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Latest posts by obelixx

Lost,stolen or strayed?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 22:15

Some of the posters on the Beeb boards met up at Harlow Carr one year and it went very well.   I have met up with others at RHS shows and we still chat privately.

I dare say you could organise regional meets in a suitable public garden.  It can be good to put faces to names.

hedge cutting survey

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 10:56

Instant problem with the first question.  Some people still use shears as they get a better finish.   Your survey assumes everyone is motorised.  An opportunity missed to investigate alternative means.

something in the air

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:24

If all the pleasant people decide to leave because of one or two people who either forget their manners, or are habitually brusque or downright rude and offensive then there'd be no-one left to help the new people, discuss the many solutions usually available with more experienced gardeners and have a friendly chat when there's nothing much doing in the garden.

Please focus on the positives and ignore the negatives.  

Also, please remember that we all read posts in our own tone of voice so we need to be careful about how our replies can be read and interpreted by more sensitive souls.

Why is anyone allowed to completely destroy your view??

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:50

Yes indeed, you can remove any branches that overhang your own garden as long as you return said branches to their owner.   Being conifers, they won't regrow from brown wood so you'd have to think about the effects of looking at bare borwn stems and revealed brown growth on remaining branches.   If the trees are planyted on the boundary they can be considered as a hedge and thus liable to hedge height rules.

Do check with your mum's local council about their boundary hedge rules and see what can be done.   There should be a council service for mediating boundary and neighbourly problems too.

IF you never had GARDENING ........................

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:39

If I didn't have a garden I'd have pots and baskets and window boxes but other major time occupiers (and heart and brain and hands and feet) are OH and daughter, friends, dancing and dance club, sewing and doing up the house which is an ex farmhouse in need of lots of TLC, imagination and funds not to mention a sense of humour and patience.

Bird food

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 21:30

If you microwave bird seed it stops it germinating.  I have a 750ml pot that I use to dole out bird seed each day and if I microwave it for 90seconds, that seems to stop seed germination without reducing food value for the birds.

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 10:43

I don't see the point of fretting in advance.  We get what we get and can't do anything about it except prepare our gardens as well as we can - checking strutcures, pruning back long whippy rose stems, putting cloches or fleece on vulnerable plants and taking cuttings, plaving pots in shelter and so on.

We usually get a week of snow in November.  It doesn't do any harm as it isn't really cold yet.   Winter here lasts from November to March or even April depending on how deep is the cold and how frozen the ground.  Plants do much better when they have a winter blanket of snow than when we just get endless cold which dessicates and freezes twigs and branches and penetrates to the roots.

Worst of all is a warm week in late Feb or early March which gets the plants excited, pushes them in to growth and then wham, winter returns and freezes it all to death.  Lost loads of plants that way.



Pot Tidying

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 16:07

Mine are sorted by size on ex plastic greenhouse shelving at the back of the garage so they're handy when I'm out there potting up and potting on.   Every now and then if the shelves get too crowded I have a sort through and take surplus pots to the recycling centre.

Perrenials taking over garden

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 12:21

Other than digging them out every time you see a new shoot, the only way I know is to put systemic weedkiller such as glyphosate on the plants as this gets taken down to the roots and kills them.  It is best done when the plants are in active growth.  You would need to protect the plants you wish to keep.

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 18:39

If it's in a pot it will need regular feeding.  Try giving it liquid tomaos feed once a week next year.  i had one in fertile soil in aborder and it grew to 4' in one season and was covered in flowers.  Not hardy enough for my garden though and did not survive winter so watch out for very cold weather being forecast and put some fleece on yours if needs be.

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