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Latest posts by SweetPea93

Lawnmower grumbles...

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 23:03
Unfortunately it's a rented property else I'd personally get rid of it and have some decking. If I had a "proper" lawn id invest in a mower or pay a gardener, but it really doesn't seem like it's worth the effort at the moment. The landlord wants it kept neat and tidy, which I can understand, but it's become such a hassle trying to sort it. There's a reason everyone on my street has turned their front gardens into driveways. Nobody wants a tiny, and more importantly useless lawn.

I bought some lawn shears the other day, but I think they're just for neatening edges and I got nowhere with it. They're no bigger than a large pair of scissors really. Saw some shears in homebase earlier but were ??25! Where else can I find some?

Buying second hand or from an auction was my first thought too, but now I don't have transport I'm sort of stuck. Thanks for thinking of solutions for me though guys. It was more a grumble from me though. I was walking down the drive and it's such a sight at the moment. Let's all my container gardening down.

If only I owned it I'd be down to homebase in the morning ordering myself a nice bit of decking and a lovely bench!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 22:54
it is shaped like a tree in fairness to me!

Lawnmower grumbles...

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:18

Just a general grumble rather than anything else...

Trying to source someone to mow my lawn, which is the whole of 6 feet by 4, for less than £30 has become rather fruitless. Neighbours said they knew someone who would do it for some cider and a cuppa tea, hasn't gotten in touch, the cheapest push mower I can find is over £30, and seems pointless for such a tiny lawn, and I have nowhere to store it anyway!

It seems so silly that I've gotten everything looking so nice, when I have lawn covered in daisies and dandilions, and it long and unsightly...

I've also asked on local facebook groups and freecycle!

I think I'm destined to make this trip to argos for this push mower at the end of the month and pray nobody pinches it from the front or keep it in the boot of the car!

Such as life hey?

Slugs in kitchen

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:13

I've been noticing the same, I think I'll be putting salt down by the back door, I dread to think what my cats have been doing to any that dare come into the house, the main reason I've not put anything down!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:08

You guys never fail to impress me, getting the right plant via a scrubby, blurry old street map image... Wow!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 17:07

Forester! Yes! You've saved me from taking a photo of it! It looks just like this, but smaller


It's absolutely gorgeous!


Off to research into it now!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 16:02,-2.221655,3a,75y,283.09h,86.7t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sMt-kS1HagCZMGpc95D0J1Q!2e0

This is the street map view, and it's the house with the black frames to the right. The tree in question is not the one climbing up the wall, but just in front - not the very front... I don't think that's clear enough for an ID though!

I'm really not brave enough to talk to them! Maybe i'll be lucky enough to catch them in the garden sometime soon, then I could ask a bit more confidently.

Complete beginner - confused

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 09:41
Hey OP you sound like you're in a similar situation to me. I have a small container garden on the go too. Do you have any room for a small plastic greenhouse or grow box they're very inexpensive and save you from having plants on your windowsills and it's somewhere to keep your watering can, trowels, spare pots etc if you're anything like me, and limited on indoor space as well as outdoor! I really do recommend growing some things from seed, you learn such a lot as well as get so much satisfaction seeing them pop up for the first time. Having prebought plants help make your garden look appealing quick, but there's nothing more pretty to you than the first time you pot up your own humble tiny seedlings and start to see them thrive in their own little pot

If there are cats in your area, and you don't want to hurt them, then avoid Lillies and any plants at all related to the garlic/onion family. They're very poisonous and can be lethal to them. There are humane and safe ways of keeping them off your property. Some are relatively inexpensive, and just involve things like orange peel, or you can save yourself the hassle and buy some product that does the same job. I got mine from pets at home as I wanted it to be safe as I have cats myself - though indoors only.

Do you have space for a window box and or some hanging baskets? They can be a great space saver. We've a small window box dedicated to herbs.

I've learned a lot since joining here and I look forward to seeing what you grow!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:44
It's definitely a tree, has a trunk! Sort of like a small oriental blossom type size but with deep purple blooms! Will google maps now and see if I can screen grab

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 19:39

ooooh I'm not sure I'm brave enough to ask, mostly because I basically oggle their garden every single day, I think they must think I'm mad!... Oddly enough I never seen them working on it though... I might try and sneak a wee photo tomorrow on the way down though...

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