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Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 18:29

I'm sure you do.  I still miss cats that died years ago and remember their personalities fondly.   These are our first dogs though -

Hard to believe we've had Rasta over 4 years now.

Is glyphosate safe?

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 18:01

Glyphosate is absorbed by the leaves and works its way down to kill the plants from the roots up.  This process takes up to two weeks and repeated applications may be needed on particularly stubborn plants such as bindweed and thistles.

As Geoff says, it becomes inert on contact with the soil and will only kill plants whose foliage has been sprayed or painted with it.  

However, European studies in several countries have shown that it does leach out of soil into nearby water courses and this can affect aquatic plants and thus habitats.  Great care must be taken when using it near water courses.

any suggestions

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 17:55

Do you know what kind of soil you have?   Clay, loam, sandy, stony, alkaline, acid or neutral?   This will make a huge difference to the plants that you can grow as will the exposure to wind.   Does the prevailing wind come through the fence from the other side or towards the fence from your raised bed side?

An easy clue as to what will do well is what your neighbours are growing and what looks well and healthy in these conditions.  If you don't know what their plants are called, try asking - a good way to meet them and make new friends.


Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 17:14

That's good.  My two have a pecking order too and get on well but have occasional spats over bones, toys and so on.  Rasta has become a lot more vocal and is definitely boss despite being almost half his weight.   Possum said Bonzo panicked when I disappeared with Rasta this morning.  They do nearly everything together except water.  Rasta does not do water.  Bonzo likes nothing better than bouncing through our pond, probably terrorising the frogs.  Good job it's not full of precious water lillies and fancy Koi carp.

Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 15:13

Hi Ma.  Doing well thanks and fully recovered from the op.   There are lots of hidden costs.  Bonzo Dog was free to acquire, despite being a pure Labrador.  However he cost me €170 for all his jabs including rabies and the microchip which we need for his passport,  €100 for his cage, €100 for his basket and bedding, €100 to be castrated and then collar, harness, lead, name tag, toys, bowls and he eats like a horse given half a chance.   At least his training is free cos we adopted him through our trainer.

Rasta costs €50 every two months for her haircut plus annual jabs, food, kennels when needed.   All cheaper than in the UK from what I can tell.

They get at least an hour's walk every day, longer at weekends and then play in the garden.  Both like to "help" when I'm gardening.

Do your two get on well?  I'm sure you'll learn to read the new one soon enough.

Gardens for Dogs

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 11:31

Responsible breeders do check out their clients before letting their puppies go.  Unfortunately, not all are responsible.

I also agree that it's best to check out suitable breeds before getting a dog to make sure your house and garden are adquate for their needs and their personality matches your lifestyle and faciities.  This isn't so easy when it come sto rescue dogs whether mixed race or pure.  They've often been badly neglected and/or abused and require plenty of time and patience.

Our two are very different characters - one is a terrier cross of unknown parentage  who looks like a Labradoodle.  She was 11 months old when we got her and is 5 now and has no more "issues".   She is tenacious, intelligent, sociable and well behaved but likes to dig and chase rodents in the garden plus birds, hares and roe deer on walkies.   Games of fetch are a tug of war.  He is a 2 yr old Labrador we've had for 3 months and is very daffy and playful but timid.  He bounces round the garden, in and out of the pond, understands that Fetch means Retrieve but he's a bit of a scaredy cat with most humans, especially men and boys.

Fortunately, we have a large garden with a large expanse of grass and some secret-ish paths where they can go and run and hide and play.  The damage they do is minimal compared to the fun we have with them and plants recover well on the whole.

Climber to cover large wall

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 19:16

I've never heard of screws and rawl plugs introducing damp to an outside wall and am in fact about to do it for my own Kiftsgate rose on the front, plain brick wall of the house.   As well cared for ramblers get pruned to keep them prodcuing new wood for renewed flowering it shouldn'tget tooo heavy for the wires.

I have recently cut some unwanted ivy growing up a painted wall firther along and that has left unsightmy dead roots clinging to the wall which will need to be scrubbed off, thus doing even more damage to th esurface.

And once ivy and Virginia creeper and so on get to the level of the guttering and roof they can be a real menace.

However, I do agree a couple of well chosen small conifers or other evergreen shrubs would add to the year round interest in the border.  A viburnum tinus would add flowers in winter and nectar for early insects..

Talkback: Gardening by the moon

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 16:15

Here's a simple on-line calendar that can help with moon gardening - 

I find it helps me organise my time better when I do follow it but sometimes I just go with the weather and hwat is urgent and that's especially so this year as I was unable to do anything at all from January to late June and just had to sit and watch the weeds grow.

Climber to cover large wall

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 15:42

I don't think the neighbour would be too pleased about self clingers like ivy and agree Russian vine looks horrendous most of the year and is a thug.

The wires don't have to be installed all at once.  The first 6' to 10' up will do for plants going in this year and then the next 10 feet can be done on next year's budget if necessary but Dom shouldn't hang about if he is planting either of the two ramblers I've suggested nor the clematis as they'll gallop off if happy.

Wisteria is glorious but can be dodgy for pruning for beginners and can also take ages to establish before it flowers well.

Climber to cover large wall

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 15:06

Have fun.  Post a photo when it's planted up.  Sorry about the typos.

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