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Extreme beginner needs inspiration please!

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 09:18

Another one voting to keep the ivy here! You can always prune off any really straggly bits which are waving around but you essentially have a very low maintenance, wildlife friendly hedge there. I'd definitely keep it.

I quite like Hosta's plans to make the LH piece of grass into a bed. A nice deep area there where you could grow a range of plants around a child friendly water feature and there would also be room for a few veg plants as well if that takes your fancy.

I agree that the concrete as is looks quite ugly and can see a big crack in the piece nearest the house. You could consider putting wooden shuttering around a new bed and the small lawn and then just putting a load of shingle over the concrete. It would look better, is reasonably cheap and you can just scrape the shingle back to access the manhole cover. But you do need some sort of edging to keep the shingle out of the grass and out of the soil.

I cannot agree with planting a silver birch so close to your neighbour's house. They become very large trees and (as one who lives next to one) they shed loads of debris (seeds, leaves etc etc) through any open windows. I have to clean my bathroom floor every time the window is opened and there is the slightest breeze - loads of stuff comes off my neighbour's silver birch.

Last edited: 19 March 2017 09:19:48

Garden tools utility belt

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 16:31

The trug I use is divided into 3 - one long section and two shorter sections - with a central carrying handle.

Longer tools (fork, trowel, secateurs, hammer etc) go in the long section and the other 2 sections house smaller items such as labels, twine, sharpener, fold up knife, staples etc. 

It's a bit like this one - only with 3 compartments not 2 and probably a bit bigger. Cost about £5 from a local ironmonger.

Garden tools utility belt

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 10:44

I couldn't do all that bending and stretching with a belt on - let alone with a load of tools on it.

I have a large plastic trug with all my hand tools, dibbers, balls of twine etc etc in. Means I can carry a lot of stuff round the garden as I'm working. But I'm constantly walking backwards and forwards to the shed for bigger tools (loppers, edgers etc)

Resurrected Eight

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 09:01

Can I have some of your rain LB.? Pretty please. We've not had proper rain (other than the odd day) since October. The large natural pond round the corner is completely dried up and I'm thinking I will have to get the soaker hose out the front soon 

Shouldn't need to be thinking about that in March.

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Posted: 17/03/2017 at 08:13


You were up early LB - is it the lighter mornings. I'm jusy having the first cuppa of the day - in bed

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:53


Can you send some of that rain down here FG? The ground is really dry in places and the large natural pond round the corner is just a 6' deep hole with a slightly muddy bottom. We've not had much rain at all since October - just the odd day.

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Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:44

Afternoon all - you've been very chatty today

This morning it was warm and sunny so bought salad and quiche for dinner. It's now grey and cold and I'm fancying beef stew & dumplings - mmm. Have promised ourselves fish & chippies tomorrow so probably better to be good today.

Slight twinge of tendonitis in my gardening arm - all that hand weeding on heavy clay soil. Decided to give it a rest for a couple of days so concentrated on cutting back some big shrubs with loppers and moving a pyracantha. They have very long and very sharp prickles don't they? - get everywhere don't they?

Loved the story of Tigg's gardening exploits. Perhaps she was a horse in Ben Hur in a previous life

Hugs for all those feeling low or a bit stressed at the moment

Last edited: 16 March 2017 17:46:14

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 17:20

Love Oxo  Hall BL. Had a lovely snowdrop walk there last year with some excellent company - but I've also been on my own to look round the house. Did you see the tapestries? Lovely

I've done a bit in the garden today - moved a pyracantha - ouch - and cut back the buddleias and elder so I now have a pile for shredding. Decided not to do more cutting back / hand weeding as I can feel a twinge of tendonitis in my right forearm and I don't need to to be stirring that up at this time of year. One of the perils of hand weeding on heavy clay soil unfortunately

Was lovely and warm earlier so went to SM and bought quiche & salad stuff for dinner. Has gone cold now & I'd rather be having Dove's crumpets (as it were)

Last edited: 16 March 2017 17:21:58

Puzzlers Corner 2

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 08:26

Thanks RB & Tetley.

They leave a huge space don't they Tetley? Your Henry looks like a cheeky wee chappy and the spitting image of my SIL's dog. My Harry is the last in a long line of rescue cats - all in desperate need of a kind and loving home. Your Henry knew nothing but love and kindness for the last 5 years and he went to sleep with a sense of love and security. We can do no more than that for them.

Rat in the compost bin

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 19:29

I use shredded paper, cardboard (torn up), newspaper (torn up), shredded woody plant material, contents of the vacuum cleaner, sawdust, OH's hair after its been cut - lots and lots of stuff. 

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