Latest posts by Norm2

plant invasion

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 17:56

A photo would really help in diagnosing this,

Growing hyacinth in a glass vase help please

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 21:13

hope they do bloom for you as I said at the start I wasn't sure where mine should be kept, Agree on the indoor gardening, after a night of torrential rain the lawn was too saturated for leaf sweeping today, I figured I'd do more harm than good so went and bought an amaryllis and potted that, filled a need to do something horticultural.

Hippeastrum (amaryllis)

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 19:21

Hi John I've just planted my first ever one of these today and am really looking forward to watching it grow and hopefully flower. I found this when looking for info on looking after it and it explains what to do to keep it so it will flower again 

Thinking of installing a pond

Posted: 17/11/2012 at 18:43

Hi All, I'm seriously thinking of installing a small raised pond, approx 6 foot by 4 foot in old money. I've always thouht one would be a really nice feature adjacent to the patio, The trouble is with work and other commitments I'm concerned that I will have enough time to devote to it's upkeep. Just wondered if anyone has one as to how much maintenance is involved in looking after one?, I presume once it's installed and set up with the right filtration it should be reasonably self sufficient but if i need to be in there every five minutes I can't justify it as I want it to be an attractive addition not a green,stagnant eyesore, any help or advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks Norm

Leaf Vacuum/Shredder

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 22:50

No problem suzy, I did consider one of these myself due to a damaged disc in my back which only allows me to use my standard one for short periods of time but in my opinion the drawbacks outweighed the usefulness. Hopefully someone may know of a lightweight  model that might suit you.

car tire planters

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 22:32

Yup, biggest bar you can find, brute force and ignorance are your friends here, try and rope in some help for added muscle, hope it works out as from where I'm sitting buying a couple of nice planters would seem the easier option,

Bird Boxes

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 20:41

Hi Maggie, Ditto the above, I built and put up my box 10 years ago and it has been used every year  since,  I have never touched the inside at all,  the bluetits look after that side of things for themselves. The only maintenance has been a spruce up of the outside with a  coat of water based preservative about two years ago once the birds had fledged. If you can put the boxes where you can see them, mine is on the side of the garage and I have spent many a happy hour watching the parents making the box habitable and fetching food for their young.


Leaf Vacuum/Shredder

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 20:18

Hi Suzy I havent used it myself but their are eight customer reviews for that model on the amazon website, ranging from good to bad which should give you a good idea of the plus and minus points. Google search garden gear vac shredder and click on the amazon link.

I have a standard style garden vac and find it great when the leaves or debris are dry and crisp and very handy for getting into the nooks and crannies in the borders. I would imagine the wheeled type would be good on lawns and driveways but limited access wise elsewhere.

Hope that helps and regards Norm 




Talkback: Winter shelter for wildlife

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 23:03

I must admit that they look cute,  but I had field mice take up residence in my shed a couple of years back and can only say It wasn't a pleasant experience, the smell was awful and they did a fair bit of damage chewing up things for nesting material. Try to move them on humanely if possible.

clean garden

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 22:06
Berghill wrote (see)

I watched one morning as over a dozen blue tits emerged from one of our nest boxes. They also go looking for spiders etc. in them.

In an ideal world I would leave the tops on perennials over Winter, but as it takes from now until Spring to clear them all off that is not a choice.

By the way what do you folks do with the removed top growth? A lot of the stuff we have will not rot and believe me I have tried. It is very difficult to shred, except when very dry and ditto for burning. Be nice to be able to put it in the Council compost bin, but I filled both of ours witrh the Clematis I cut down. Only another 60 or so of those to do too.

wow that must be a nice large garden with over sixty clematis, I bet it looks stunning when in bloom,  I planted my first three this year and really enjoyed them, hoping to plant some more next year. I started to tidy up last weekend, The garden looks a little bare now but much tidier, I am just waiting for the last of the tree leaves to drop now  so I can complete the task, I noticed a big change in their rate of fall this week with a lot of them almost bare now, some beautiful autumn colours this year.

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