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I've cleaned out my greenhouse

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:10

Can't say I've done much clearing in my GH yet other than using old Lilly stems to cut down the spider a treat

Cuttings of Cytisus have been successful tho .......only mid August ( tho i it feels a bit nippy in the evenings )............maybe I should be looking to have a clean up before I forget what time of year it i

Changing the purpose of a pond

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:04

Couldn't agree more Dove.........first time for many years I've had fish in a pond.

I moved into this house ( or Pond ) in the winter.  It must have been at least 4 or 5 months later that I even knew there were any fish in there !

The house had been empty for a year or more so no one to feed the fish or faff about ( tho I understand the previous owners were somewhat erratic gardeners.....I did find a very useful stainless steel wok in the pond along with other less useful stuff ).

The Newts enjoy the fish eggs and although they also munch on the frogspawn, I've had plenty of Froglets  every year.  The fish also happily eat their own spawn so I'm not seeing a problem at the moment.

The fish sort themselves out ......they were obviously managing before I came along so at the moment, I'm just going with it. I really don't have the heart to turf them out and if everyone else is happy, I'm happy too

As a PS tho, I'm not recommending my pond as the ideal way to go for a real wildlife pond............if you can start from scratch, much better.






Posted: 18/08/2014 at 18:10

Bekkie......according to Verdun, you have to use the official Birthday thread......tho I think that's because he is working up to his birthday (official or otherwise )

Changing the purpose of a pond

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 18:02

Whilst I wouldn't disagree with Dove in that the ideal wildlife pond should not really contain can be done........perhaps the size of pond has something to do with it also. 

I inherited a pond 3 years ago which had a dozen or so fish in.  It also had Frogs and Newts which have continued to live and breed in the ensuing years.  Also we get a lot of other pond life including Dragonfly ( wonderful to watch the nymphs appear and turn into wonderful creatures before your eyes ). Beetles, Skaters, etc  - it's all there

Had I been able to re home the inherited fish somewhere, I probably would have done so but no one wanted them and as the pond was teeming with other life, there seemed no point.  I haven't been disappointed


It's my birthday

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 17:19

Lesley.........  Did you mean I should keep celebrating until my next birthday or til someone else has one ?  Hope you meant the latter

I think Panda has one tomorrow ? 

Happy Birthday Panda




Covering Garden with Bark..A good idea for dogs?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 16:44

OL.........I must learn to type more quickly

Covering Garden with Bark..A good idea for dogs?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 16:42

Gaz..........not sure that a covering of bark would necessarily kill the weeds.  It will help to suppress them if laid thickly enough but if you have perennial weeds ( docks, dandelions, bindweed etc.), they will probably just thank you for a nice cosy covering for the winter months and welcome you with open arms ( or leaves  ) come Spring.

I'd be inclined to check what weeds you have before you waste too much dosh on bark chippings.


Posted: 18/08/2014 at 14:45

Just been out to cut some leaves.  I use it as described by Mel and Outdoor girl.  It really is a useful plant to grow.

The only thing I don't like about it is that if I forget to put gloves on, it really irritates my skin (but that's my fault   )

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 14:29

Bekkie......thanks.......yes, I'd like to try the wax beans next year.  I'll send you a PM with my address (hopefully ! )

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 19:48

Bekkie......received your PM but can't reply for some reason.  Will send the Lab lab seeds for you .....November would be my guess

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Recommended varieties

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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

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Grass snake

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Cuckoo Spit

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Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

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