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Steve J

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60cm Plant Pot (For Apple Trees)

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 23:13

Depends what you call cheap, a quick google for 60cm plastic planters brought up several options that I have seen used on TV.

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 20:51

For my two pennies worth, cats can easily be neutered before the age of six months. We routinely neuter at sixteen weeks old and this prevents any risk of pregnancy at all. Cats should be taught as kittens to wear a safe collar and this should carry at least two bells or a small ultrasonic device to reduce hunting success. For all those ranting on that cats can be trained and owners should be prosecuted, get a grip on reality!

I also take umbridge with the persistent 'astronomical vets fees' arguement. We neuter both male and female cats for around fifty pounds, not a bad deal for half an hour of the time of a skilled professional.

Pruning Leylandii

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 18:34

Or of course, you could do the world a favour and kill the darned things!

Massive Hydrangea

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 20:46

They are pretty bombproof. When I was a novice, I chopped mine back hard after flowering and they still survived but I am in Surrey and the garden is fairly sheltered. The theory is that leaving the flowers and stems in place helps protect the base. 

Massive Hydrangea

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 19:05

I did remove a third one earlier this year and it had quite shallow if persistent roots so only took twenty minutes to remove. Replaced it with a Sarcococcus so no bald sticks outside our back door in winter from now on. Instead, vanilla scented flowers!

Massive Hydrangea

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 19:02

I have two and one was ridiculous, I chopped it to the ground in spring and it is now a 4' green, healthy but flowerless ball again and next spring I will cut it back to side buds so that it flowers.

Buying Garden Land

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 23:31

Has anyone ever bought or sold garden land to neighbours?


Posted: 31/08/2013 at 11:50

When removing a large stump from our garden, I found a crowbar very handy for splilling roots. Either make a groove with an axe to allow it it or if they are a little bit soft, you can actually hammer it in and then lever away!


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 12:05

Sorry to be a killjoy but as a vet I can assure you that the dog rocks and diet changes are a bit of a con. The best solutions are training to a specific point and living with that being awful or get a bucket of water and wash away each and every pee!


Posted: 03/08/2013 at 19:37

Chop it to the base and they don't grow back. They do try to suck the life out of the soil beneath them though!

Discussions started by Steve J

I'm digging a pond by hand...

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Bit Disappointed By Gardeners' World Live This Year

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Metal trellis?

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Greenhouses, Planning Rules and Boundaries...

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Buying Garden Land

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10/10 for Persistence!

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Vine Wires

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Hurry up and start spring for goodness' sake!

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This month's GW mag freebie

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Any idea what this fruit is?

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Combi shed-greenhouses

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