Latest posts by hypercharleyfarley

Deer eating our privet-tips to repair and control?

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 12:19

If you google "deer repellents" you'll find all kinds of ideas - some from the US - about non-electric ways to stop them eating stuff.  I don't think many of them work for long, so it looks to me as though you only have a few options available if you're determined to keep the privet.

It might be worth making a cage-type structure to cover the new part of the hedge, using small-ish gauge wire netting which the deer's nose couldn't get through. The leaves might then grow enough to establish a solid-looking hedge within the "cage",

You could try the kind of motion-activated cat repellent gadget which people say can also work to deter other animals, or - at virtually no cost whatsoever - you could ask a local hairdresser to let you have some human hair offcuts and hang this in a netting bag close to the privet.


Ivy pruning

Posted: 12/03/2016 at 21:11

Do you mean tree ivy or other varieties?  I have quite a lot of ivy - on two pillars which support part of a large open rear porch, and more on a house wall where it was planted to hide some mis-matching brickwork when  the level of a windowsill was raised.  Both of these areas are an absolute haven for nesting wrens, so I only hard-prune the ivy in autumn and winter - though even then the small birds use it as a roost. 

During the warmer months - when the ivy is growing -  I regularly remove all the small shoots to restrict the area it covers.  I can usually just break it off without needing to use a blade of any kind but it you do have to be consistent and relentless as it will soon take over if you turn your back for a couple of weeks!

As far as tree ivy is concerned, the berries are a good food source for some birds right now - today several pigeons flew away from a ivy-covered tree trunk as I walked past.  Two large trees in the nearby woodland were blown over in that gale a week or to ago - they were really top-heavy with tree ivy so I suppose that's why they fell.

Garden Virgin

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 19:33

Hello again - we "cross-posted" I think.  Ref hiding the metal fencing - there could be a bit of a problem in that many garden fences these days aren't supposed to be higher than 6ft/2m.  One way round this is to erect what I call a  "half pergola" - if you google pergola you'll see what I mean - and if the posts are put in approx. 3ft from the fence (so that you can reach it for maintenance purposes) you can grow stuff up the poles and across the horizontals so's to hide the metal fence.

Garden Virgin

Posted: 10/03/2016 at 19:28

gosh - that was a quick response!  As far as books go,  think it's a personal kind of thing in that some people like the technical/factual stuff and some prefer things with lots of photographs and suchlike.  At least - in a charity shop - you'd only need to spend a relatively small amount of cash to acquire a whole shelf-full of books which might help not only now but later on too. 

If you can find (via t'internet perhaps) some CDs of AlanTitchmarsh or Geoff Hamilton working on various projects for people - or TV series - you might find them worth having. 

Gardening is such a personal thing in terms of what we like/want/can actually achieve that it's a bit of a minefield to try to suggest any particular aspect.  The main thing - in my opinion anyway! -  is to try to look ahead a bit and only spend the  larger amounts of cash on things which you know will have to last a long time. That means any paved areas, a shed or greenhouse, whether or not you'd decide to have a conservatory in future, etc.  I guess you can see what I mean by that.

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.

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ID please!

looks like a cross between grass and foxglove 
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