philippa smith2

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Bamboo, Planters and Splitting

Posted: Yesterday at 18:23

I think first of all, you need to know exactly which Bamboo you are planting, splitting, etc.Don't just accept your neighbour's offer because it is free

To provide a healthy green screen, you need to provide a good base - they are quite greedy plants.

A trough as described is perhaps a bit iffy ?  No width or depth measurements offered but you could only expect a decent bamboo to do well if you were able to give depth and width to get the best out of it. Good soil and feed would be necessary but little point unless the container is large enough to do it justice.

Wildlife Pond too deep

Posted: Yesterday at 17:22

My own pond is fairly large - 3 or 4 mts by 2mts and is at least 1.5 mts depth in the centre..

Frogs and Newts happily breed in there plus Pond snails , dragonflies,skaters and all sorts of other things too.  I also have fish in there - not my choice but inherited them.  I also don't have a "shallow" end ( again simply working with what I have ) but everyone seems to manage to find their way in and out without a problem. Not ideal and I've had better ponds but it works well enough to provide a decent habitat. 

I think sometimes people tend to get over concerned about the best method for a perfect pond - quite often a shabby looking puddle with surrounding vegetation will bring pondlife to your garden.  Once that happens, you can enlarge, improve, etc..Nothing has to be perfect the first time round but you will gradually learn what suits you and your local wildlife.

pet companions

Posted: Yesterday at 14:23

BLizzie - there are days when I'd gladly swap my "girl" for yours ( think I may need a bigger kitchen tho ).  

My horse riding days are long gone but lucky to have moved back to the UK and chosen a village where horses ( and their riders too I should add ) are up and down the street several times a day.  There is an Equestrian Centre located nearby but it would seem practically every other farm keeps horses too. 

Saving Runner Beans

Posted: Yesterday at 10:01

Roll on Summer..........a completely new concept in weather management which I shall be marketing on this forum ........weekends only of course

What's this beauty please?

Posted: Yesterday at 09:56

I used to grow E mellifera - gorgeous honey scent 

What's this beauty please?

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 18:23

Lovely picture.......I can almost feel the heat radiating

Some sort of Euphorbia perhaps ?

Saving Runner Beans

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 16:40

Same here unfortunately.  Just picked the last of my "leaves" for a nice salad this evening.  Not quite the thing to be huddled in front of the log burner whilst consuming tho so a good job they are the hot, spicey jobs

Roll on Summer!!

Saving Runner Beans

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 14:17

Mmmmm - sorry about that........I guess I was practising for putting the clocks forward......realised late last night it was actually Monday but thought no one would notice

I owe you a Day Fbones - when I've got one spare, ( too busy tethering my Bean Bags at the mo ), I'll pop it in the post to you  

Anyway, it's definitely Daft Tuesday today......isn't it ?

Lonicerca hedge

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 19:04

If you keep on top of it, it makes a good impenetrable hedge.  If that is what you are after, regular clipping will keep it in order.  Not everyone's cup of tea but useful in the right place.

Saving Runner Beans

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 17:28

I suppose it is too much to hope that Amandaloo will take our advice/comments on board ?

Actually, you could just use straw - readily available , probably cheaper and more comfortable ( no lumpy bits provided you filter out the cows, etc. ), lighter in weight  - the advantages are endless.

Oh aye.....there IS a site offering just such a product - can't remember it offhand but it'll be along come the weekend for sure  - look out for it as it will be a bargain.  Probably not grammatically correct but a bargain nonetheless

It must be Daft Tuesday

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