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Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:11

Hi Lily - I like willow a lot but I wouldn't put it anywhere near water pipes or drains - it is one of the worst for seeking out water with it's roots.

If Luke wants to plant fairly near to his (or any neighbour's) house he would need to know where the service pipes run before planting

Lyn offline

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:03

Chicky - Had just arranged to hire a generator last year when the lights came back on - we are considering buying one this year tho'.

Our saving grace is the old boy who lives down the road on his own... He has to use a walking frame & his house is in a dip so he gets no mobile signal . When the power supply people were informed that he had been walking round his old cottage (uneven floors) with a candle stuck on the frame & no way of contacting anyone if he fell - they came & repaired the probs PDQ. (Don't worry - all us neighbours keep a good eye on him & pop in regularly whenever there's a problem - & somebody bought him a torch when they heard what he'd been up to !!!)


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 08:47
A quick trip to our local pub might also put you off - bamboo breaking through the tarmac in the car park over a wide area & also lifting the pavement outside. Lots of research & preventative measures before planting...
Have you considered shrubs such as buddleia & sambucus - fast growing for screening but can be pruned really hard each year to shape & control them (mine reach 2.5 m each summer from a spring prune down to abt 0.5m) or trellis / climbers?

First Allotment winter

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 07:28
A (very!) old hand at allotmenteering once told me that autumn & winter were when he did all the heavy work on his plot - digging & spreading. He always reckoned it was work that had to be done at some stage before the new planting season & he was way too busy doing the fun stuff of growing & planting in the spring. Also gave him an excuse to escape to his tea shed in the winter!

Lyn offline

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 07:14
We live down a single track dead end lane with lots of footpaths off. 99% of the time it is rural bliss - quiet and very little traffic other than lots of dog walkers. We are also only about a mile from our phone exchange so internet is pretty good considering (chances of fibre optic are slim to none tho'!)
However, everything is overhead, there are lots of trees around & we have to live with the near certainty of electric & phone disruption when the weather kicks off. Last year we lost power a couple of times - once for 2 days (just after the clocks went back to make it extra dark!) & the phone was off for 2.5 weeks. Nearly drove me mad - like Nut we use t'internet for everything - staying in touch, news, weather, entertainment, shopping, banking.
I really feel for Lyn - it can feel quite isolating not being able to just log on. Hope she at least has a decent mobile signal given her situation - hope things get sorted out soon.

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 23:12
Can I wangle an invite too? Can supply raspberry gin and parkin. Fancy wearing my Cat Woman outfit if I can do the zip up!!


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 22:44
Having spent a whole season digging out an inherited bamboo (total spread approx 2m x 3m) which was pushing up my neighbours patio slabs - I wouldn't use bamboo either. I have no idea which variety it was.

If you are determined to go with bamboo I would suggest you take steps to control the root spread before you plant it.

University Project

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 20:48

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 21:47
I'm ashamed to admit to a pastry tantrum once when the stupid stuff just kept cracking as I was rolling it & sticking to everything in spite of dusting with flour etc etc
There was a stamped foot, a lip you could wedge a penny on - all rounded off with a lump of pastry being hurled at the wall - where it stuck fast for several seconds. At which point hubby roared with laughter which didn't exactly help the situation!
He then proceeded to unpick it from the tiles & roll it out perfectly - how? - why? - is a mystery to me. So I don't make apple pie either - which does not make me popular. Make a mean apple crumble & decent scones though!!

Her Poor knees

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 10:21

I should have said Alan - my stool is a plastic one - fairly sturdy but still a bit unstable on uneven ground. Perhaps the metal ones give more stable support if Kate needs a hand to get up?

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