Thelma Fletcher

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Posted: 12/05/2017 at 15:35

Thank you so much for all your replies.  In times past, my husband would have dealt with them, but he died of cancer in January, and I am now on my own and 69 years old.  So it's gonna have to be the professionals, and I will take your advice, I'll get them out completely.


Posted: 12/05/2017 at 08:28

Moving into a new house, with 6 tall leylandi across the back.

I would like to have them cut down to 6ft from ground, and also chop off all the leaves, so just leaving bare trunks in ground.

I want to be able to use the trunks to screw nails etc, secure fence against it etc.

I know that leaves won't grow back, but will the roots keep on growing ?  I want to use the soil for growing veg fruit and flowers.

Is this idea a possibility, or has my brain gone to fairyland ?

Forsythia - forgot to prune

Posted: 18/03/2016 at 00:08

prune after flowered.  Mine only got small buds on, didn't know if they were flower or leaves, so I put a couple of peices in a vase of water, they opened up into flowers in one week.

mushy peas!

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 16:45

I know that on paper, and I will try, but I need a new memory, or maybe just any second hand memory.  Before anyone suggests writing it down, I still need a memory to remember to find and read all the bits of notes I have written in the past !!!


whisteria cuttings

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 21:00

Thank you to everyone, and I'll keep my fingers crossed hoping I'll follow in the boots of fidgetbones.

whisteria cuttings

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:32

I have a lovely Wisteria sensis, that has a proper graft, and it now flowers lovely.  If I managed to take a cutting from it, does anyone know how long it would take to flower ?  and would it grow as good without a graft ?


mushy peas!

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 19:16

Done it, tried them mixed into a salad, and they are lovely, just taste like fresh podded peas. I've now got more growing in pieces of guttering in the greenhouse.

mushy peas!

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 23:21

I found a packet of Batchelors dried peas in the back of the cupboard, 1 year past sell by date !  Was about to throw them out, then had an idea. In a small dish I put a folded paper kitchen towel, some of the peas, then another folded towel on top, and wet it.  Only a few days later some of the peas have started to sprout.  Does anyone know if I should plant them outside or in the greenhouse ? I don't know what variety they come from.

Plants to edge a bed to scare cats off

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 23:25

cats usually look for the freshly dug softest soil.  So if you have just sown or planted an area, cover it with clotches or whatever, water it.  AND at the same time, dig a very small area for the cats, don't water or cover.  (yes that's what I said, if you can't beat em, then join them).  They will choose this area, so you will know where it is.  Spade it up and onto the compost heap.  Left on top in the open, it will dry out and disintigrate.  If it's left buried in the soil, it will be preserved for months.

Hydrangea colour

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 00:12

The natural colour of Hydrangeas is usually pink.  The blue colour is induced by what is in the soil.  You can buy potions to water in and make/keep the flowers blue.  Or you can create your own - just rusty water.  I do it the easy way, anything rusty like old nails, bits of broken rusty metal etc, I just throw them into the middle of the bush at soil level, and let the rain do the rest.  If you ever come across a Hydrangea that naturally has blue flowers, it will be growing near a metal post that will be rusty below ground level.

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partial chopping down 
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whisteria cuttings

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mushy peas!

Where do I plant the dried pea plants ? 
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