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Shed questions

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 20:58

Nice doghouse, Riley.

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 20:56

I love all animals, but if there is one animal I'd love to rid the garden of, it would be cats.  They just decimate the wildlife.  I'm really fed up with it now, and am trying to think of ways to cat proof some wildlife areas.

I'd be tempted to have raised the rat babies.  Though they say fancy rats have been bred to sieve out aggressive traits.  Terrible quandary...

Invasive plant on lawn - identification and advice please!

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 23:42

You can eat the young leaves.  But do so before you use any weed killer.  I've just dug out a load, as it was very close to an apple, and I feared using a chemical that might hurt the apple.  Already I can see signs that it's desperate to make a come back.  I did figure that if you get a taste for it, you'll probably turn the tables, and after a while there won't be enough.

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Posted: 22/06/2017 at 23:38

I must learn how to sharpen my tools.  I've an old (ancient) and new pair of hedge shears.  The old ones come apart, and I've had a little joy sharpening them.  And they are a great to use.  All the modern entry level tools I have, have been complete and utter garbage.  The £5 Lidl tools look superficially as good as other £20 nasties.  And my loppers and secateurs blunt pretty quickly.

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Cut back leylandi hedge

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 17:43

A bamboo screen will shade out regrowth, and it will likely look the worse for it.

Privet may be a little common, but it really is great stuff.  But if you really don't like, I'd swap it out for another evergreen.  At least privet is semi-evergreen, and gives privacy.

Privet will take quite a beating, so fastening something to it won't be a death knell.

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How to get rid of a disused swimming pool

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 22:33

Polytunnel over the top.

starting a new garden

Posted: 25/04/2017 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: 25/04/2017 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.


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Not so black and white

Posted: 25/04/2017 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: 25/04/2017 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.

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