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Posted: 24/09/2015 at 10:00
8 metres is over 25 feet, do you really want something so high? What are you trying to hide? A row of conifers of that height will be difficult to manage. Evergreens are pretty depressing with their never-changing greenery.

A few well-chosen shrubs or smaller trees will probably be more effective, and certainly more attractive.

What do I do with my turf??

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 11:12
Pile it up grass side down. Build a neat pile, bricklayer style and cover it so it doesn't get washed away and just leave it to rot down. You will end up with nice humus-rich soil.

Pickled Runner Bean Recipe

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 23:49
There is a pickled runner bean recipe on Google. Seems to be like the Gardeners World one. One observation I have is that they cook the beans for longer than necessary on Gardeners World.

Neighboring horses eating my garden - advise please

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 16:50
If the owner of the horses refuses to give you the name of their insurer, get hold of your insurer and they will find out immediately. And they will write official letters.

In my experience the Small Claims Court is fine if the person you are suing pays up, but if you get involved with bailiffs it can actually work out long-winded.

To that end make a comprehensive list of the shrubs you have lost (at full retail price), and when you replant keep them a good distance from the fence.

I know it's the land owner's responsibility to fence their property, but life is not always so simple, and animals can be very persistent and lean on a protective wire to reach tender growth.

giant marrow seed

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 16:22
I would advise letting the marrow go beyond what you would actually eat. Grow until the skin is hard or even rotting away. The seeds must be fully mature before you harvest them.

Neighboring horses eating my garden - advise please

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 15:49
Simple, ask for the name of their insurer and put in a claim. They are obliged to give it to you if there has been damage.

I doubt the police will be interested.

This winter

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 15:46
Just remembered there were loads of berries on the trees last winter. In fact there were so many the migratory birds which rely on them had no need to come this far South as there were enough further North. The winter was mild and wet.

For what it's worth, the weather this Summer will determine what the blossom and berries will be like next year. Look at hazel trees, for example, the tiny catkins were formed month's ago.

This winter

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 15:20
Nutcutlet I was going to post the same thing. How does anybody think berries mean anything but what has gone before. The blossoms - and berries - have been phenomenal this year. The weather must have suited the plants last year.

Even quite intelligent people say the British people voted for a Coalition Government in 2010. How?

By the way, the winter is going to be hard. Well I hope so. Cold is better than continually wet.

Pyracantha Growing Conditions

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 10:32
Keep the pyracantha well away from your front door. If you get a thorn in your hand it will go bad. Wear thick gloves when you prune it. They are pretty vigorous, but well worth growing.

Do a bit of research because the berries come in various colours. Choose one you like. Yellow, red, orange.


Posted: 20/09/2015 at 23:55
What is your reasoning for cutting the tops off? I think we have to just put this down as a bad year for some; me included. Last year I had so many I could hardly keep up with them!

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