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How to get rid of a disused swimming pool

Posted: Yesterday at 22:33

Polytunnel over the top.

starting a new garden

Posted: Yesterday at 13:16

Good advice about working the soil piecemeal.  I wonder what KevT was asking?  About soil improvement, planting or both?  I wonder how he got on?

Not so black and white

Posted: Yesterday at 13:05

Despite my efforts to hold them back with various bits of clutter, they broke the defenses and scored the ultimate honey-pot.  They broke into the compost bin.  Must have been worm abandon!

I think now that it's in part because it has been so dry.  The soil is so hard they must be struggling to feed.  Where I water is about the only place left where there is loose mulch/soil.

I really hope it rains hard soon (southeast uk).  I don't think we've had a good pour in weeks.


Last edited: 25 April 2017 13:07:26

Not so black and white

Posted: Yesterday at 04:56

While out for a walk yesterday I caught one lolloping along before sunset.  They are goading me. :)

Not so black and white

Posted: Yesterday at 04:53

@Welshonion, I read that badger hibernation is a myth.  They are less active during winter but not true hibernators.


It's interesting that setts can be hundreds of years old!  I hope they stay there.

Not so black and white

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 22:14

@Berghill what do you think is the trick with the bottles?  Why do badgers dislike them?

when should I prune Buddleia ?

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:30

I haven't quite hit upon the right thing to do with them.  I have some small ones that have responded well to being cut right back.  But the trees have lost a lot of their charm.  I didn't risk moving my white one, but instead am growing on from seed.  Not sure what colour I'll get as I have a dark purple close by.  My white one I've gotten into the habit of cutting right back around April.

I remember on Gardeners world that Monty cuts back a little later (after all frost), for late flowers in the summer.  I'm sure I've cut back after May, but there's good growth about now.  I'm amazed at how much my infant has grown over the last few weeks.

Last edited: 24 April 2017 21:30:55

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:23

Different strokes: different folks!  I love the spike of red in spring.  But they can look ratty.  Four or so planted about six feet apart can look quite nice.  Ubiquity can diminish some of the charm of a plant.  And even uniformity.  Many can occasionally look worse.  I think I rather variety.  You can have more than one of the same plant in different situations for interest.

Not so black and white

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 21:15

It's quite odd, there's a lot elsewhere of interest for them.  But for some reason they uprooted 6ft of hedge over winter.  I placed some larger rocks over the base of the hedge and had no disturbances all winter.

Since mulching, and adding six new young trees to the row, they took an immediate interest.  And have oddly ventured further into the garden.  So perhaps the mulch attracts worms or contained worms or just a difference was enough to spike their interest.

Rather annoyingly they've blasted away my hopes of turning a section of wasteland into a little veg garden.  But perhaps, electric fencing and chicken wire could be enough to make it a nuisance for them.

A set near by had previously been dormant.  But it looks as if they've moved back in.  Obviously they must like what I'm doing!

Funny really, I'd planted wild pear, pretty much for wild life.  And rather ironically they've come a little early.


Last edited: 24 April 2017 21:17:22

Not so black and white

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 16:53


Tried to encourage wildlife.  Ended up with badgers encroaching on the garden, and digging up young hedge.

I've tried to put them off a little with a few larger rocks here and there, but they just throw them aside and snuffle around the plants.

Could I perhaps tempt them away to greener and more pleasant pastures?

Or do I just like and lump?

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