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Posted: 31/08/2012 at 21:30

i have already posted this on thread 'Brambles' however I do need help.

When clearing an area of garden to prepare a rhubarb bed I moved some builders blue plastic sheet and, as well as a couple of large slugs, found 4, maybe 6, newts underneath it. As they will need to be rehomed I need to know how to attempt this and the best area to put them in. There is no water in the garden or in neighbouring ones. I am a novice with this sort of creature

Help - Massive Bramble problem

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 13:10

We had same problem and sorted it by cutting down all brambles and other overgrown stuff with a powerful hedge trimmer - the bonfire burnt for 4 days - and then digging over an area at a time deeply. and havingmore bonfires. Some areas I sprayed with Roundup plus but have found roots still need to be dug.Ihn fact our bonfires became a joke with our neighbours! 

We then kept them cut dwon in areas we were not working on and have slowly beaten the stuff. In the cultivated areas we still have weak brambles but are easily sorted. You do have to keep going over what has been dug.

21/2 years on we still have areas to 'un-bramble' in fact I have started on the last bad area today.

I don't think there is a quick fix really, just hard and persistant work.

Now in the area started today i have found a few (4) newts under some builders plastic. Replaced plastic for now but does anyone out there in garden land know where I can put them without harm, blue builders plastic is right where new rhubarb bed will go

Talkback: How to make a rustic trellis

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 10:52
I made this for my old garden out of thin florist type wire and supports from an old willow obelisk. I have just followed this idea in my new garden. My next door neighbour was going to dump some old style chestnut fencing so I have used 2 lengths of it to hang off concrete posts on back fence. As chestnut posts were already strung together cost was £0. The third I had to wire the posts together. Although the clematis is still very small (1st year) the 'trellis' breaks up the look of what would otherwise be a long boring fence (90ft). Can't wait for plants to grow.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 17:06

I use Countrywide multi purpose - this year it was 3 x 100l bags for £17- I find it good. Used it for potato bags, top dressing planting etc. Now going to use spent potato bags for a top dressing. I have also used Goodwins - I get it at 4x70l bags for £10. Goodwins also do an easy use horse manure mix at same price as multi purpose compost. Using these is finally beginning to make a difference to my very clayey soil

Goodwins I get from my local low cost shop and Countrywide from the stores of that name.

B&Q I fell out with last year,

really need help

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 11:57

You may get gravel boards off e-cycle. I bought very cheap short picket fence which i painted a pretty green and put on top of gravel boards. I also grow cosmos along the picket fence - perhaps a good safety feature with 2 little girls. Having trouble downloading photo to show you. 

really need help

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 09:59

I am still renovating a garden with a limited budget. That wood wall holding back the raised part. We had a similar problem. Do i see in the picture that the wood is slatted into concrtet poats. if so - this is money i know - but you can gat concrete gravel boards that are about 30cm high search andyou would find some with a brick pattern - much easier on the eye. If these are not high oenough you could gat a plain shorter gravel board and slot in first then add decorative one on top. 

I woul also buy paint and make the boundaries look better. 

If you started with these 2 things plus tidying you would be surprised how your work plan will slot into place. Oh and I would improve that step up for safety.

Then plan a little each season.

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 11:14

Sorry all I meant 'compliment GW'

Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 11:11

My husband found Beechgrove when i was moaning about lack of gardening programmes. Have not had chance to view it - to busy gardening! I see it has fact sheets as well so MUst watch.

As for other programmes. I would love to see ones where borders are planned, how to balance plants for max effect, how to rectify mistakes - we all make them.- In fact a HOW TO programme to suplement GW

Using rusty tools

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 12:31

That sort of answes a question i have about an old galvanised bath I intend to use as a small water feature. I have seaked the bottom edge but it is going rusty, Hopefully this means once full of water I won't have to do anything more to it. Am I right?

free penstemons

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 17:28

Received my penstemons week before last,day before I went away. theyare very small and have lost a couple. perhaps because not enough tlc as was away. Greenhouse sitter(son) very generous with water. Still at least plants don't die of drought!!

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