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Posted: 06/05/2015 at 20:38

Our garden is very exposed and windy. We're in the middle of town as well. My husband put some plastic netting with thick fine mesh to our 6' high metal framed gate to try and give some shelter to the back garden. I keep the shrubs cut down to 6' or less, with hardy perennials in between. Time has taught me to never grow anything delicate at all. Such a waste of money and heart ache!

Pond plant help

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 12:52

We have in the past bought some Water Hyacinths and Chestnuts. Be warned these eventually take over the pond. They have then filled half my recycling bins in one go. I have also been able to sell them, as they are up to £3.50 a plant. But I prefer the water lettuces now. The slugs do not eat these and they are very pretty.

Composting paper

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 15:22

Also try adding it between any green or vegetation otherwise it will just be a gooey mess. Alternate. I always shred private documents and add them to my compost as well as some cardboard and tissues interspersed with the green stuff. Worms don't differentiate!

Hello everyone

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 14:09

Yippee! And I shall be retired then! At last

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 14:02

Thanks folks for all your advice. Have seen the dreaded signs for the first time in 9 years of living here. Will be drenching my 2 compost bins tonight when I get home. From my over full water buts! Would have used the snappy traps actually in the bins, as we have a nosy dog. But hubby & I are going to empty them, use the good compost on the front garden, and empty the rest into the council green waste as we are in the process of selling.

Easy to grow/maintain purple and pink flowers

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 13:04

Schizostylis (had to Google the spelling) for late summer/autumn flowering. Sword shape leaves most of the year. So easy to maintain, and they spread so well. I have them as a river running through a flower bed by the pond. Small red sedum. a succulent that can be draped over a pot. House leeks, red/pink all year around. Could go on.

Sitting water

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 15:00

I have to brush mine away regularly here in Devon. So have made a dip along the front of the flower bed that is parallel to it, to help it soak away!

Great Way of Making Some Money Out of this Hobby?

Posted: 16/02/2015 at 14:30

Sold hundreds of pounds worth of surplus plants over the years, at car boots and at work. I give car boots full away to family and charity days as well. Haven't the patience for seeds, but my plants grow prolifically so I split them. Have created many gardens for friends and family when they moved. But not after this year, moving to a much smaller place to get some rest, and preserve my back! Time will tell!


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 15:56

 Hope you knowledgeable people can help me here. At end of of August went out to do the night time slug collection with torch as per. I couldn't believe what I saw. I thought there were 100s/thousands of them on my lawn. Then the things disappeared under ground. I then realised what I was seeing were worms, coming to the top of my lawn. They covered the surface more or less, so I stopped in case I trod on them. It happened for some nights. Why? was this some mating ritual, or a full moon worm ritual? Then we found a hedgehog and frog in the garden, so stopped the nightly hunt.Would love to know what it was all about!

Acers dieing?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 09:17

My Acer leaves do go brown with wind damage. Mine is by the pond.

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