Wildlife & Gardens

Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by Sting, May 7, 2019.

  1. BFB added a month ago.
    Time to take the weed cover fabric off the asparagus yet ?
     
  2. Has anyone got artificial grass in their garden? If so are you pleased with it , or do you regret using it?

    I would really appreciate your feedback, as I am considering it for my front garden, therefore it is more for appearance than general use, like kids playing on it etc. Furthermore, is it easy to maintain and does rainwater tend to puddle on it or does drain away OK?

    Thanks guys.
     
  3. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Dunno - it's been a very warm winter - have a look to see if anything's sprouting?
     
  4. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Couldn’t see anything on my allotment last weekend... :(

    Rhubarb doing nicely, though.
     
  5. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    The forced one of mine's struggling but the other plant, left alone exposed to the elements is thriving...

    TBF it is a Siberian plant which I *think* is the dictionary definition of "hardy".
     
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  6. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    I wouldn't remove any frost cover just yet.
     
  7. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    It looks **** no matter how expensive it is or how well laid.

    I gave up on the grass at the front of Meister manner and split it into 3 sections of different coloured state, with the odd evergreen bush and a coupel of pots on.
    Cheap and if you put some decent anti weed membrane down only requires a quick buzz round with some weedkiller every month or so. It;s also porus so good for rainfall runoff.

    I would use slate chippings rather than stone chippings and the cats and foxes like that less for shitting on.
     

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  8. Thanks for the tip HM :)
     
  9. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Don't use weed killer for goodness sake - it's bad for the environment and possibly carcinogenic.
     
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  10. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Spot application only.
     
  11. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Even so... why not just pull the weeds out? The exercise is good for you.
     
  12. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Not in the “garden” category, but can anyone with greener fingers than me give me some tips on the best way to look after an orchid? For the first time ever, I have managed to keep one that was gifted to me alive. I’m watering it a little once a week. It is growing and forming new buds, but the buds are then dying before managing to flower. Any idea what I’m doing wrong that’s meaning the buds die before growing?
     
  13. I have half a dozen. Typically they like a lot of daylight but not direct sunlight so a windowsill on the darker side of the house is best. They typically don't like draughts and like their leaves to be sprayed with mist every few days for extra humidity. There's a product called myst that I use. As close to a humid, rainforest as you can get. Don't overwater the specialist orchid compost you presumably have they growing in. Don't cut off any roots that grow above the compost.
     
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  14. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Because they grow back. Kill, wait a couple of days for the root to die then pull out.
     
  15. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    They don't if you do it properly!

    Might be a problem with Japanese knotweed, admittedly...
     
  16. Moose

    Moose First Team Captain

    I’ve been having problems with difficult weeds recently. Can anyone suggest anything?

     
  17. Nothing that a bit of ground cover fabric and bark mulch can't overcome.
     
  18. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Worrying. The mess that was once a front garden opposite my folks house has got one of those in it.
     
  19. As we have a lot more time for gazing out of the windows, has anybody noticed a resurgence in hedge/house sparrows/dunnocks? No jokes about tea cakes / caramel wafers please.
     
  20. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    We had a pair of dunnocks this morning, which is very unusual for us - we just sometimes get the odd one.
     
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  21. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    We have quite a few sparrows,tree and house.
    After a month of being quite restrained all the birds are going potty for the fat balls.
    Avian equivalent to lavatory rolls?
    Perhaps they want them for the 'lavatory roll challenge'?!
     
  22. Stupid t i t s.
     
  23. hornmeister

    hornmeister Administrator Staff Member

    Spent a good 4 or hours in the garden this weekend.
    Scarified & mowed the grass went through all the dead pots, weeded and sorted out my seeds for this year.
    It was gloriously warm in the sun and out of the wind.
     
  24. 0CF131D0-6C3D-4D50-8E0D-2C3C995D6CB8.jpeg Not sure why this photo has rotated 90 degrees but there has been a stirring in the garden....
     
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  25. .....first asparagus spear of the year from the 20 crowns I planted last year. Sod the virus, this is a major event in our household.
     
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