Latest posts by Tina_i_am

cutting long grass

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 14:28

Is it just a normal garden lawn or a meadow? How tall is the grass?

If it's just normal long grass (foot tall or foot and a half), I'd just mow it on the highest lawn mower setting. Cut it once, collect the grass, then cut again at 90 degresss to the first cut. It might look choppy, but it will recover.

Hard plants to grow from seed

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 16:31

Rosemary seeds are difficult to germinate, I never have much success, don't know why.

Frost proofing plants & pots

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 16:08

There was a Gardeners World episode recently, where Joe Swift visited a garden in Bristol with tropical plants (episode 27 this one on iplayer----  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03dz6kk) It showed how the guy there protected his tender tropical plants from snow and frost. To protect one plant, he did make a cage from chicken wire and stuff it with straw around one plant.

I think your bay tree should be hardy enough, but it wouldn't hurt to protect the pot from freezing. Those pot feet should help and maybe a nice bit of garden fleece around the base.

Pumpkin carvings

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 17:10

I'm not much good at pumpkin carving, so last year I made these with the smalls.




Posted: 27/10/2013 at 17:26

Well put Stacey, I hope many read and take note.

Beware of companies offering vouchers and cash back.

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 11:01

Small victory, got both £10 back after a few emails from me.

Grandpa had one just like it

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 16:21

I remember my grandad had a petrol lawn mower. I burnt my hand on the hot engine part, I must have been about 3 years old. Hurt quite a bit at the time, but my grandad could do no wrong in my eyes and I still followed him about in the garden while he cut the grass.

It seemed a huge garden when I was small, full of places to explore and play, but when I visit my nan's house now, my grandad died some 20 years ago, the garden doesn't seem so big.

Many fond memories 

Beware of companies offering vouchers and cash back.

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 20:00

Thanks all.

They refunded me one of my £10, but I've complained to them and asked for the other..."Shy bairns get nowt," and all that.

Trying to raise a little awareness and turn something positive out of the situation.

Beware of companies offering vouchers and cash back.

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 17:39


I feel so stupid, but today while checking my bank account, I found a two £10 direct debits that I didn't recognise. Of course I contacted my bank immediately, but while I was talking to them, I realised that I had bought something from Argos six weeks ago and at the end of that transaction, a company (shopper discounts and rewards) said I could claim a £15 voucher off my next online purchase with Argos. I must have agreed something with them.

I contacted them and they cancelled my 'membership' with them with no quibbles and thankfully I check my account regularly and haven't lost much.

Okay, many may say, SO you DIDN'T read the small print, but it seems I'm not alone, heres an articule written in the Guardian ---- http://bit.ly/1a4ST0i


Just be aware and careful, they work with companies like Argos and B&Q. I aslo contacted Argos to say this could damage their reputation and got a lovely telephone call from them.

I feel stupid, but if anyone can learn from my mistake, all the better.

Strange weather we've been having

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 20:31

Hot chocolate with marshmellows and cream for me on these autumnal evenings. It's been wet and mild really here (north east of england), not had the heating on all that much. 

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