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Moonlit Hare

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A Laurel Hedge no more!

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 16:33

Hello, any suggestions how 2 quite unfit middleaged people with only the weekends for gardening might be able to take out a line of well established laurel stumps?

We've got a couple of other stumps to come out around the garden and we've drilled into them and added neat epsom salts, it seems to be working and rotting down the wood I've certainly not seen any new sprouts thats for sure.

However this line is against next doors fence I'm not sure what she has on the other side, and is exactly where we want to put in some new hazel trees, it's also right next to the new veggie patch so I'm a bit concerned about using anything chemical on it... I'm guessing the old fashioned dig the little monkies out is probably the only option, so any hint's and top tips are more than welcome please.

Thanks in advance

Just moved into an old house... huge ANT nest in flower bed :)

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 16:22

 Hello chaps,

apparently if you leave dried corn meal in their path they take it back and eat it and then it swells up and kills them off, I've not tried this myself so I can't say either way.

However I did have a small to med sized nest last year near the veggie patch so put a few pots of mint around and about.... I think they just moved next door but hey.... not on my patch!

The weather

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:23

Thanks Obelixx,

I left out some but lost my nearve when it came to the busies! The marigolds came back under cover too... so only half the conservertry looks like a jungle now!

It's my master plan to get the much beloved to finish putting up my greenhouse! we've got the frame built and the foundations are set now it's just a case of adding the panes and attatching it to the foundation, I'm trying my best not to nag but boy oh boy I'm chomping at the bit to get in there and have the space back in the house.

Thanks as ever for your help

Peoney & Delia

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 09:14

Brilliant! Thanks Chaps... I knew you wouldn't let me down!

Peoney & Delia

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 15:43

I've been a little impulsive at the garden centre and bought 3 different colours of peony and some pompon dahlias (the roots hung up in bags)

Where I want them to go isn't ready yet, we're still moving dirt and horse poop around putting in the raised beds, next job boarders!

In hind site I should have waited before buying them, but heyho!

I "liberated" some peonies from my Grannys garden last year and I know they sulk for a bit when you move them, I've got some pots I can stick them in for now, do you think I can get away with it for a couple of months?

Also do I need to give them a good soak before they go in?

Thanks for your help


seed swap mark 2

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 15:30

nothing to sway as yet but wasnt sure how to bookmark the thread..... thought this wiould be the easiest way of keeking track!

The weather

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 15:15

I should probably add they've had days out in the sunshine over the last week or so mainly so I caould water them, but I've left them out until the sun starts going down....

The weather

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 15:11

Hi Folks,

We've got a forcast of min 5°C overnight in my area.... I've a jungle of pots waiting to go in the garden taking up most of our conservertry at the moment....

Will 5°C be ok to leave my trays and pots out overnight?

I've some busy lizzies which are my main concern, the rest are peas, chinese lanterns etc what do you think? it's the 1st time I've had plants at this time of year that will need hardening off and I'm unsure of the dangerzone, I'd be gutted if I lost everything for the sake of just bringing them back in.....

Greenhouse base...securing to sleepers?

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 20:45

We've just got a single sliding door GH 6x8ft.

It came with a base and is Aliminimum (spelling?) and polly panes.

We've dug a trench about a bricks depth on it's side, put a layer of bricks on top and pointed them. We've left a gap in one of the holes in the bricks nearest to the garage door so if we want to run electricity to it we can.

The much beloved is in charge of any construction and he's going to run batons along the "wall" to drill into and fix the greenhouse. There's a small lip on the bottom of the GH frame and the wood should make it easier to square up the frame on the foundation.

We're going to totally loose the base that came with it.

I don't know if this helps you or not but I don't understand why you would want to extend the door?

If you're worried about a big drop either side of your foundation surely you can back fill inside the surround to raise the level inside, and have a couple of flags piled up outside as steps?

I might be wrong but I think you're possible making it tricker than it needs to be?

Herb border

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 19:57

Hi Garjobo,

Take a look on here

you might have to trawl a little but there's loads of links to sites and how tos on there....

it's a little adictive.

Hope it helps!

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