philippa smith2

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our men in black velvet waistcoats

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 16:35

Welshonion - no such thing as a free lunch

our men in black velvet waistcoats

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 16:23

I'm sure they are guilty of all that but given the trend towards housing livestock undercover all year round, I wouldn't think it was a major issue.  Not nice when it happens I agree.

In the absence of statistical evidence, I'd think twisting/spraining/breaking ankles is much more likely to occur whilst tripping over uneven paving slabs, slipping on icy surfaces, tripping over steps, etc. 

Life isn't risk free after all - whether for plants, animals or humans 

Noise from traffic

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 16:14

Hoping to sell a cheap house surrounded by M'ways perhaps ?

Would have been better placing this post on the Seed Swap thread - I ( or anyone else ) could then have offered a few seeds in exchange for a house which I could then rent out to some other poor sucker

It may well be a myth that tree planting will not cut out the traffic noise to any discernable  degree but one of the reasons was that the trees would help to filter the fumes. Not being in that position, I don't know how effective this is. 

SGardener - what exactly does an Acoustic fence consist of ?  Is it similar in appearance to the sort of "baffle" fencing you see along the Mways ? What sort of cost approx. for a metre run ?

That last paragraph was serious BTW - I'm sure Fairy will vouch for me

Shriveled chilli leaves

Posted: 05/11/2017 at 15:48

Whatever the correct spelling  

There seems to be rather a lot of " I think...." and "it might work" to be advocating spraying anything.  

Would Nov be short for November ?  If so, I'm sure we will receive more "thoughts" from Dec before too long - whoopee (sp ? )

Overgrown shrubs/bushes/fence/dogs

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 16:52

Do you plan on leaving your dogs out in the garden all day with no supervision ?  Presumably you know their habits and whether they are likely to tunnel, dig or WHY  and whether or not they are likely to jump over fencing and to what height.

How you actually want to ensure that your dogs don't get into neighbouring properties is really up to you. As a dog owner, you will no doubt be aware of the problems and have some idea from your previous house as to the best way to tackle this.  

Get in behind the shrubs and see exactly what the fencing is like and where it needs to be replaced/strengthened and then allow yourself some time and money to secure it before the dogs run free. What you actually get rid of, prune drastically, etc. will probably depend on whether you are making a garden for yourself or just an outside area for the dogs.

Your neighbours will thank you for thoughtfulness

When is best time to lift Dalhlias and begonias

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 16:35

Not sure about the Dahlias but I would think you would be safer to take up your Begonias before the first frost.

our men in black velvet waistcoats

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 16:29

The resultant "hills" consist of  beautifully friable soil so at least one advantage

Not sure that contributing to "garden ecology" is a necessary requirement for existence - if that is the case, then several species should happily be wiped out.

Citrus tree lost all its leaves

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 16:02

It certainly doesn't look very lively. Even with the loss of leaves, the stems should still be a dark green

Start at the top and prune out each twig/branch until you can see some sign of life. You may be lucky as you get closer to the main trunk. If it is still alive and your Conservatory is reasonably warm, new growth should start to sprout from the cuts. Perhaps not hold your breath tho.

Even outside mine are still in full leaf and even putting on a little spurt of new growth at the tips.  The Medica is actually still flowering.

Can I make new plants?

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 14:46

Along with the bedding Begonia, Tradescantia, etc. they are practically idiot proof - even I can do them

Bay tree pruning

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 14:43

Warren - no need to apologise - it must be somewhat daunting to reduce such beautifully shaped trees - just keep standing back and looking to ensure you are taking off at the right height and think about the shape as you work.

You could just start with one tree and get your eye in so to speak

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