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Fidgetbones - Hen party

Posted: Today at 00:04

I can bring 5 gallons of 2 year old organic Sussex garden cider for the chaps - only 6.5% ABV though. I also have some white wine for the ladies - genuine Sussex chardonnay! 

On my way to the cloakroom on the way out!

Natural Wind Barrier but not Sun Blocker Wanted!

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 00:26

Dogwood is often planted for the colour of the new stems which grow after hard pruning back to ground level each year. If your hedge has got to 8ft high it sounds like it would benefit from regular hard pruning.

New Petrol Strimmer Smoking

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 00:19

I smell spam, not oil.

Scab on Maincrop potatos

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 23:22

Councils in the UK do not have any responsibility for water supply so can't put any chemicals in it. In England and Wales private companies are responsible, Scottish Water is a publically owned company answerable to the Scottish Parliament.


It should be possible to see details of your water supply quality on your water supplier's website which will give you a detailed chemical analysis of your tap water. This is governed by EU legislation and enforced by the Drinking Water Inspectorate in England and Wales.

Chinese Lantern Tree

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 22:27

Pruning won't make it much denser but will help a little. It wants to grow into a small tree really, mine are about 10 feet tall after pruning about 10 years ago. They are evergreen and can be pruned at any time of year. I think I did mine in Spring but Autumn would be fine too. Mine are now seeding and also have next year's flowers growing too. Pruning will therefore lose next year's flowers but they should grow strongly again.


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 22:15

California was obviously popular 15 years ago -we were there too. Loved Point Lobos with its weird rock formations, sealions and sea otters as well as birdlife. Monterey aquarium was a highlight and of course we tried whale watching too - migrating grey whales in March when we were there.

Blocked Hose Pipe - Help!!

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 22:46

Connect it back up to the tap then gradually work along the hose to try to find out where the blockage is. Do this by squeezing the hose with a pair of pliers or mole grips until you find a point that you can't squeeze as easily as the rest of the hose. That is where the blockage will be. You could then try to "massage" the blockage with the pliers to break it up. Failing that if it is only a short section that is blocked chop it out and use connectors to get back to a working hose again.

Helping with the deadheading

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 17:44

The stag got the crocosmia. He was hiding behind the inula so I didn't see him to begin with but went upstairs to get a better view.


Although he did help with the weeding. How they can eat brambles like that is beyond me. They must have steel lined mouths.

Helping with the deadheading

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 11:54

Although I wish they would wait until the flowers are dead first! Looks like our crocosmia are going to be saved from the stress of producing seedheads this year again. They are also very handy for mopping up early windfall apples. Haven't seen a family group in the garden for a while so this trio came as a surprise.




What kind of Garden injuries hav you had

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 11:09

Working on a tree trunk downed onto a steep slope when the electric chainsaw kicked back and drove the motor onto my shin. Lump the size of my fist within minutes which took a week to dissipate and was tender for several weeks after that.

Cleared a patch of brambles and collected plenty of scratches which got infected. Elephantitus-like swelling of lower legs, fevers and facial swelling resulted. Took three doctors, three different antibiotics and nine weeks to bring it under control -it was a simple e. coli infection but the first two docs got it wrong. Don't underestimate the simple bramble!

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