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Esther Reeds covered in fly

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:26

Hiya raspberry fool......wash off or hose off but it's all food for ladybirds and the like.  Its not just wildlife these chemicals damage....spray can blow back  in your face, get on your hands and generally poison the local air.  

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:11

Hiya Salino....I respect your views....seen your garden so of course I do.  Yes have little private sitting area thats bit sentimental so won't photo that.  Got scented and favourite stuff there "through the arch".  Small pool.  Veg patch, fruit area.  Compost area of course.  Yes maybe that size Salino.

Oakley ..not,quite as simple as that but I hate planting and replanting stuff that never matures or grows only for a season.  If you choose complementary perennials, shrubs, grasses, etc that allowfor all 4 seasons they will in relatively short time enable you to spend your time "sitting in it".  Got to admire your attitude Oakley

Re the grasses. ....I dig up mine every 3 years or so to keep young and compact and they are very easy then.  No real total maintenance-free  gardening but I think the way I do it is economical on time and money and energy..  Plus people get free plants, many of them quite classy plants, when I give away my divided ones.

Curry plant

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:00

Hiya Oakley.  Don't plant it deep if ground is,heavy.  Or mix grit Imto the soil and you can plant little deeper. The poorer the soil the more silver the foliage

I think the curry plant is the best silver there is.  Lots of sun and dry soil and that curry smell in September and October....fantastic.

Prob not what you want to,hear but I would cut it back a little....go back to a pair of,small shoots ..and it will grow quickly and more densely.  It's a plant I grow to be as dense as possible and pruning is good way to do it

Something to block out sound of neighbours voice!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 11:40


A problem yes.  I tend to agree with Andy.   Can you move your sitting area further away?  They aren't always going to be on their,patio when you are out there though. Sometimes, just accepting a situation makes it less severe.  I understand totally your issue, your right to bit of peace etc. but often being in your mind makes it worse.  Your pyracantha will grow and muffle,sounds, but don't move.  You said you would be upset,to leave your garden.  

Currently I have a neighbour working on renovating his house.  He is noisy and a nuisance at times...I've told him he's a "noisy sod" at times and how much longer will it take ?  We are friendly and I tell him with a smile on my face but he knows I'm not really happy. But things settle down rodgy dodge.  Don't rival your neighbour's noise but take a radio with you on a level you can enjoy.  Life is,often about mind,over,matter. Just try to enjoy what you have there.

Any ideas????

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 11:19

Wot u like Oakley?  Look forward to,the picture later then!

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 11:07


Actually dont have that many yellow conifers Taxus Standishii, bought one and two were cuttings, but i love it.  A taxus Coppershine.....turns coppery orange any day front garden and one at back.  And 2 more.  But I do like yellow foliage and variegated foliage.  I have a lot of,purple foliage emerging now, and I mean a lot, some bonariensis that complements yellow beautifully coming up fast and loads of blues, spikes and grasses.  The yellow soon will not be so,pronounced then. My garden in winter has loads,of colour and the "yellows" shine then....but each to his,own.  We all are different.

Can I just say though that this really is a low maintenance garden .....initially lots of work but now very  easy.  That's why on the forum I try to encourage newbies to grow perennials, etc rather than annuals.  Annuals are a constant yearly or twice yearly and expensive business.  I do very little work in it currently or,over past few weeks.  

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 07:53

Monty features Nigel  in his progs.  I have a 9 year old golden lab ....spike....who plods around here owning everything but respecting paths, etc and knows where he can and can't go.  Your pets?  Garden respecter or ruffian?  

Mine is called spike after the tv cartoon prog, that I suddenly have forgotten.  Whats your dog or cat or rabbit or whatelse called and is it a part of your gardenIng duties?

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 07:46

Missed a chance to do a "Monty" dog usually is in the garden somewhere and could have put him in!!









Posted: 27/06/2013 at 07:43

Morning all

It's looking like a hot day

Cutting back hedge soon whilst it's still cool then it's other less interesting stuff

Enjoy your day everyone


What to feed veg ?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 00:25

In big trouble today....keep called people he instead of she.  So I apologise now and for repeating it in the future.  I am but a simple Cornish yokel you see.

Michael, I used to put it on very thickly on the soil surface in the autumn. it did a few prevented weeds, its texture deterred slugs n snails as well as its saltyness, it provided alginic acid (I think I have that correct) which helped bind together the sandy particles in my soil. It provided nutrients in small quantities too so plants, veg, etc., weren't over fed and it rotted down beautifully come the spring leaving enough material to continue deterring those molluscs.  

I didn't wash the salt out of it....islanders everywhere used it as is as we do/ did here without worrying about the salt content.  Yes, used it in my compost heaps's texture mixed well with the other materials there.  Putting it down in autumn will take some nitrogen from the soil but since few things grow then it did no harm.  Come the spring and summer the nitrogen will have been returned to the soil.

It certainly was best soil conditioner I used....and weed free!

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