Latest posts by Kezza

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.


Posted: 22/08/2012 at 09:41

lovely pics of the butterflies and bumbly!! thanks for identifying the Comma's that have been flitting round my garden the last couple of weeks too, (I'm in NE Scotland).  Also nearly stabbed 2 frogs at the weekend , getting rid of some untidy wild flowers / scruffy grass.  Don't freak, there are plenty other wild areas in my garden, including 2 stretches of garden measuring some 40' long each, containing long grass, thistles and anything else that wants to grow there!!  I moved one of the frogs to under my rhubarb which is still growing wildly, it's nice and moist and cool under there so figured he'd like it, the other one legged it into the remaining long grass, so I left him to it.  All the more reason to get a wriggle on with my pond project !!! 

Beware of

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 10:40

I ordered off these guys a good few years back, out of a magazine - the mini orchard collection, apple tree, pear tree, plum tree with free cherry tree.  All went through a couple of harsh scottish winters in pots outside, but the only one to survive was the pear, which is now planted in my garden, is very healthy at 6ft tall, with lots of leaves but no flowers or fruit this year.  However, I did e-mail the company a couple of months back to ask for replacement for the trees that didn't grow, as I swear when I ordered they offered a lifetime guarantee on the trees.  As with poor Kevin above, absolutely no response from the company, so I shan't bother ordering from them again.  We live and learn.  At least the pear tree's growing well, but at £29.99 (a few years back) - a tad dear me thinks


Posted: 20/08/2012 at 10:36

OMG !!!! Robot, what magnificent pictures

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

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