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Talkback: How to make a strawberry bed

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 19:24

Decent sized hanging baskets and window boxes or wall troughs are a good way to grow strawberries.  I believe they used to be grown commercially in long lengths of guttering so it is a similar principle.

The possible downside is that you would need a  good soil based medium for them to do their best for more than one season.  This does add a weight "problem".  Keeping them off the ground does help with snail predation altho doesn't eradicate entirely as they ( the baddies ) can climb and hide behind your planters. 

Worth a go I would think if you are stuck for a traditional strawberry bed.

Best of luck

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 17:52

Have PM'd you GG

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 17:47

I should have used this thread to make my previous post about tree damage rather than the Worries thread.  I was too cross and upset to search for this one at the time.....sorry

My neighbour has had Tree person round and he feels the tree should come down.  Unfortunately as he is not qualified enough to satisfy the Council, another person with the appropriate letters after name needs to look and certify the tree as dangerous before permission is given.  Hope the 2nd opinion is favourable.

Re monetary compensation for damage would seem that we may come to an amicable arrangement.

So a good start to 2015 for me I think ( tho I shouldn't count my chickens etc. ).......thanks again to all who responded and offered advice and support

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 18:20

GG.........does seem a bit sinister doesn't it ?  Should be good for a new Conspiracy theory   Maybe even our birds are getting fed up with statistics these days .....they will be carrying tiny banners next......."Don't Count, Just Feed ".

Birds nesting

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 18:03

Our Collared Doves have been shall I put this.......ACTIVE on the TV aerial for a couple of weeks now and House Sparrows are also busily collecting nest material. 

Just hope they are better forecasters than the Met office.

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 16:15

Also meant to say that "my" birds all seem to know the dates of the various Bird Count days.

I can hear them sniggering away quite happily outside my boundaries whilst I sit with Binoculars and pen and paper but no birds.  Drives me mad. 

getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 16:10

Nutcutlet......I found that the Red and White "Danger" tape ( builders use it for putting on scaffolding, etc. ) keeps the birds away from large expanses of glass.

I used to pin it to the top frame and then tie small weights to the bottom of each length of tape.  Just enough to stop it wafting away from the glass too much but still light enough to let the tapes move about.  I did get good results with that.  Not pretty  but if you only find the problem for a set period, it may be worth a go.  You can buy the rolls at any DIY place

Happy new Year

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 15:57

Bit late in the day but wish everyone on here a happy 2015

Incorporating Pet Friendly Ideas

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 18:20

Clarington........congrats on new Chickens and new dog too.........easier I think to train Dog rather than Chickens.  I've come to the conclusion over the years that Chickens aren't half as stupid as we think..........but they like to pretend otherwise when it suits

If you are able to teach your dog to respect your garden as others have described, I am sure you will be a Happy Bunny ....just don't let your Chickens take advantage of you.

Enjoy all of them.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 17:41

Well, I've cooled down a little now ( the weather helped ) and I'd just like to thank all of you for being so kind and thoughtful.

I realise I will have to tackle this situation but I'd like to tread carefully.  I like my neighbour but she is 90 and I don't want to come on "too heavy".  I also like the tree ( one of 3 in her garden which all have a TPO ).  OTOH, I also would like to enjoy the top part of my garden and my G/H within reasonable safety. The tree in question is 30 to 40 mts high and a heck of a lot of it is overhanging my garden. 

Anyway, thank you again..........your virtual good wishes makes the clearing up a bit easier 



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