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moving to scotland

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 07:47

Hi twinkletoes,

I live in Ayr,  moved here 2 years ago and just got my first proper garden. Ayrshire is a great place to live and we benefit from the gulf steam, so we have a milder climate than other parts of Scotland.

 

Not much else I can add i think jeannie has covered it all!  

cat-problems-

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 11:04

Aw this gave me a good chuckle this morning! Can't imagine how this would possibly work. Visions of a cat warden lurking in the bushes, catching cats doing their business where they shouldn't, chasing them through peoples gardens, to capture them and identify owner. Ridiculous!

If you don't wants cats in the garden get a dog, or borrow one for a while until cats learn.

I would be more interested in encouraging horse riders to scoop the mammoth messes they leave behind in the parks and roads near me!

 

Ideas for a small, low maintenance garden (almost from scratch)

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:24

Hi Clare, I too am new to gardening so can't offer as much help as others on the forum. But here goes...With regard to the soil I had the same problem, lots of stones, I bought a sieve and painstackingly sifted out most of the stones, the soil is much better and once you start planting it will help the soil. I threw in some annuals, mainly french marigolds this year to get it going. it is a big job, a backbreaker and you will have a problem with what to do with the stones.

I notice you have a lot of containers so you can fill these up while you sort out the soil.

Good luck!

Ps Love you dog!

As for the climbers I like jasmine or honeysuckle as they give off a great fragrance.

Damaged lawn from animal activity

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:49

Can't offer much help on the first 2 questions but I have heard that adding tomato sauce to your dogs diet will help. Not actually tried this myself as my lawn is predominately weeds and I am hoping my dogs can earn their keep but killing off the weeds!

I would check with your vet before adding it to their diet tho just in case. What kind of dogs do you have?

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:36

Hi dove, I have only recently got into gardening, hubby not interested at all, occasionally will mow the lawn but often insists its 'fine' when it clearly needs a good hair cut! He is good for the heavy lifting and he is in charge of the bird feeders which he quite enjoys, he has even named a few of them. Glad to hear they can be trained!

I take it the bonsai thing is to pop it in a pot and because the roots are restricted it won't grow very big? If so I think i will do that, he was so chuffed when I came back with it for him, would hate to take it back, can't be bother with the fuss either tbh!

 

Dog poop compost

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:17

Thanks for the comments everyone. Still not sold on the hole in the ground idea. Might be worth a try tho.

I don't even have a compsot bin yet but I am hoping to get one next year. The back garden resembles a builders yard at the moment as we are fitting new ktichen and bathroom, also got a lot of big branches around as we try to cut back the trees and bushes which have left been to their own devices by the previous owner.

Hopefully by this time next year I will have a lovely back garden and be making my own lovely compost, minus the dog mess of course!

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 21:10

Oh dear I was afraid this was the answer I would get  Oh well Euromillions tomorrow! fingers crossed!

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 09:29

Hi all,

Yesterday I bought a monkey puzzle tree for my husband (he loves them, hoping i can get him into gardening). Now I am starting to worry my garden is too small for it. (14ft x 100ft) The garden is above street level about 2ft so worried about the wall. How much damage the roots will casue.

Do they do well in pots, thinking I could have it in a container for a few years until I win the lottery and move to a stately home to give it proper space to grow

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

how to trim my buddleja

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 22:07

I am loving this forum, great to get lots of helpful advice. I have always wanted a buddleia and just discovered today that a big ugly mass of brown sticks in the corner of my garden is in fact a buddleia. I moved in in november so it has been interesting watching everything coming to life. I has grown considerably and is smothering the plants next to it. I will give it a hard prune and hope i can get it looking great again.

Dog poop compost

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 21:51

Hi waterbutts I have have to say I am very skeptical about the whole composting thing. would it not also attract flies, they are bad enough at the moment as it is. No kids as yet but when they do come along I hope they would enjoy gardening with me. The idea of them touching compost from dog mess is not appealling. Not sure about burying it as one of my dogs is quite a digger. Think I'll just keep topping up the landfil sites.

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