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Muvs Dashwood

Latest posts by Muvs Dashwood

Talkback: Self-seeding plants

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 20:21

I actually prefer it if plants self seed. My youngest son is always in the garden at the moment checking seed heads and I admit that I collect seeds when we are out and about, collected some globe thistle today!

Wartime Farm

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 20:01

My late father was raised in a children's home in the 30's - a cruel and unforgiving environment - he and another boy ran away aged 8 and lived off the land sleeping in an overturned boat, they managed more than 2 weeks before they were caught by a bobby whilst scrumping apples. When he was 12 in 1940 he was moved to a farm in Cambridge where he remembered working with the horses and watching the dog fights in the sky above. Having enough food to eat and genuine affection from the farmer and his wife I believe they were the happiest days of his life.

Talkback: Slug-proof plants

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 23:01

I'm lifting my delphiniums for the winter and planting them in pots like I do with my lilies. I am also going to use nematodes next year because I do hate slug pellets.


Keeping cosmos

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 22:19

I read in an article in the telegraph that said you can do the 'chelsea chop' to cosmos. I grew them for the first time this year - free seeds - and will definately be growing them every other year and trying the the chop too.


Posted: 19/09/2012 at 21:47

Started planting my garden only this year for wildlife - recently moved and only shrubs before - was a little worried about wildlife but after a slow start I have more species of bee than I have ever known, dragonflies, butterflies, slow worms, hornet - just one, birds galore. I know we have a owl somewhere nearby, a fox, bats and a hedgehog. Amazing in an urban area and plan to encourage more next year. The photo's are brilliant, now I need to do some of my own. Thanks.


Plants online

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 11:28

I bought online for the first time this year from T & M and they were great. I bought 12 penstemons and ended up with over 20 once I had split them and planted them. Bonus plants yay. I didn't get extra's with the other plants but they are all doing fine.

Digging problem

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 11:18

I bought a digging hoe recently and have no idea how I managed before. It digs out roots, chops them up and digs up compacted soil. I use a solid steel pole to lift stumps and feel like I am starting to see the end now. I don't have a man though, I have a boy and a young woman - my children and we manage with that.


Hardy Annuals

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 11:14

Great question Gracie5. I have gardened for years but have just started to use seeds as I am in a new house and want to bulk out. There's no such thing as a stupid question. My son asked me the same question yesterday and now I can answer him and look all knowing. Thanks.

tree stump

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 15:07

We have a large holly that we cut down leaving the stump to do this year - us being, myself with my stupid back, my tiny 24yr old daughter and my growing nicely 15 yr old son - we have had lots of practice on smaller stumps in the garden and have now decided to dig down below soil level cut the holly off and treat it with a stump killer - to stop it keep putting out little holly's - and then cover it with soil making a sloping bed and grow a wildflower meadow over the top. You might call this giving in we call it sweeping it under the carpet. We also have a bay tree - or rather twenty bay trees - in another corner which having cut them down - all 30 feet of lovely straight trunks which are being turned into a large pergola - has to be dug out by hand. I am hopeful that my son grows into a whole rugby team by the winter.

The long game

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 14:51

I garden a new garden on a very tight budget and have found ebay fantastic for seeds. My best purchase from my local hardware shop - a very rare shop now - is a digging hoe. It chops the ivy and roots and has been invaluable for digging up the plethora of stumps I have. The other thing I could not manage without is my solid steel pole, 6 ft long, given to me by my late father. It smashes concrete however thick, gets under stumps and levers them out or smashes up thick roots. I have no idea where he got it and have never seen another. Good luck with your garden!

Discussions started by Muvs Dashwood

Slug nematodes... yay or nay?

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A chapter of a book

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In flower now

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Plants for scent.

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Tree and shrub stumps.

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