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Garden Virgin

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 19:05

Hello GJ4 - you've really got the proverbial Blank Canvas there!  Really good that there seems to be nothing much in the way of other property close behind, so lots of light and no real need to make much by way of screening for privacy. 

I'm a bit puzzled by the fact that there seem to be two boundary fences - the wooden one, and then the metal one on the other side of the wooden panels. What's actually on the other side?  Could this affect anything you want to do with your own garden area?

One of the most cost-effective things to do at this stage - as far as getting ideas is concerned - would be to go to a local charity shop and see what books they might have ref gardening.  It's one of the best ways I can think of to discover what you could  do with your own garden - and then you could see whether there's something on You-Tube ref how to dig, prepare the ground, plant stuff, prune stuff etc  if you're unsure about how to do it all.

When it comes to buying tools etc, it's worth checking out your local Freecycle or car boot sales - you never know what you might find!

Good luck with it - and maybe you'll post some photos in a few months' time so we can see how you get on.

How to stop puppy from eating everything

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 16:14

Oh dear.................... and I've only spent 70 years with dogs as companions - ranging from working sheepdogs to Italian Greyhounds, so of course I know very little about canines..........................

How to stop puppy from eating everything

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 12:24

You don't need to smack a dog to show it that you want it to stop doing something - the use of voice works really well and won't cause arguments with the pro- and anti-discipline methods "brigade"! 

I've had dogs for more years than I'm going to say, and learned that dogs DO recognise who's "leader" - sorry, Steve The Vet!  (VERY disproven?)

If you want to put a stop to unwanted behaviour, several things are really important, and the first is that you need to be consistent.  The second thing is that I believe it works best if it's down to one person - not several members of the family - to communicate with the dog, so that it learns that it needs to pay attention.  The thing which works best in my experience is to use a very brief and sharp sound -  imagine the word TRACK spoken very loudly and sharply twice in quick succession.  I've always found this works not only to get the dog's attention but also to indicate that what it's doing is NOT acceptable!  Apparently it's a similar sound to that which the bitch makes to control very young puppies' behaviour. 

It works with adult dogs too - I used that method to stop two huge GSDs attacking my two dogs in the lane not too long ago.


First veg plot ideas - asparagus?

Posted: 09/03/2016 at 11:49

Some good ideas for you already - though I think it depends a bit on how many people you will feed.  I find that runner beans produce more than I need, so have to freeze the surplus, but salad crops, ground cress and sugar-snap or mange-tout peas are really worthwhile.

Petrol Rotary Mower Question

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 18:20

You're quite right about the wheels dropping over the edges or borders - unless they are edged with paviours/bricks which would provide a track for the wheel. 

A roller is better too if you have problems with moles or other wildlife digging up or under the lawn - the roller and its associated weight does sort this out.

After several years of having to use a wheeled (as opposed to a roller) mower I've now given up altogether and am getting someone else to cut the grass - they're using a rear-roller machine!  I had one for 27 years - until the spares were no longer available - and wouldn't recommend anything else.


Unidentifiied Fruit tree in Thailand

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 10:22

I wondered about guavas, but    -    there doesn't seem any indication of seeds, the fruit shown seems too big for guava and the flesh is much more like pomelo.  What a mystery!  Looking forward to finding out exactly what it is.

p.s. lived in Singapore for a while & have travelled a bit in the Far East, so familiar with some of the "exotic" fruits which we rarely see here in the UK.

Unidentifiied Fruit tree in Thailand

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 08:50

I think it's an immature pomelo.

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 14:18

I thought the MEPs spent some time in Strasbourg - or did they actually carry out the proposal to scrap that Obs?       Cheers!  Ma.

 p.s.  does it really matter which school people went to?   My OH went to Harrow - because his parents owned a couple of shops............................!

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 13:22

Not saying it's (per se) Belgium's fault, Obs - just that the bureaucrats seem to spend most of their time there! 


I think Dave M has made some very good points - wish there were a "like" button here!

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 12:05

It looks to me as though the EU is tottering above a precipice anyway - were we to vote "out" it might only hasten its fall ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, which looks inevitable. 

I don't think we are the only country which isn't totally satisfied with the way in which things have worked out - the original concept of a free trade area has been overtaken (some might say "smothered")  by a load of bureaucrats in Brussels whose agenda seems somewhat different.  If the people of the UK vote to leave, it'll be interesting to see who follows, as I reckon our departure would just be the start of the unravelling which is bound to happen eventually anyway.

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