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Talkback: Frost-proof pots

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 12:45

You can buy frost-proof pots in this country.  Very often hand-made and expensive.

The normal pots that are in every garden centre are usually, but not always, pressed out in a factory in Italy and are not frost-proof.  They are not very robust whether you are in Hampshire or Orkney.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 23:51

I think Joyce will find her road is adopted, just that it is not on the road sweeping route.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 16:22

If you will find good soil under the Tarmac, I would remove it.  We have half an acre so we can afford to leave the old playground as Tarmac.  As it is surrounded by old railings we can leave it as a separate area for sitting out, the greenhouse and raised beds.

It all depends what will suit your garden.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 14:08

I would dig a trial hole and see what's underneath.

I live in a converted school and our raised beds, for mainly vegetables, are on the Tarmac because having dug a trial hole we found nasty hardcore laid straight on clay and we reasoned the expense of digging it up and disposing of the spoil was just too much. 

The raised beds are a sucess but they do dry out quite quickly.  But the best thing is having a really good surface to walk on to work from, between the beds.


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 00:09

That is the crux of the thing.  Who looks after the repairs to the road and pavement, if required?  If the Council, then the road has been adopted.

I would be interested to know if most people on this board have their roads swept, especially if they live in a cul-de-sac  Living in the country, we don't of course, and wouldn't expect it.  Though we have the dreaded grass cutter instead.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 21:37

Anybody in your household drink those little yoghurt drinks?  The containers slip over the top of canes - and they are free!!


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 21:27

In the Spring you may hear them chewing at dry hogweed stalks to get the material to construct their nests.  Every wasp except the queen is killed by the frost, and you may see her when she comes out of hibernation in the spring.  She is much the biggest wasp you will see.

Amazing Nature!!


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 21:21

You must keep them dry or all the fertilizer will leach out over winter.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 21:19

Could you invite your neighbours to tea one weekend and then tactfully ask for help in clearing leaves and hedge clippings?  Point out that an unkempt road will detract from their properties if the place is weedy and untidy.

Councils are not keen to adopt roads now-a-days as it costs them money.  I presume you have to pay for the upkeep of the road and pavements too.


Posted: 24/08/2013 at 13:04

Usually slugs or snails.  Have you put out pellets?  Sweep your hand round the pots, in the holes at the base of the pots, under the bench, you are bound to find them if you search.

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