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To cut everything down, or leave.

Posted: Today at 13:43

I do agree with you Gemma & Dorset - everything is beneficial for something  - even if I do still find it very hard to come to terms with the idea of mice or rats in my garden .

But I do love to see owls on the wing & hear them in the evening. I, therefore, plan to erect an owl box in the hope that any residents will help my cat keep down the rodent population and give me a little pleasure too!! 


Posted: Today at 10:18

Morning everybody. VERY cold here - but also wall to wall sunshine
Yesterday it rained non stop from the wee small hours until early evening. It's now all very squelchy out there & there is a flood warning for the next village.
Just getting a few domestic chores done - then out to sweep some leaves, clear a raised bed of soggy, slug munched salad crops & plant some garlic in their place.

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Posted: Yesterday at 20:23
Mr Dove ....

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Posted: Yesterday at 19:20

I would prefer the moderators to insist that everybody uses a nom de plume because I think it would make things a bit safer for some of our less experienced forum users.

Definitely no offence intended to anyone - but there are, occasionally, some very naive postings - often, I suspect, from older Forum members  - who could become prey to advertising & scams.

It can be quite good fun working out whether a poster is male or female and how they came to choose their name (I think there was a thread on this very subject a while ago). 

On the subject of Avatars - I  might change mine & become a leggy size 12 blonde overnight (I wish...)

Crikey! Who pressed the freeeeezing button?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:48

Sounds like a good excuse to light the log burner and make steamed syrup sponge to me ...... 


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 18:48

You're right Matty - you have had the very worst of weeks. It is so draining when it is one bad thing after another and very hard to keep your chin up. We are always here to support when you feel like offloading. 

Best wishes to you & hope you have some positive news regarding treatment etc.

Block Paving

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 18:24

I like moss as it softens edges beautifully.

In the same way that I do not remove moss & algae from roof tiles, I also do not remove moss from between paving stones / slabs unless it is a slip hazard. As Philippa says - it will be an annual task if moss is happy growing in that spot. It will be an even bigger task if you use mechanical methods that disturb grouting and / or bedding so that 'proper' weeds can get a foothold.

Plants for lightweight arch

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 18:08

Anniets - hope you are feeling better. I would certainly go with a clematis which needs to be hard pruned each year. 

In addition I would also consider one of the New English Roses (David Austin) which are generally grown as shrubs or bushes but can also be grown as a small climber - something like Gertrude Jekyll.

Because they are not true climbers they will never grow too tall or rampant (prob abt 5') but their growth habit allows them to be trained up an obelisk or small arch. There are several of the DA roses which can be trained in this way giving you a choice of colours and scents.

do i need to buy a greenhouse

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 14:32
vic14 wrote (see)

Thanks for the advice everyone. I already have a small plastic one which gets quite full at times which is why ive spilled over into the shed slightly. I never thought that i would enjoy gardening as much as i do and didnt realise the amount of tools needed for the job!  

You've nearly answered your own question Vic!

In short, no you don't need a greenhouse to overwinter dahlias - just somewhere frost free. BUT - if you have found that you really enjoy gardening & are starting to struggle for space in a mini greenhouse and starting to use the shed as one - well I can only think that a proper full size greenhouse will increase your enjoyment many times over.

It is, however, a fairly major purchase - especially if you start putting down a decent base, installing electricity and buying lots of accessories. It is worth doing a lot of homework to find the right size & construction for your needs & pocket as well as working out the best site for access & sun etc. Lots of free advice available from the forum as you know & we're all getting a bit bored now winter is approaching so plenty of time to share our experiences!!

As a first off from me - I would say go for the biggest one you can accommodate without spoiling the look of your garden, consider installing electric so you can operate propagators & thermo controlled heaters and try to get a water supply next to it or nearby so you are not walking miles to water plants (a filled water butt is fine - doesn't need to be mains). Also make sure you can walk round the outside to clean or possibly repair it.


PS - We've all made loads of mistake along the way - that's why we don't laugh at anybody else's


Posted: 17/11/2014 at 13:37
Edd wrote (see)

Just been for a walk and came across a fully laden fruit tree that i have not seen since i was a kid. I only know it by its ugly name 'Dog's A**e Fruit' 

Can anyone remember what its true name is please.

.... I think they might be 'medlars' Edd. Apparently they make very nice jelly. Don't think I've ever seen one. 

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