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Stepping stones

Posted: Today at 11:38
Hostafan1 says:

if ground cover plants grow over them, will you be able to see them to stand on without standing on the ground cover plants?

As I've said, I'm happy to be proven wrong.

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 If you bothered to read all of my post you would see that I said I will be able to move the ground cover plants.  Therefore I won't stand on them.  I'll need to access that part of the garden quite frequently so any growth over the stepping stones can be easily controlled.

Sorry if I'm failing to bow to your oh so obviously greater knowledge, and to agree with your opinion!


Posted: Today at 11:18

I read a great comment by Bill Bryson, the writer, about the Honours System today.

He does say he could be accused of hypocracy because he accepted an honorary OBE, but these are his thoughts.

"According to the citation, the award was for services to literature, which is very kind and generous, but what it really meant was that it was for services to myself, because I didn't do anything I wasn't going to do anyway.  That's the problem with honours, you see.  On the whole, people are rewarded just for being themselves, which, in a lot of cases, frankly is quite enough already"

I couldn't express it better myself, which is probably why he's a writer in the first place, and I'm not.

Stepping stones

Posted: Today at 11:11
Hostafan1 says:

B3, in a warm loving way, DON'T. 

I hate them, they invariably look naff and hardly anyone ever keeps to them.If you need a path, make a path.

You might ,however, prove me wrong. 

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 Obviously down to personal opinion, but stepping stones can have their uses.  I have one bed where I need to get into it to do work, but don't need or want a proper path running through it.  By placing stepping stones in there, I can get in amongst things without risking treading on plants I want.  Ground cover plants will grow over them in time but can be moved out of the way when I need to.

Stepping stones

Posted: Today at 11:07
Palaisglide says:

B3, the puzzle is in the question, you object to paying for cement how else are you going to make stepping stones?


Last edited: 30 August 2016 09:46:50

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 From the way I read the OP, the objection is to the price of pre-made stepping stones, not to the use of cement.  At our local garden centre, natural stone stepping stones are actually cheaper than concrete ones.

Bulb starter worth it?

Posted: Today at 11:00
Ladybird4 says:

They would need feeding after flowering so that the leaves can send food back down to the bulbs again but as B3 is not bothered about saving for next year it will be fine.

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 Thanks for the clarification.  I'm planning to plant spring bulbs when I remove the current plants from my pots.  Not having to renew the compost will certainly save a few quid.  I don't plan to save the bulbs either.

Bulb starter worth it?

Posted: Today at 08:00

The bulbs will have all the nutrient within them that they need for their initial growth, but will used compost have enough in it to sustain the plant through the entire growing / flowering season?

Snake bark maple

Posted: Yesterday at 16:27

Thanks H-c.

We are on good draining land here so waterlogging won't be a problem.  In fact the deeds for the house forbid commercial extraction of sand and gravel, which gives an idea of what the ground is like

Snake bark maple

Posted: Yesterday at 15:51

I'm looking for a tree to add some height and interest between our garden and that of our neighbour.  I want a tree that's fairly upright and won't cast a huge shadow on their garden.

The Snake bark maple Acer capillipes seems to fit the bill.  Does anybody have experience of it?


Posted: Yesterday at 15:45

My suggestion remains unpopular with the cat people, and may even be illegal!!  Make a well know phrase or saying from 'gun' and 'shot'.  Just kidding, but only just.  I stopped them leaving their calling cards in my front lawn by digging it up and replacing it with gravel.

Buying a new shredder

Posted: Yesterday at 13:17

I've got a JCB electric shredder, blade type, and have successfully used it for soft green material as well as woody.  The trick that works for me is to feed through a mixture of green and woody each time.  I'm not saying it never gets clogged but it's rare for me to have to unbung it more than once a day, even when used for extended periods. Unfortunately JCB don't seem to make shredders any more.

The only downside of the one I have is that the outlet is very low to the ground so I have to constantly move the shreddings away from the outlet.  I don't use a collection box on it, I stand it on a tarpaulin then gather up the corners and drag it down to the compost heap.

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