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Gardens to compensate for increased building around me

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 12:51

How large is your garden Katfish? And how large is the paddock?

You've said the paddock gets waterlogged but does the garden also get waterlogged? 

I would never normally suggest planting a willow tree anywhere near a house because their roots will travel long distances in the search for ground water and they can cause problems with house foundations & drains.

If' however, there is a spot in your paddock which is a good distance from any house (a tree surgeon might give you some figures but lets say 50 - 100m), then that might be an ideal place to plant one. It will enjoy the wet conditions & soak up a lot of water. Failing that would you be allowed to make a drainage pond?

If your garden also gets waterlogged you could consider making a pond into which water is drained and surrounding it with bog planting. Proper drainage would probably make the rest of your garden drier (raised beds & making higher levels would also help) but it is worth calling in a good landscaping contractor to discuss the options.

I know my response doesn't really answer your original query or support your idea (which is a very good and responsible one BTW!) but it might be a workable option to reduce the effects of high water table / levels on your land and property.

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Posted: 09/04/2016 at 12:29

Afternoon - dull and rainy here so hwk for me today - then I can move into the garden tomorrow with a clear conscience

Well done on saving the baby David - shakes you up a bit though doesn't it?

Re the speeding ticket - I did a Speed Awareness course to avoid penalty points on a previously clean licence and increased premiums on both my and OH's car insurance. Decided to make it an opportunity to learn something. Did lots of homework beforehand (not obligatory) and spent hours doing the online Theory & Hazard Perception tests that are now part of the driving test. Can recommend the online stuff  to anyone as a way of brushing up on your Highway Code and road skills. I learned new stuff - and relearned things I had forgotten. 

Nice photo Wonky.  You clearly love the work you do with the family you're with for 3 days. What do you do on the other 2 days (if you don't mind me asking) - any prospect of changing them so you're doing more of the type of caring you enjoy? 

Enjoy the party Runny - that'll wake you up if nothing else does

Hope Fairy gets to walk at some stage this weekend.

Enjoy whatever you're doing folks - SYL




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Posted: 08/04/2016 at 17:07
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

Topbird, it's all down to giving up booze  ( and the late evening snacks which accompanied it) 

That's ok then - congratulations and well done you 

I'm sure the medics will be very pleased with you and you'll be dancing around a whole lot quicker than you otherwise would have done 

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Posted: 08/04/2016 at 16:35

You snuck in there Hosta - toasties actually do count as gourmet in this house .

I hope the weight loss is intentional and nothing to worry about. I guess if you were built more for comfort (like me) it will be a good thing and help with the knee repair 

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Posted: 08/04/2016 at 16:33

All this gourmet cuisine Hosta & Dove.... 

Lovely day today - really quite warm out of the breeze. Have spent a very pleasant couple of hours in the potting shed potting on cuttings, watering the seedlings, having a tidy up etc. Nothing strenuous - just pottering 

Love the magic of this time of year. Quite a lot of the cosmos sowed on Sunday have germinated already & the tray is on a nice sunny shelf in the potting shed. Came in for about an hour at lunchtime - when I went back out at least another 5 green shoots were showing.

All the salad crops are germinating too - I is like a 5 year old at Christmas 

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Posted: 07/04/2016 at 17:24

Thumbs up for the gin Panda - anaesthetic, antiseptic, stress reliever - it's nearly a health food - should be available on prescription (Tanqueray No 10 for preference) 

Hope you feel better soon chuck  x

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Posted: 06/04/2016 at 14:48

Panda - I had a wisdom tooth taken out a few years ago 'cos it was doing nowt but crowding the other teeth. Very quick - no pain at the time just a tiny bit achy the next day - don't miss it at all.

Feels like a huge hole in your head though  - couldn't stop exploring it with my tongue 

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Posted: 06/04/2016 at 12:04

Morning - have had a busy couple of days - too boring to tell you about 

Just wanted to share a couple of exciting things only fellow gardeners will understand.

Driving near Milton Keynes yesterday saw my first proper patch of native bluebells - looked stunning. I don't know if it was a particularly sunny, sheltered spot but, so far, I've seen little sign of them in Suffolk!

Sowed 20 trays of seeds on Sunday afternoon and - joy of joys - the 1st cosmos has raised it's pretty little head this morning 

Best wishes to Wonky & OH - get well soon. Best wishes to you too Dove - enjoy whatever time you can with Ma 

BL - Thetford GC is quite a good one - plants are usually reasonable quality  & they have a very good tools / machinery department although it sounds as though you won't be needing too much in the way of machinery! Don't like the one at Bressingham so much now - it was very good when it was run by the Bloom family but is now another Wyevale with more than it's fair share of scented candles, 'gifts', tacky garden ornaments etc. The excellent plant selection has been replaced with a much more mundane range (IMO).  Better than many though - and a decent cafe last time I went! 

Hosta - hope you enjoy the opera - one of my favourites. Love shopping for wellies 

Yvie - imagine your nails are down to the quick now - hope all goes well.

Hope everyone else is keeping well.

Cold and windy out there today but I need to pull my woolly hat on & go shovel yet more topsoil. Really want to get this job finished today & before the rain forecast for this afternoon arrives.


Posted: 03/04/2016 at 09:26
Certainly sounds like a plan to me CD - but I've never done it. Hopefully somebody else will be able to give you a definite thumbs up or highlight any potential problems.
Congratulations on the house move

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Posted: 01/04/2016 at 11:24

Isn't it warm in the tunnels Hosta?

You're right about the outside temperature - it looks sunny and inviting out there but the breeze has a very keen edge to it. Was down to a tee-shirt yesterday but think I will be keeping some layers on today.

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