Latest posts by Obelixx

Poplar trees

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 14:05

We had a row of 27 poplars along the boundary of our paddock.  Never saw any white stuff.

A storm brought down two of them - across our neighbour's paddock - so a couple of years ago we had the remainder cut down and are replacing them with ordinary willow trees to suck up the excess moisture and a weeping willow for pretties and to hide the view of a house across the paddocks which is set to become a building site this summer when the new owners add an extra storey.

Problems Storing Wellies

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 13:17

Have to admit ours tend to be left near the garage door in the gardening season and only get to the box when we stop for winter or have a dry spell in summer.  Then they get washed and stashed - but I also have shorter wellies for summer as I tend to get soil in shoes and I wear flip flops for warm weather gardening.

Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 09:58

I once bought a whole load of hostas from a specialist - Diana Grenfell - who had one listed as slug resistant and called Invincible.   In my garden it was a slug magnet and its descendants by division now live in pots.

I find the best resistance comes from regular, light applications of wildlife friendly slug pellets starting in mid to late Feb depending on the weather and temps.   If I forget they get munched but I manage to grow great looking hostas in beds and pots in several parts of my garden.

Problems Storing Wellies

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 09:55

We just have a big box on wheels that rolls under shelves in our garage.  It gets all our wellies and outdoor boots.  Not bothered about spiders.   Don't feel the need for a storage gadget.

The Gingernut Cover-up ?

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 20:13

No.  Long gone!

But then they're Belgian so don't last long.

cutting back clematis

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 11:54

How and when you cut depends on the variety as they have different flowering times and thus different pruning regimes.

What are yours?

Ladder for garden wall

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 12:56

Any removable ladder stashed outside may prove useful to thieves for accessing your property.  i'd go for a set of permanent steps, well attached to the mezzanine and ground. Paint them, stain them, put pots on one side if wide enough and make it a decorative feature.

Recommendation for heavy duty loppers please

Posted: 23/01/2016 at 10:13

My loppers are Wolf and they're very good and robust.  I've had them for years but they can't really be expected to cut through more than an inch or so of branch.  For thicker branches I use a Wolf pruning saw attachment which fits with the length of handle I need for the job so hand tool, medium or full length accordingly.

The same handles work with an assortment of hoe, rake, cultivator and rake heads for whichever job is in hand.  Great system.

David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 22:56

Do you feed it?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 12:26

I like the honey and lemon part but not whisky.  Do it with rum sometimes.

I have a treadle machine and two old hand powered Singers and one of their first fancy stitch electric ones from the 50s and my simple electronic Toyota which will be unwrapped and used to teach Possum to sew.  She's finally asked to be shown.   She won't get her hands on my shiny new Bernina though.

Expect I'll have to wait another 20 years for her to be interested in gardening again.  Loved it when she was a tot but not now.

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