawn then you will be restricted in what you can plant due to the width of your boarders. The fruit tree's will grow 2 to 3 mr high by 2 m wide so they will encroach on to the lawn area once established. I would suggest reducing the amount of fruit trees in your garden but be aware that what you leave in will require cross fertilisation from another fruit tree to produce fruit. This could occur from other fruit tree's in the vicinity of your garden. Any large shrub will effect the type of light in to your garden, so consider small shrubs that will be suited to, what appears to be part shade garden. There are plenty to pick from and no doubt someone will supply you with that information on here or at any good garden centre. Obviously, the style you want for your garden will effect what plants to place in it. But if you go for a cottage garden with perennial flowers and bulbs then your boarders should fill up quite quickly over a season 

Hope this helps 

The Snail Lover's Society

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 11:54



I think I will delay my membership. The slug and the Lilly beatle have been my main nemesis's and they will never be on my christmas card list. But, as the hymn goes "All things bright and beautiful all creatures great and small" . So they may have a right and a reason to be part of natures rich tapestry. But that appreciation ends when all my efforts to protect my plants goes out the window

Happy gardening to all and a very Merry Christmas to all (except slugs) πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

The Snail Lover's Society

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 11:24

The worlds gone Mad πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Is there any good reason why garden fleece is white?

Posted: 03/12/2017 at 10:43

Just adding to the debate, I thought white reflects heat from the sun and black would absorb more heat - approximately by 40% more. Surely, when protecting plants it would be more benificial to use black fleece applying that theory Any heat level would be better for a protected plant particularly in extreme cold temperature.

Saying that, there must be a economical reason why fleece is normally only supplied in white 

Bronco bull barrow wheelbarrow

Posted: 01/12/2017 at 10:29

Thanks Jan 

Surprisingly they contacted me on Tuesday of this week to confirm that they will supply me with a new wheel barrow today. I will wait and see if this happened as the contact was through email and it seems to good to be true. 

I will let you know if it happens 

Is it suitable to crush slugs while gardening?

Posted: 28/11/2017 at 20:54

I know most of us have had enough of slugs and the extensive damage they do to crops and plants. I use every conceivable option including animal friendly slug pellets, beer traps, gravel and beer traps

I also invented(I think) salt rings

PS. Salt ring are plastic cartons that you receives from Chinese takeaways. I use the lids and cut out the middle section leaving just the plastic channel. I pin these to the soil around plants with metal wire a then fill the channel with salt. For a bigger circumference of channel, I use 2 or 3 and cable tie them together. It works unless we get a lot of rainfall 

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