Muvs Dashwood

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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!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 14:32

Another day of sunshine here, we've had very little rain since the start of the Paralympics, just weeks and weeks of sun.

Tree and shrub stumps.

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 21:52

Last year was spent chopping down various sycamore, holly and shrubs that had taken over two thirds of the garden at our new address, this year I am left with the problem of stumps - loads of them. Myself and daughter dig most of them out but the real problem is a group of bay trunks which were 30ft high and we felled them, but now I have approx 20 3ft tall stumps and I just want any budget ideas - other than dynamite as the neighbours would complain - to getting rid without back breaking digging them up. I am gravelling over them so they only need to be just under soil level really.


Posted: 17/06/2012 at 21:47

After hearing it on Radio 2 I am trying cheap oats. I had some already and it's worth a punt. I hate using blue pellets but have bought some to my shame. It takes a while to encourage birds, hedgehogs and other predators into a new garden and I can't crush them, yuck!

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