Latest posts by Kezza

Bush/Tree Identification

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 11:05


I agree leycesteria .  I brought one from my old house to the present one when I moved in the middle of last winter.  It was a foot high when I first had it, and has now shot up to nearly 6 foot !  It went through a very cold scottish winter, wrapped in nothing but an old shower curtain and the absolute minimum of soil in the corner of the garden !!!  I planted it out in the spring, and this year it's growing really well, abundent with flowers, which have now gone over to plump black berries. 

Has anyone received their November 2012 issue yet?

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 14:21

mine arrived yesterday, but not unwrapped it yet

pets and why they are called what they are called

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 14:18

Now you're all gonna think I'm quite mad  I have 2 German Shepherds.  Their given names, by me, are Robbie and Blue.  But Robbie answers to :  Robbie, Rob, Bobby, Bob, Pop, Fatty Bum, Big Bum Bobby, Big Boy, Young Man, and of course Good Boy !  Blue has never been called Blue for more than one day, he answers to Monkey (coz he was a cheeky lil monkey when a pup), Little Man (coz he was my little man), Snuggie and Snug (a slant on snuggles (our word for cuddles)), and his latest name is Nug which seems to have stuck, he also answers to Stinker !

I take full responsibility for their multi-personality disorders

Where is Nigel?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 14:34

lawn removal?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 13:40

Hi Chris


I cut a massive flowerbed in my garden at the start of this year, I removed all the sods of soil and it took forever, but was worth it in the end.  Then, I cut out 6 more beds for my veggies each measuring 10' x 4', and have just laid weed suppressant fabric straight onto the grass between the beds, I have put about 3 inch thickness of bark mulch on top, to act as a path between the beds.  I was fed up of cutting the grass between the veggies, as my garden is on a slope and I have a big heavy mower.  It is trial and error, I shall have to see if the grass underneath dies back sufficiently.  Thirdly I have just laid out a fruit plot, which measures some 50m2, originally I was going to cut rows for my fruit into the grass, but in the end just covered the whole area with weed suppressant fabric, and have cut holes in that for the various fruit shrubs and canes, sinking tubs for the blueberries which are in ericaceous soil.  It will again be trial and error over this expanse of grass, as whilst the fabric has been down around 2 weeks, the grass underneath is yellowing now, but I did notice when planting my fruit this last weekend that a few strands of grass have managed to shove their way through the membrane.  Whether or not they would continue to grow remains to be seen ....... though hopefully not, as again I covered this area with around 3" thick of bark mulch as per veggie plot.  Good luck !

Mysterious unknown plants

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 08:42

Hi AliP


3rd pic, I believe, is a form of spiraea.  I have it in my garden, and the same - is flowering still.

What animal is this please?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 12:27

Hi Mandy

I would hazard a guess at a mouse.  I have various holes all over my garden, some right in the middle of the lawn!!, and I also have one in my veg patch right next to my veggies like you, looks like you're growing Kale or similar, which is the same veg I have a hole right next to.  Needless to say, the 4 kale plants nearest the hole I have have all been chomped down to a bare stalk lil tinkers !!!

perrenial foxgloves?

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 08:53

Hi all

I too have a perennial foxglove, sounds the same one as gardeningfantic has, about 12-15" tall with tiny little creamy yellow flowers.  It definitely comes up every year, I've had it for years and it never fails.  It's one of my favourites in the garden, so dinky, yet still a foxglove.

Wind Powered Wood Chopper

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 13:07

have a look at

doubt they'll ship to the UK though

shame, coz you've got me wanting one now - my grandad used to have one I think

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 11:32

Thursday 23rd August, BBC2 Scotland at 7.30pm and repeated Sunday 26th August, BBC2 Scotland at 5pm

 Tried again to watch The Flowerpot Men last night, lasted about 12 seconds and switched channels.

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Monty's advice on Strawberries ........

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grass clippings at base of established azalea

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