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squirrel shot for coming to the table.

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:20

Rats are rats with tails. Apart from that, Slowly, you're generalising about things quite a lot. There's no way we can have any old Tom, Dick and Harry walking round Regent's Park 'dropping' every grey squirrel in sight, or sitting in their bedroom window picking off the squirrels on the bird table across the street. Yes, they cause considerable damage, but do you think no-one's trying to do anything? Sadly, we started about 100 years too late.

As for foxes, as you say we provide them with too much food. I'm surprised there weren't a few on the train the other night clearing up after the stupid passengers.  However, I heard someone say the other day that numbers in some areas of London are falling. Tally-ho for the Hampstead and Highgate Hunt!

under the spreading catalpa tree

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 14:05

Get rid of OH first, nutsy.

under the spreading catalpa tree

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 09:42

nutcutlet,

The simple question is: do you really want this tree, which will only get bigger, or would you really prefer some other things in its place? I think sometimes we get mesmerised by some plant that turns out to be inappropriate to the location, and we're too sentimental to get rid of it and have something that we really want. Would you be much happier with tree peonies and other interesting, decorative and smaller plants?

the pope

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 16:49

I'll bet the choccies have all been scoffed. I enjoyed the comment on this morning's radio that he was the first pope for 600 years to resign in Latin on television.

Does no digging work?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 16:35

You could die wishing that the 4m 34sec would end soon. The U.S.Army wasted its time inventing waterboarding.

under the spreading catalpa tree

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 16:08

Catalpas cast a very dark shade, so the prospects for anything trying to grow under it are not good. I'd just much it with either soil or chipped wood.

Edging for bed

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 19:56

Use lengths of treated wood screwed (easier than nailing if you have a drill) to stakes (preferably oak). Stakes 2" square by 18" or two feet long depending on your soil and slope. Your lengths of wood can be simply standard fencing rails, 87mm x 37mm, which you can get in 3.6m lengths from your local woodyard or farm supplier, or you can thicker and deeper sections if you like. Fix them so that theeir tops are flush or just above the soil surface. Excuse the mixed measurements!

A-Z TV gardening

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 14:09

If Carol Kirkwood's programme, not that I've seen it, was the only one on TV there might be some cause for complaint, but there are others that cover different ground, so I think there's a case for living and letting live. But there's no chance of a gardening channel, so what you get is about all that's likely. There is plenty of stuff on the web, in books, in magazines, in newspapers, in garden centres and B&Q, not to mention friends and allotment neighbours, relating to practical techniques and problems, so actually information has never been more accessible. No TV programme can do other than scratch the surface in 30 or 60 minutes. You have to make up your mind whether you really want to do the hard work of finding out how to do things or whether you just want to be entertained.

Anyway, how did people manage to garden for the first 6000 years?

Monet's Garden, Giverney

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 13:53

It's not an enormous garden, Geoff, couple of acres probably - no great distance involved, so it's about your individual style of looking at things. We had a whole day there, but that included looking inside the house, which is very interesting - especially if you like Japanese art, walking up the village for lunch at the Hotel Baudy, a look in the Musee d'Art Americain, and un petit hommage at Monet's grave. So I would think if you could stretch your three hours to four you'd be fine.

In September the garden will be a mass of colour from dahlias, 'big daisies', hollyhocks and so on.

Infill for raised beds

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 13:27

The trouble is that you might change your mind about what you want to grow - for instance decide to grow a crop of new potatoes or parsnips. I've assumed that bigMAL's site is essentially reasonably drained, so I'd go for all soil and maximum flexibility.

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