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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.

Fork Handles

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.


Fork Handles

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

Fork Handles

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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Posted: 01/10/2012 at 19:44

Evening everyone- the cat has been spotted this morning in the garden, looks like she spent the night in the shed and has had a meal. I got her at about 12 weeks old for free off a wilkos add. Yes she's always been feisty, but also really friendly & very bright, it's as if something just switched in her brain.  Thanks for the link Jean- from what I've been reading I think it's a case of redirected aggression As she has just been to the vets I don't think there's anything physically wrong ( but I could be wrong). Unfortunetley because of the level of aggression/unpredicatability? it's just not possible to have her  in the house anymore. Feel very sad about it though At  least she's not crying to be let in she's  making her own way in world.



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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 23:33

I'm just off to bed, had a look outside and my cat is back- i just don't know what to do


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Posted: 30/09/2012 at 22:24

Hi Geoff managed to catch up with the first 2 episodes of lilyhammer  on the internet today, episode 3 is still on iplayer.Maybe still a good watch now? there's 8 episodes. Good news about  the killing will look out for it.Missed "room at the top" this week on bbc 4, read this a long time ago

Just out of interest have you seen Episodes on BBC 2?

Late flowering Delphinium

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:20

Me too

Discussions started by hollie hock

So pleased

Hedgehog in garden :) 
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Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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How long to leave bag over them? 
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Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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Cheap veg seeds

Are they worth it? 
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New garden

Some pictures 
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Leaving my garden

I'm moving 
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