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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 19:34

I thought about it but I couldn't find my water wings.

Newbie with a large garden

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 10:36

We have a Woodsman 10. It is a chipper and shredder which takes branches up to almost 3 inches but also deals with leaves and and the usual garden cuttings. It is not for the fainthearted, being heavy to move round the garden and noisy but it does a brilliant job and does not jam up. Although heavy, you can take it to the place you want to work or to your heap, which saves an awful lot of carting stuff about.

Newbie with a large garden

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 11:27

What a fantastic plot. Fidget is right about the tree surgeon and you will be able to decide what you want to keep as logs and chippings or whether to have it all removed. With that much woodland, however, I feel that you would benefit by having your own chainsaw - get some training if you haven't used one - and a chipper. The petrol ones are essential for a larger garden and are real workhorses, producing heaps of invaluable material for compost. Properly aged, your logs will be great for winter fires in a log burner and the chippings can be used for paths but I pile ours up neatly in an out of the way place and leave them for two or three years, after which they have turned into rich, brown, earthy compost for mulching or soil improvement. You sound like you have lots to keep you busy, so don't rush and do enjoy every minute!


Cutting flower suggestions

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 22:43

Do you have room for some shrubs for greenery among your cut flowers? I love some of the winter flowering shrubs, too,especially daphne, winter honeysuckle, viburnum, some dogwoods and so on. They smell wonderful just when you need cheering up.

Green house

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 19:38

My greenhouse is stuffed with half-hardy perennials, cuttings and a banana plant I was given. Later there will be seeds, but by late May they will all be in the garden and the greenhouse will be empty!

starting from scratch!

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 22:07

This sounds quite exciting! You can have colour and low maintenance and this is a good time to clear the ground of unwanted trees and large shrubs so that you can start the fun planting part in spring. Bamboo can be very intrusive and it is tough to remove, too. First you need to cut down the top growth and dig out every bit of root you can find. This may involve a pick-ax if the clump is old. Use a strong barrier such as slates placed vertically in the ground between you and your neighbour's plant to stop the roots growing back. The ivy and the tree could both go now, too. After that, think about the structure of your new garden - climbers to cover the garage wall will need something to support them as they climb. Do you want to keep all the grass, or some, or ditch the lot and have paving and containers? Where will the pond go?. You can sit indoors in the warmth and plan it out on paper. Enjoy! 

Friend or foe

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 10:45

I have had cats all my life and many of them will tackle adult rats but they must be young, strong and powerful cats, and brave, too. Baby rats are much less trouble and solve our problems just as well. I have seen cats hunting the same prey but they are not cooperating so much as competing and whichever gets the mouse first will run off with and defend it. The only time they work together, in my experience, is when a mother teaches her kittens.

A great deal is said against cats by gardeners, and I'm not keen on their mess in the borders either, but in the country they are worth their weight in gold.

Friend or foe

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 05:41

Hello, I'm not a good sleeper either! I hope you get your problem sorted out, rats are horrible.

Friend or foe

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 11:23

I think you need to look for the source of all these rats - I don't mean go out and look yourself, I mean ask around. I live on the edge of a village where people keep chickens and horses so there are always rats in the hay and feed stores and my cats catch and kill the babies but you never see a live one. The numbers you are suggesting seem to indicate a serious problem and the local council should be informed because the property responsible for this nuisance may well be required to take action to control it. 


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 11:09

I grew one of these in a sunny but very windy border and it was miserable so I dug it up and put it in a more sheltered spot. A friend told me they do best with another to help with pollination so I put in another (still a tiny baby) and it has performed wonderfully! To be sure, it is NOT covered in huge berries but it has many modest ones and looks a picture.

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