philippa smith2

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Hedge at end of the garden

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:42

Pok3..........withut wishing to be contentious, I'd suggest the first thing you should do is to clarify with your neighbour exactly what he is allowed to do to your hedge and what he isn't allowed to do.

If the hedge is overhanging his garden, then he is allowed to trim back to the boundary.  He should not be doing anything further without your permission.  The height of the hedge is not necessarily his business to decide either - in the ideal situation, you and your neighbour would come to an agreement on an acceptable height which suits you both.  To start hacking your hedge about whilst you are not there/without your permission is far exceeding his rights.

Is there a particular reason why it is your neighbour who does the cutting back/down ?  If you are unable for some reason to do the work yourself, you would need to lay down some parameters within which your neighbour could undertake the work.

Some of the leaves look a little bit like Laurel but I certainly wouldn't like to say for sure.  It looks as if you have quite a lot of weak branches in there - thinning them out should promote bushier growth but could be a bit of a long job

Ivy - removing roots

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 17:13

Susceptibility to various plants can alter with age and the conditions in which you are in close quarters with each plant Jimmy.

If you are cutting/pruning when the weather is hot then quite often a combination of your sweat mixed with the heat can make things worse.

Personally, I only have to look at something like Hellebore, Cucurbit or Fig to come out in a rash at any time of the year.  Not too good for an all year round gardener  I find the cut stem of Aloe Vera rubbed on as soon as possible does help alleviate the rash.

Some people find it more problematical than others.  If you are able to work with gloves/gauntlets and long sleeves that would help avoid contact with the ivy. 

Amateur looking for help: Green house base woes

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:58

Is there any particular reason why you want to use the timber as a base ?

Are you planning to just have a central path of slabs/concrete in the G/H and soil beds to either side ?

Most metal G/H's come with a base which can be bolted down to a solid surface but I can't tell if you have such a base.  

It could be that you are over complicating things by using timber on top of the slabs unless you are looking for extra height.  If that is the case, level the timber by building up with concrete and then bolt your G/H to the timber.  Needs some care tho to ensure completely level - but I guess you know that already

Is this possible?

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:37

I'm not trying to be funny but would Mushrooms work there ?  There are plenty of different types - some of which are expensive to buy in the shops.  They are also a fascinating subject and delicious to eat.

Might be worth looking into

GD Designs Reviews

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:25

Pansyface.......I obviously have the "gift" - shame it doesn't show itself more often

Vance Miller (11)

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:20

Dyers End........if you check out the GD Design Reviews thread, all will be revealed.

OTOH, if you have any wet paint around the house, you may well get more enjoyment from watching that dry.


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 16:04

Hello you Guys,

I am so, like, really, really pleased that " So...." is back - I mean, it is awesome to hear the English language being used in, well, like, the sort of way in which we wos tort innit ?

Like, well you know what I mean - totally amazing !!  It's kinda like the best thread for a rainy Sunday.

Phew ......did I miss any out ?  That was hard work 

Bye.....yep OK, Bye now, bye ,byee !!

Vance Miller (11)

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 18:56

These people are maybe not quite as mad as they first appear.  I'd never heard of Vance Miller or his kitchens before reading this thread and am quite intrigued - if I was dumb enough, I might even buy one.  No such thing as bad publicity when it comes down to it.  Not too sure about the name tho - sounds like some tired '40's film star

Paula Bebb has several of these kitchens - must be something in it ?


GD Designs Reviews

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 18:43

BIU would stand for B****er It Up wouldn't it ?

I'm more puzzled by GD .....Going Daft ? Gone Daft ?

Paula Bebb will probably be related to Vance Miller - both sound completely unlikely names but the link between Garden Design and Cheap Kitchens is obvious to all.........innit ? 

Scary Spiders on The Allotment

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 18:27

There is no such thing as a Scary Spider in the UK ( unless you happen to find one of those huge lethal jobs the press manage to discover every so often )

The scary bit is more a reference to those who run a mile at the sight of anything with more than 2 legs and I know that doesn't include you Newboy

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