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Help please!

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 20:17

Victoria, my neighbour soaked numerous rags with creosote to deter badgers.  Not sure it deterred badgers but I notice he kept his Wimdows closed and his garden looked awful and smelled baaaaaad 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 20:14

Powerful words.  Powerful emotions Edd.  

Sometimes though the thought that others have similarly strong feelings can be overlooked...?  

i guess we all feel driven to walk away but what happens to those walked away from? every one of us needs a break from time to time but not everyone can take one.  Apparently my dad went walk about when my youngest brother was born.  He needed to clear his head.  Disappeared for 6 weeks.  However, my young mother had to handle 3 small boys alone....?  When did my mum clear her head?

no judgement Edd.  None at all. wish you all you need to resolve things 


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 19:27

Oh Bekkie,  doc said skin damage because of sun exposure over the past 115 years.  Got a cream to help.  Doc had worse cold than I had.  My blood pressure and other tests were ".excellent".   As I left I advised the doc to keep warm and drink plenty of hot liquids.  My niece thinks me a know all..... But I simply felt he needed my counsel 

Help please!

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 19:22

I did get  the odd visit from badgers few years ago but I now have wall/fence and solid gates so no problems now. I notice a neighbour further down is having his stone work regularly damaged and I suspect badgers.  he recently cleared his hedge and clearly invited a badger run. (?)


Posted: 11/02/2015 at 19:18

Panda heucheraholics per chance?   Excellent range of heucheras, heucherellas and Tiarellas 

new Echinacea plant

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 19:13

Victoria, don't worry.  It's normal.  I have a couple of dozen or more echinaceas and all,look dead.  In 3 or 4 weeks or less new shoots will appear.  Magnus is a good reliable older variety with good vigour

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 14:14

I resemble that remark doc 


(the spark in my soul is ignited by a little mischief now and then Punkdoc)

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 14:07

Steve, when you're sweating in the  hot sun trimming all that box and when you're struggling to prevent those box roots getting into your veg rows you will see my wisdom .....  

Seriously though.  (Well, I was serious anyway really) I reckon my veg plot looks a darn sight better with large healthy produce than it would do with 30% or more of it occupied by box.

think seriously Steve.

Remove box hedging?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:54

Cold blood?  Midsomer murders?  

Spent Mushroom Compost

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 12:52

Ally, I think most salad crops will be fine.  You applied in early autumn and much of that lime ...even impurities......will have been washed out.  

For sowings now though I would cultivate the mushroom compost into the top soil by "scratching" a few times to mix it.  It helps break down any lumps.  You can remove any chalk lumps you see too at this time 

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