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Posted: 16/10/2013 at 21:28

I've just made a short video clip, from the other night. lasts 1 min 30 secs. In process of making a longer one, incl frog hoping across and bouncing into perspex, looked puzzled, spiders dangling in front of camera, and odd moggie.Not sen our mouse family though.

The area where camcorder is videoing, is basically an extension of my shed, another 8ft x 8ft. Frame of wood, with corrugated perspex, around the 3 sides and roof, but minus any doors, just a wooden gate to allotment area, (righthand side in video, left side from hause and garden), so open to wind cold etc, but not rain. Keep a variety of overwintwering plants, and summer time, we eat out here in the evenings, as faces west.

Tonight when I went to shed to switch on camcorder at 8pm, yes hedgehog 2 (whitish haunches) was already coming under the gate, but no still camera. Typical!!!



Posted: 10/10/2013 at 22:30

My 8ft by 8ft garden shed was erected on concrete base, but on top of breeze blocks, leaving many gaps between for wind ect to blow through. this was some 8 years ago. over August Bank Holiday after dark my wife was beside the shed, when hedgehog shuffled past, smelt her feet, and departed in haste. Middle of last month, commenced putting dried catfood down in a dish under shed out of reach from cats, etc, and put my camcorder on to record once dusk. This will use both cards for 12 hrs. Fantistic viewing, food and drink consumed each night, and last night even some of the barley bedding removed and taken under shed. I can actually identify 3 individuals, due to fact that all have differing white markings.

Is this unusual to have three known individuals in a garden some 200 ft long, with two taking bedding under my shed.

Suppose over winter I'll have to wear slippers, so as not to disturb their sleep over!!!

Grape Vine Care

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 07:34

Hi. I have two vines planted permenantly outside in the garden. One grows along garden shed, with quite a few bunches of grapes, and only been growing for 2 years.

The.other planted last year, again in open ground, but stem through into my shed extension, which is walk through, minus doors, to permit access to the top part of the garden, made from Perspex which is basically an open cold frame, about 8ft high, and similar width and length. Vine now being trained along wires etc.

I have seen several greenhouses on local allotments, with vines planted outside, but stem through a missing glass. Even some garden centres have similar within their restaurant extensions, with plenty go grapes growing well

Hampton Court has a vine growing outside, stem inside, many hundreds of bunches grapes this year, and reputed to be over 50 years, (from memory, maybe even more)

Most vines are hardy, so should survive outside ok.

Tomato Growpots, any good?

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 08:25

I have grown very successfully this summer in my greenhouse both toms, cucumbers (so far from 3 plants over 35 cucumbers) and several peppers. 

Where every plant was dug in, I also planted next to it, a 3 to 4 inch pot depth so the rim is just above soil level, and water into these. This allows water to penetrate down immediately, where the roots need it, and encourages deep root growth. 

Have even done this now for many years with success.


moving raspberries

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 21:25

Hi Jackie.  My thoughts is now if they are actually growing. I am having a similar issue this winter, as mine have been growing well for around 12 years, but the past couple of years, quantity, and quality have dropped off markedly. Garden center say best time to replant with new stock, bare rooted is over the winter, but they do have some in pots now, (as well as most other soft fruit) so that is my thoughts for your question.

I'm awaiting for new bare root stock to arrive, so have already commenced preparation of a new part of my fruit cage, as have removed other soft fruit which I dont wish now.

Hope this is of use.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 14:35




 Hi Birdy13

I'll try and explain this mould, which I purchased c1999 from Wickes. The mould itself consisted of 9 shapes, all moulded together within and part of the outer mould, random shapes, sizes, around the central hexagon. The inside of the upper surfaces of each shape was already beveled (to give the rounded effect) whilst the bottom of the mould was completely open, so once your concrete mix was put inside the frame, which you placed on bare soil, sand etc, then tamped down the mix, the frame can be lifted away, without disturbing your moulds. The mix should be on the stiff side, to allow the shapes to remain. Now you have completed a section of path, with 9 individual shapes. Continue again, turning the mould clockwise, or anti-cw, or by 180 degrees.

refer to top image. Locate the hexagon in the middle of this image, and its surrounding 8 shapes. Now view same hexagon left side of image, which just was rotated 180 degrees. Now that one is just a mirror image so to speak. whichever direction you rotate the mould for the following section, it will always join up to the previous section, no gaps etc.

I did forget to mention in earlier post, but if you lay this mould onto a sheet of plastic sheeting, on a hard surface, then fill with concrete mix, etc, remove and allow these shapes to set,  you now have 9 individual pieces of differing shapes, a which will allow you to lay around bends, corners, other the a 90 degree. See second image of my paths joining. You can even remove any shape from anywhere, and replace with some plants, eg thyme, camomile, etc.

My path has been down since c1999 and so it has weathered, hence the colour. You can purchase various colour sand for your concrete mix, ginger, white, etc, from most builders merchants, rather than a ready made up post mix, (this has aggerate as well) which you just add water, rather than just sand and cement.

I think themould was called something like "crazy paving mould" Just been into the attic, to see if I still have mine, and take photo, but unfortunately no, musts have given it away. Still have around 10 spare to fit if I need later. Just remembered to take image to give an idea of size against size 10 flip flop. 

Do hope this helps. 


MOB rants

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 12:39

Rant 3. The size of Wagon Wheels, really they have certainly been downsized since those I purchased in the 1960s (there given an idea of my age)

Anybody else agree, dispite what the manufacturer states, that they are in fact the same size?  


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 09:34

Hi Gardenfanatic & Ckicky.

I purchased a frame from Wickes, many years ago, which has about 9 individual random shapes. The frame isn't square, just an " odd shaped four sided" shaped. From memory the frame was about 3ft x 3ft x 3inches deep.

Cleared the area for the design of the path, then made up a concrete mix, sufficient for one fill of the frame, and put mix into the frame. Ensured level was up to top of the frame, left for a few minutes, then removed frame, turned it round by 90 degrees, (which would then fit to previously laid section. Repeated again and again. So after 4 fills turning frame by 90 degrees each time, the pattern repeats, but does appear random. Going round bends, etc, just have to adapt somewhat. Once the mix has set, you can just remove any one or more pieces to fit around a bend, and fit them as and where. Sounds complicated, but it was easy. Not sure if the frame is still available at DIY stores.

good luck.  J

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 09:23

Nickybe, how did you manage to haexit text showing on your image. Wrote in the text box for my images, sadly none appeared. Must have green fingers!!!


MOB rants

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 07:08

Hi Gardening Grandma

 .  Afraid giong x directory doesn't always stop nuisance calls to home or mobiles, (text messages). Plenty of adverts in any motorway service loos for companies who advertise their ability to get round this. I'm ex my self but still get calls. TPS also unable to stop calls originating from outside UK, so if like my phone with a screen to view number, this shows "outside area" so I donT bother answering. 

Set my answer phone message similar  to following after my intro " if you number not shown in the dial up screen, we will not answer" once they hear that, tend to ring off, but no guarantee.


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