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Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 16:27

No mischief Verdun.  Simply making some observations from the viewpoint of a site moderator.  I haven't read the entire thread so if other posts made after the one I quoted changed the atmosphere of the thread that's unfortunate.  That wouldn't change the basic observations I made.

Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

Posted: 21/11/2015 at 18:20

"We cant have one person making judgements like that ....sorry Dove but you were out of order there."

Sorry but I can never get the quote thing to work properly.  Dove raised her concern with the moderator(s) which she/he is completely entitled to do.  Dove did not remove the topic.

The moderator(s) do, and must, have the ability to remove content which they believe breaks the rules of the site.  There is no requirement on them to explain their actions although in this case they have decided to do so.

As you might have guessed, I also undertake moderator activities on a site, not a plant / garden related one.  If the mods there spotted a problem early on, and it's practical just to remove the original offending post, they might simply edit the topic to remove that part.  Once you get to the stage of multiple 'problem' posts, total removal is often the only practical solution.

How to make a garden fence last....and last........!

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 08:07

It must have been a long time between viewing and moving in if the ivy had gone from being trimmed back to a state where it destroyed the fence.

The other problem with having ivy over an old fence is that it also encroaches on the neighbour's garden.  It may not be what they want but if they cut it back it could kill the growth on your side.

The Supernatural

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 18:42

Two examples - 1 personal experience, the other that of a friend of mine.

In the first I was at a friend's house one evening when I heard footsteps running across the floor above me.  Knowing it was their young son's bedroom I said I thought he would be asleep by now.  My friend just smiled and said "He is, that happens all the time and there's never anybody there".  My friend is a very level headed farmer and not one to fantasise.  What actually caused the noise neither he nor I know.

In the second my best mate's girlfriend was ill in hospital.  As she was a nurse at that hospital, and therefore known to many of the patients, she was in a side ward to provide her with some privacy.  He called me one evening to see if I wanted to go for a drink.  This was unusual in itself as he wasn't a big drinker and certainly didn't tend to go out in the week.  When I met him he looked pale and agitated.  He explained that his girlfriend had been very argumentative when he visited her, they had rowed, and he got up to leave.  A drinking glass which had been beside the basin, well out of reach of his girlfriend had shot across the room.  Not surprisingly is scared the **** out of him.  He said there had been a few previous instances where he thought items had moved but he put it down to imagination, but not this time.

Mares tail

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 08:42

I'll get my order in  I've just hand dug an area roughly 25 ft x 15 ft and gone through every fork full by hand to remove as much of the stuff as I can.  Using chemicals in the spring when it starts to regrow will hopefully finish it off.

Talkback: Growing bamboo

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 07:55

Nigra isn't anything like as invasive as its cousin Aurea.  That can be a real brute if not contained effectively.

How to make a garden fence last....and last........!

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 07:53

Just like any other plant, ivy is only a problem if it's growing where it's not wanted.

Mares tail

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 07:50

Buddyboy, how effective have you found Kurtail to be?  Has there been much regrowth in an area once fully treated?  It ain't cheap so I'd want to have a decent level of confidence before trying it.


Posted: 15/10/2015 at 20:59


I, for one, have no problem with the issue being raised again.  Maybe somebody, someday, will come up with a solution and it will get posted in to a new topic.  Sadly, I won't hold my breath waiting.  Just as sadly I will have to hold my breath when clearing the deposits left on my lawn by other people's "little darlings".

I did make a suggestion on a previous thread about where to insert the end of their tails, but that didn't meet with universal approval.

Slate chipping

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 16:04

I've always thought of slate chippings as decorative rather than for use as paths.  Slate can be pretty slippery when wet so I'd be doubtful.

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