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Latest posts by sterelitza

Tropical garden

Posted: 01/04/2013 at 10:10

I live in the SW of Wales so do not get the extreme cold of the northern areas.  I have grown a hedge of mixed Phormiums interspersed with Gold Crest conifers.  It really looks colourful all the year round and has withstood everything the seasons have thrown at it since planted 6 years ago.  It is also near a road with heavy traffic and not far from the sea so gets a battering from those as well.  I would advise caution with Yukka.  I have some in large pots and I have found the biggest problem is snow.  When snow gets down through the spiky leaves towards the main stem and then freezes this can cause the spiky leaves to rot and fall off.  I cover them with fleece mainly to keep ice and snow away from the main stem.  I will try and post some pictures later. Good luck Blujan, remember... nothing ventured nothing gained, so have a go. Its good fun.

FORKERS CLOTHING

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 19:22

I always wear a baseball hat, it keeps the sun out of my eyes - roll on summer, I can't wait to get out into the garden and get some work done.  My old gardening clothes are waiting in a pile for me and my wellies.

Talkback: How to mow your lawn

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 12:33

Hi Fsirygirl, thsnks for your helpful advice snd yes I probably am heavy handed with the spreading and caused bald/bare patches in the grass as a result.  (I did mean bare patches).  Is there a way of perhaps adding something to the feed mix to thin it out - perhaps some compost of sand?  Its lovely and sunny here today but very cold and frosty at night, so when would be the best time to do this?

Talkback: How to mow your lawn

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 09:23
I would like some advice on feeding the lawn in spring. In the past I have spread feed and weed all over the grass in spring but have had black patches and then holes appearing in the grass. What have I done wrong and how should I cope with feeding this year. I have not touched the grass yet as it is too cold but the grass is growing and looks untidy. Thanks.

Why I never buy online

Posted: 31/03/2013 at 08:00

Its great to read about all of you and how you do your garden shopping and how the garden enriches your life no matter how well or otherwise you are.  Do you also, like me sometimes buy plants at the supermarket when you do your weekly shop.  I went to do my Easter grocery shop at a local supermarket last Friday morning and purchased along with food etc, two pots each containing 3 hyacinths about 2 inches tall looking strong and healthy.  I could not resist them and now they will sit in my conservatory so that I can enjoy them when they bloom.  Then they will go into the border to keep flowering year after year.  I have done this in previous years and when I bravely ventured out into the garden a few days ago, looking like an Eskimo with all the clothes I had on, I saw some hyacinths in bloom which I planted a few years ago.  What a lovely surprise, it made my day.  There are so many ways you can buy your garden supplies and we should make use of them all, whichever suits us best.

WEATHER this week

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 07:55

I have been worrying about when would be the best time to cut the grass, the local council (bless em) have started cutting grass in this area.  I did notice that the grass is not growing so fast this year so maybe save a little on electric.  Not so good inside though heating bills going throught the roof.  Heard on the radio that this weather is going to last well into Ap;ril and maybe longer.

Why I never buy online

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 07:43

Verdun, I agree that Woodgreen wonderboy has started an interesting thread here.  There are so many reasons why people use all these methods of purchasing their plants, seeds etc.  Personally I use the lot!  Main reason is that I like to research and hopefully purchase the best for my garden at the best price, unfortunately this does not always work.  I have used my local independent nursery for larger plants and shrubs as they have probably been growing outside for sometime and will have endured a few seasons and will survive in my garden... this is opposed to buying from other sources where they may have been grown under perfect conditions to ensure success.  It is down to trust and confidence and... not wasting money.  I really look forward to reading more on this subject so keep them coming.

FORKERS CLOTHING

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 17:09

I usually wear jogging trousers, sooo comfortable and old jumpers that are wearing out so finishing the clothes off in the garden.  I have those shoe wellies on my feet and garden gloves from a supermarket that only cost 99p so when they wear out I dont break the bank replacing them.  I find I do wear clothes out quickly in the garden especially on the knees.  I also wear a baseball cap, sometimes pinch my OH ones that are wearing out.  I am sure my neighbours think I am batty but I dont care!   

cats!!

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 16:57

I have tried so many methods of stopping cats using my lawn and flower beds as their toilet, NOT MY CATS I DON'T HAVE ANY!!!!  I have used lavender oil mixed with water, tea bags doused with muscle joint spray, and lavender oil.  Holly leaves sprinkled on the soil where they visit, water bottles on the lawn, and one of those battery operated thingy that emits a high pitched noise that people cannot hear.  I must say that somethings seems to work but not sure which.  A combination of things to try altogether seems to work for me. Sooo annoying to have unwanted 4 legged visitors.  I have not tried Jeyes, so that's another to add to my list! 

MOB rants

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 08:05
clogherhead wrote (see)

AT LONG LAST I can get a word in ,Why is it that some not all, infrequent users ask how do you do this or that   The BBC bless their hearts ,  have provided at the top of the page HOW to  lot of info  can;t go wrong ,

Derek woof woof

Hi clogerhead, I too am an infrequent user of this site ... but... I love reading what others like me have discovered and want to know what others like me - want to know.. so to speak.  I do watch the BBC gardening programmes and have recorded a few so that I can watch them again ana again to pick up some expert tips.  But the nice thing about the gardening forum (for me at least) is reading little gems from gardeners like me who are not experts and are learning new things all the time.  Hope this explains why we ask how to do this or that.  Cheers

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