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Open Plan Gardens

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 16:12

Lynn...........I don't have any better advice than that given above (other than installing a turnstile and at least making a few bob ) but I do feel for you.  People are just so thoughtless but I do hope you find some sort of resolution before long and are able to enjoy your front garden again.

For the first time ever, I don't have a front garden...........just window boxes and pots.  Even though I live on a reasonably quiet village street, there are still people who think it is fun to damage the plants, stub their cigs out in the containers and leave their beer cans in the window boxes.  Or maybe I am could be they are the "new generation" of garden designers who think they are improving my planting

Best of luck anyway


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 15:13


a few pic's of my fruit and veg plants

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 10:21

You obviously have it down to a fine art.............enjoy your produce

What is this??

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 20:54

Aquilegia Nora Barlow type...........much darker than mine........I really like that one

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 20:49

Rosie and Pongo

Pigeon/Dove Problems

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 20:44

BB2...........I think most of us feel exactly the same...........trouble is, not everyone does.............and they are the ones who cause the problems.

If the above posts sounded a bit laid back, it was simply because the deed had already been done..........not much anyone could do about it.  The OP was looking for a solution............hopefully she will find one before the "gung ho" lot advise shooting the birds.

I used to keep Fantails when I lived in France but I made damn sure I found good homes for them all before moving back here to England. 

The whole concept of responsibility towards "pets" has changed........and not for the better.


a few pic's of my fruit and veg plants

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:56

Rusty......I think you hit the nail on the head.......size and volume ........supermarket stuff if I can be rude

As you say, your set up is small and no doubt you are careful in disposing of the run off but Artjac has a point when we are talking about commercial growing.

I applaud you for trying the method but I think you will have a hard time trying to convert the amateur gardener to a hydroponic system.  You could maybe persuade me by sending me some of your fruit to taste

On a more serious note, how do you equate it cost wise............obviously the capital set up costs but how much do you spend in an average growing season ?  Is the increased production worth the cost given the fact that your produce isn't as tasty as you would like ?

Given the appalling weather over the last 6 months, I rather think my whole garden is on a hydroponic system.....just minus the chemical nutrients

Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:39

AJ...........that's great........must admit I was thinking of you the last 24 hours with the awful weather and whether my directions were so glad it worked out well (other than the road signs.....I think they do it on WW2......confuse enemy and friend alike ........we're a bit rural here but we don't discriminate between the two ) Thanks for the update re the plants.....I think I'm taking more next week.

BTW, it is supposed to be sunny all day tomorrow........hope its the same for you

a few pic's of my fruit and veg plants

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:21

All power to your elbow but I have to say that veg/fruit grown by the hydroponic method  never has the flavour I look for.

It is not a new system........commercial growers have been using it for years and in my opinion they still haven't managed to overcome the lack of flavour.

Your tunnels and raised beds look good but for me, soil is the way to go.....sorry

Blanket Weed and Water Soldiers

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 19:10

The Barley straw extract can be a good thing but will take time to work...........also depends on just how bad the blanket weed is initially.  It proliferates in the sun so planting things like water lillies which cover the surface of your pond will help.

You can remove a lot of the weed by using a stick (preferably twisted if you have ) and winding the blanket weed around it before you pull it out. Dump the weed close to the edge of the pond so any little things can find their way back into the water.  Watch out for Newts if you have them......they congregate in the weed/algae.


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