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What a great series!

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 22:50

Norty DK!

Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 18:37

Lovely photos!  Thanks for sharing.  

Ma.

Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 17:53

Hello again - so nice to hear about Rasta & Bonzo!  HCF was the only whippet I've ever had who liked water - most will tippy-toe round even the shallowest puddle, whereas HCF would run to & fro splashing like mad & loving it!  I still miss him dreadfully................

Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 16:07

Hi again Obs - New dog (Pie) was just over 12 months old when I got him & had been an "only" dog so it took a while for him to adjust not only to a new home but also  having a "senior" dog too.  T.A. had become a bit clingy during the weeks after HCF died, so having a companion to run round with has been a good thing.  The pecking order has been established!  They get on really well but don't seem especially fond of each other - both vying for my attention I guess - so I'm wondering how long it will be until I see them curled up together on the sofa or squashed up on one dog bed.  So far they haven't done that, except when travelling in the back of the car.  No arguments whatsoever though, which I'm really pleased about.

Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 13:04

Hi Obs - how are you these days?  Good to hear that Rasta's playmate has settled in so well. 

 

As far as choosing  a breed of dog goes, I reckon there are so many "fashions" these days that it's a pity people don't think first before they buy - e.g. if you don't have the sort of lifestyle that suits what was bred to be a working dog, you're probably asking for trouble if you can't give the dog the amount of exercise/work/entertainment it needs.  Ongoing maintenance is something people don't often think about much as well - I dread to think what it costs to have a dog's coat professionally trimmed, for example.  Have just paid over £70 this morning for booster jabs for The Accomplice - and, being a whippet, care of his coat etc is minimal! The late Charleyfarley's successor (whippet - of course!) is doing fine - he's a bit whiney sometimes, and I can't always "read" him the way I've been able to with all my previous whippets. He's quite like HCF in terms of wanting to be outdoors a lot, and not nearly so much of a couch potato as T.A. is.  Just goes to show that even dogs of the same breed can be quite different in terms of character.

Wysteria in a windy environment

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 14:30

I don't think you'd have any particular problems with planting wisteria on a south-facing wall - after all, we don't get much in the way of strong southerly winds in the UK - mostly north-westerly here, and I'm not far from NW Wales.  I think problems usually arise with those plants which have foliage all year round, & a south-facing wall might mean that any plant there would get damaged by winter sunlight on frosty leaves, which wouldn't be the case with wisteria - or roses, come to that!

Mice?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 21:35

I think it's more likely to be a mole or a vole than a rat or mouse. I don't think rats or mice would tunnel underground quite like that.  Mole tunnels are surprisingly narrow and the mole can squeeze through narrower gaps in paving etc than you might think.  In any case, I don't think a chocolate-baited mousetrap would do!  Moles are solitary creatures - they only get together to mate, apparently - so you've probably only got the one - if indeed it is a mole. 

I'm not sure how to get rid of voles, but one way to deter moles is to annoy them by creating something which would conduct noise and/or vibrations down into the tunnel.  They like peace & quiet!  I'd suggest this cheap way of trying to disturb the mole:  cut the bottom off a plastic bottle and push the bottle upside down a few inches into the top of the disturbed ground.  The wind noise transmitted through the plastic often does the trick.  You could even tie some old CDs or something to a short stick and see if that would work.  Another way is to get a child's plastic windmill & push the stick down into the hole.  None of these things cost much - if anything - and you've nothing to lose by trying!

wisteria

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 19:57

'cos that's what they all do!  seriously, though, the flowers (the whole stem is called a raceme, I think) don't seem to last all that long.  This year my wisterias weren't doing their best - due I suppose to the amount of rain we had when the flowers first began to open.  Those at the top of the racemes were well past their best & starting to die off before the whole had flowered.  What's usually left after flowering is a rather tough central "stem" which stays put even over the winter months, giving the plant a bit of a whiskery look sometimes.  I just snip them off - takes hours as the wisterias cover most of the front of my house!  If  any of them set seed, the pod looks a bit like a tough hairy runner bean pod and this will stay on the vine for months if you let it.   I don't think may people attempt to grow wisterias from seed - I believe they're mostly propagated using cuttings.  In any case, they take years to grow & be mature enough to flower, so if you're considering buying another one any time I'd suggest you get one which is in flower at the time of purchase.

what base is best for a compost bin

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 14:23

I think it's a god idea to put some chicken wire beneath the bin to stop any rats getting in if you put it directly on to the soil.  My black bins are in fact on paving slabs which have a bit less than a half-inch gap between them.  No rats - but the worms can get in there.

Closeboard panels or Lap panels

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 15:23

I reckon there are a couple of other things worth adding to Geoff's comments -  1) you can put a horizontal board at ground level first & this can then be replaced if & when any rot sets in - cheaper & simpler than replacing the whole close-board bit.....  and 2) I'd suggest is that you consider whether you want the horizontal supports to be visible on your side of the plot - it's usually the "best" side which the neighbours see!

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