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thank you

16 May 2010 12:01:34

Many thanks to all who sent ideas for vacant pot...it just may require another visit to the Garden Centre!  Speaking of which, why don't they make cars/jeeps big enough to accommodate trees?  Just as well the last tree I bought was a "weeping" cherry, it had to be squished in the back of the jeep (yes I know it's not eco friendly but have you seen the size of the pot holes up here??)

 Love looking at everyone's garden photos.  Will have a go at uploading some of my own - when I figure out how - took lots of images and then camera 'died' when hooked up to pc - it could only happen to me!! 

The slugs seem to be staying away from the cabbage etc, the egg shells are working! I'm trying to garden as naturally as possible, would hate to harm any of the great bird life around here with poisoned slugs. Hopefully netting will keep butterflies away otherwise their offspring will become prey for the hens....

 

MartinB MartinB 16 May 2010 13:17:39

Hope that the pot holes are not the spreading kind, we don't want them down here :-)  As to pictures I struggled at first and almost gave up, but it is so easy when you know. After typing your journal entry scroll down and click on browse, this should take you into your pictures, double click on the pic that you want and click on publish it. If you already know this then my apols for being a bore. Take care.

suggestions

15 May 2010 11:58:19

Anyone out there have any ideas on what I could plant in a large pot which has become vacant (due to the death of an Olive tree).  I'm thinking along the evergreen fir line but any I've seen seem to be either dwarf or 10mtrs high!  Is there anything in between?? (which would survive a Donegal winter)!

 

MartinB MartinB 15 May 2010 13:49:21

A yellow stemed bamboo, perhaphs Phyllostachys bambusoides Castillonii. When mature you coulld let only five stems remain and cut off the side shoots to three or four feet above the ground. Good luck :-)

fran m fran m 15 May 2010 15:42:36

Bamboos are growing on me of late. Think Martin's idea is worth thinking about for sure.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 May 2010 19:20:34

If you saw the bamboos growing in Martins garden, you would understand why he would recommend one. That would be beautiful.

weather!

06 May 2010 15:35:53
When is this weather going to improve?  It's so hard to get anything done in the garden.  I bought some fruit bushes last week and still haven't planted them.  The slugs are out in force, eggshells keeping some at bay but think I'll go the beer in saucer route - at least they'll have a pleasant death - hic!!  The lawn is growing at a rate of knots and is too wet to cut - it will shortly be in the back door if I can't get to it.  Lots of frogs about but  not near my pond.  For some reason they like the back garden and I've had to rescue several from the hens (they have cosmopolitan tastes) Ah well, at least I have time for the ironing - can't believe I said that!
fran m fran m 06 May 2010 16:02:49

A question lots of us are asking.

Good news.

27 April 2010 10:42:55
There is something wrong.  Now I know that doesn't sound like good news but... I haven't been bitten by the dreaded midges yet.  Usually, I am tormented by them the minute I venture out into the garden.  Yesterday, I checked on my veg - all the brassicas are doing well.  I've managed to keep slugs at bay by using crushed egg shells, courtesy of my four hens.  Salad veg should be showing their heads shortly.  I was late planting due to that frost 2 weeks ago.  Also, planted two trees, a weeping cherry - to provide shade for the hens - spoiled huh!!  A Conference Pear tree was next, it's in flower and looks healthy..we'll see.   Suppost I'd better touch wood before gardening today.....
unagrant unagrant 27 April 2010 15:48:30

Welcome to garden.ie.  It's funny you should mention the midges they were out in force in my garden last night.  We all said the rain must be coming and now we have rain today.  Happy gardening

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 April 2010 18:11:39

Welcome to Garden.ie Daniel.

And talking about midges, I have noticed their evening activities during the last 2 weeks. Unusual to have them so early in the year.

fran m fran m 27 April 2010 20:00:46

Welcome to the site, hope you enjoy.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 27 April 2010 20:45:26

Midges out here in force on Monday evening, hope you enjoy the site we all have been bitten by that bug.

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