hollie hock

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Posted: 03/10/2012 at 20:08

why would you want to?

Allotment Dilemma

Posted: 03/10/2012 at 19:51

Hello, I don't have an allottment, but is this a peroid of consultation before the new commitee takes over? Or has it happened already? It seems very strange to me that if you have an existing agreement/contract with the council that this can be changed with out due proper consultation with other plot holders who are going to be directly affected not only on a practical level but on a finacial one as well. If you have any paperwork/contract of when you took over the plot that will certainly strengthen any arguement that you may wish to bring. Even if it's not that detailed- the longer the contract you have, will be in your favour.

I agree- there is strength in numbers- maybe get some consensus of  opinion from other plot holders. It really depends on how much time & energy you want to devote to this. Sympathatic to the cause  town/local/county councillors maybe able to help as well.

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Posted: 02/10/2012 at 21:05

it's a lot better geoff- thanks

wet wild flower medow

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 21:03

hello cody, one plant that comes to mind is the ragged robin. I bought this in a local market earlier this year. it's the first time I've grown it. From what I've read- ideally it's a bog plant which like lots of sunshine but wet feet. I planted it in damp, clay, heavy soil in partial shade and it did well. Probably finished flowering a bit earlier than what is said about it but that could have been done to the dreadful summer. It has died back but now has healthy growth at the base of the plants. I also collected seeds from the seed pots this year and have loads of young seedlings in my cold frame. They are meant to be great at self seeding.

I've just started to plant some of them out.

I'm growing it as it's beneficial to insects- lovely flowers

What's the light/sunshine levels in the area that you are thinking of?

New house, new garden, how to de-weed and de-plant borders please??

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 20:42

you don't mention the size of the plot- I wouldn't go for bleach or diesel. If it's that over grown, full of weeds and you want to completely start from scratch, same as previous advice  I would go for the weed killer approach. If you are not fussy about what it kills, you can spray it all over- might take a couple of applications, it will work. 

Can I just say there may be some really lovely plants lurking in there. I'm not a roses fan, I've dug out a few and given them away. If you go for the weedkiller approach or mini digger, there's a risk you might get rid of some hidden gems. Have you got a picture of the plot?

Lavender plants

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 20:04

hello, I got my lavenders as part of the free perennials offer from T&M  in May. My interest in the offer wasn't about these plants so potted them on into small pots and sort of neglected them. Put 3 in each pot and left them outside, they have done really well. They are about 4" but very bushy,leaves smell lovely. I'm going to leave them in their pots, pot on if necessary and over winter in the cold frames, plant them out next year.

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Posted: 02/10/2012 at 19:42

Evening everybody, update on the cat- she seems to be settling in well to life as a shed cat- she now has a comfy, dry, draught proof bed installed in the shed. She's not gone far today, sensible, as the weather has been awful. I've kept my distance but no aggressive behaviour has been observed. I'm very pleased that she got spaded before she had to go out Thanks to everyone who has commented and given advice, I really appreciate it- the whole thing has been very distressing but who knows things might turn out for the best for both me and her.


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Posted: 01/10/2012 at 22:06

Hi jean- think you may have something there- not really sure what you mean by elf-like features but she is a tiny thing, very sleek but very strong. Just spotted her coming out of the shed. We've always described as as a moggy or alley cat I will post a picture of her so you can have a look at her face

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Posted: 01/10/2012 at 21:24

hi geoff- I do know what you mean. She's not that keen on strangers so my instincts tell me that she will be unlikely to  be adopted as a pet by a household.  Not at all keen to come back in here!

My vets were brilliant, the advice was that although you can take away the hormones you might not take away the behaviour and unfortunatley he was right.  I did discuss having her put down but his advice was let her out and give her a chance. Time will tell I guess. Thanks

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Posted: 01/10/2012 at 20:21

Hi geoff, never been in this situation so really don't know- I've just spotted her near the shed so I think she's come back for her grub From house cat to shed cat.........feel relieved that she is ok

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