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Posted: 06/06/2015 at 14:33

think the person posing the question might as well dig everything up then cement over it and turn it into a space for his car if he hates gardening that much. No point killing off the wildlife as well. if I hates gardening that much I wouldn't bother buying a house, I'd buy a flat/apartment, much less stress all round !!!!  

Can anyone add to this list?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 21:08

alas have done all these things as well, once lost a really good well-made trowel that I'd had for years in the space of a few inches where I was planting. bought a new one that wasn't as well made but did same job only to find the original one a few years later that I'd also planted alongside a few perennials that I wanted moved to another part of the garden !!!

At the start of each new season I vow to take more care of where I am putting things down but then completely forget when I get engrossed in weeding/planting, there no hope I'm afraid 

What would you do ???

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 19:56

no sorry didn't think to take one. all I can say is that it's a small patch of garden typical of 1950's semi-detached houses. it gets the sun in the morning then the sun moves around the back from lunchtime onwards. they already have 2 x mini conifers in stone planters that are doing ok, but because none of them have a clue about plant needs (only that they should be watered) I wanted something easy for them to maintain as I don't really have the time to look after their garden as well as my own and working full time.   



What would you do ???

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 10:14

Hello, my son and girlfriend live in a rented house & can't tell a weed from a plant. The front has a small lawn then a concrete driveway. A low boundary wall has 2 x old shrubs that he has cut right back but the lawn is forever looking grotty due to the resident fox pooping over it & dandelions. The landlord who lives up the road is quite happy for my son to do whatever he wants to improve the garden. My suggestion was to dig out the shrubs and make a border around the edge & put in some low growing, easy to maintain perennials that way it's less work for them (and me !!). Also to use weed/feed on the rest of the lawn. Or dig up the grass completely and use chippings/pea shingle but not sure if the fox will still use that as a toilet as well. All ideas welcome



GW T&M Free Lavender offer.

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 09:56

I took advantage of free lavender cuttings from another firm and have them in greenhouse at the moment. they seems to be taking ages to grow at all and can't see that they'll be big enough to go out this year, maybe next at a push. I (foolishly) expected them to be larger than they were and don't know that I'd bother again as it's too much time/effort involved. 

monty don potting shed

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 13:28

Have always longed for a greenhouse and when we moved here finally realised my dream and bought a polycarbonate one. Unfortunately after several years of enjoyment I now have to let it go because the weather is so unpredictable and when we have really high winds, the panels are ripped out on a regular basis. In the summer I am putting it up for sale and will purchase a potting shed instead. Although it will be more weather proof than the greenhouse, I will miss it dreadfully. Am going to buy a shed with large (ish) windows so that I can potter around when the weather's not too bright as I cannot put electricity in it as it will be too far from the house to run a cable. Have already got my radio sorted and will try and get a comfy chair off freecycle site. Happy days 

Advice needed

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 18:51

thanks for your replies but they didn't come in a pot with compost but glass vases and I had to place them just above the level of water and that's how they've been growing since.

The flowers have now died and because they've got such long roots I wasn't sure if I should put them in compost or not ??

Surely if I put them outside the frost will kill them ???

Should I pot them up and keep indoors until the threat of frost or even snow has passed ??

thanks again 


Best bee plants today

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 17:31

I'm in South Wales (UK) and only have Polyanthus in flower. Bulbs are trying their best but weather is still quite cold. We had torrential rain/hail yesterday but it's been dry today. Nights are really cold. My Apple trees and Forsythia are in bud but of course we are still in March, so hopefully the weather will improve.   

Advice needed

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 17:14

hello, I was given 2 of these as a Xmas present and they have now finished flowering. My question is what do I do with the bulbs as the packaging does not give any info ??


Help, I'm young and completely clueless.

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 16:58

I would take the advice of Runnybeak1, clean everything and a nice lick of paint works wonders. I would wait a while before digging up the slabs, look at other gardens around where you live to see what grows well. When you invite friends round for a barbecue ask them to bring some nice potted plants instead of alcohol !!! I've had some bargains in the plant section of Morrison's/Tesco at a reasonable price too. Ask your family to give you vouchers for local garden centres. You need to check what soil type you have before you plant anything especially as you are a novice. Get some books and look on Google for some ideas as well.

Good luck and keep us posted, you can always come back here for more advice


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