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  2. PeterS
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    Improving clay

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  3. JWK
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    Do you know your soil type?

    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure...
    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure added over the years. Warm, sunny walled garden not far from the coast. Can grow wide range of...
    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure added over the years. Warm, sunny walled garden...
    Good deep sandy loam around 7 on the PH scale here. Front garden is very draining; back garden has better soil and holds moisture pretty well because of the huge amounts of compost and manure...
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  4. HarryS
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    Know Your Weeds

    This is great thanks very much. Often wondered what the weeds in my garden were
    This is great thanks very much. Often wondered what the weeds in my garden were
    This is great thanks very much. Often wondered what the weeds in my garden were
    This is great thanks very much. Often wondered what the weeds in my garden were
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  5. Marley Farley
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    FUCHSIAS 2019

    depends how frost hardy they are plus check for vine weevil now. If they show green shoots you will need to dig them up & replant them in fresh compost , I think they run out of vigour 2nd year...
    depends how frost hardy they are plus check for vine weevil now. If they show green shoots you will need to dig them up & replant them in fresh compost , I think they run out of vigour 2nd year growing in pots and hanging baskets and you are best taking cuttings and starting afresh ...Spruce
    depends how frost hardy they are plus check for vine weevil now. If they show green shoots you will need to dig them up & replant them in fresh compost , I think they run out of vigour 2nd year growing in pots and hanging baskets and you are best...
    depends how frost hardy they are plus check for vine weevil now. If they show green shoots you will need to dig them up & replant them in fresh compost , I think they run out of vigour 2nd year...
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  6. Marley Farley
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    DAY LILY.. (HEMEROCALLIS) FAMILY 2019

    Lovely Spruce.....I had tired of hemerocallis having grown quite a few, just a couple now, but you have some beauties there to make me have a rethink :)
    Lovely Spruce.....I had tired of hemerocallis having grown quite a few, just a couple now, but you have some beauties there to make me have a rethink :)
    Lovely Spruce.....I had tired of hemerocallis having grown quite a few, just a couple now, but you have some beauties there to make me have a rethink :)
    Lovely Spruce.....I had tired of hemerocallis having grown quite a few, just a couple now, but you have some beauties there to make me have a rethink :)
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  7. Marley Farley
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    GARDENING ASPIRATIONS FOR 2019..

    Ivy grows really well here too shiney, good job I love it :) @luciusmaximus, the entire border, length wise is damson and elderberries and at the bottom is a sycamore and hawthorn, as well as the...
    Ivy grows really well here too shiney, good job I love it :) @luciusmaximus, the entire border, length wise is damson and elderberries and at the bottom is a sycamore and hawthorn, as well as the biggest conifer I've ever seen in the neighbouring property. So it's really shaded already. I want it...
    Ivy grows really well here too shiney, good job I love it :) @luciusmaximus, the entire border, length wise is damson and elderberries and at the bottom is a sycamore and hawthorn, as well as the biggest conifer I've ever seen in the neighbouring...
    Ivy grows really well here too shiney, good job I love it :) @luciusmaximus, the entire border, length wise is damson and elderberries and at the bottom is a sycamore and hawthorn, as well as the...
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  8. Marley Farley
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    SWEET PEAS 2019

    I sown my seeds three weeks ago now look at them
    I sown my seeds three weeks ago now look at them
    I sown my seeds three weeks ago now look at them
    I sown my seeds three weeks ago now look at them
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  9. Fat Controller
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    Sheds

    I thought you might like to see this @Fat Controller. :)I was talking to my neighbour yesterday who's shed below is right on my boundary as he used to own my plot. He wants to do some minor...
    I thought you might like to see this @Fat Controller. :)I was talking to my neighbour yesterday who's shed below is right on my boundary as he used to own my plot. He wants to do some minor repairs and give it a coat of preservative soon. Although the roof has been replaced at some point the...
    I thought you might like to see this @Fat Controller. :)I was talking to my neighbour yesterday who's shed below is right on my boundary as he used to own my plot. He wants to do some minor repairs and give it a coat of preservative soon....
    I thought you might like to see this @Fat Controller. :)I was talking to my neighbour yesterday who's shed below is right on my boundary as he used to own my plot. He wants to do some minor...
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  10. HarryS
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    Dahlia Tuber Planting ?

    3 of the same variety for me Woo. I like groups of one colour, type, etc. Should look good:)
    3 of the same variety for me Woo. I like groups of one colour, type, etc. Should look good:)
    3 of the same variety for me Woo. I like groups of one colour, type, etc. Should look good:)
    3 of the same variety for me Woo. I like groups of one colour, type, etc. Should look good:)
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  11. lowrider69
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    SOWING SEEDS 2019?

    I recycle/use the ones from KFC & McDonalds..........good excuse to eat a Burger perhaps.
    I recycle/use the ones from KFC & McDonalds..........good excuse to eat a Burger perhaps.
    I recycle/use the ones from KFC & McDonalds..........good excuse to eat a Burger perhaps.
    I recycle/use the ones from KFC & McDonalds..........good excuse to eat a Burger perhaps.
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  12. Marley Farley
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    THE IRIDACEAE (IRIS) FAMILY 2019

    Gladiolus carneus Pink form
    Gladiolus carneus Pink form
    Gladiolus carneus Pink form
    Gladiolus carneus Pink form
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  13. shiney
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    Show Us Your Recent Purchases 2019

    I bought this hebe from Morrison's for £1.25.G.
    I bought this hebe from Morrison's for £1.25.G.
    I bought this hebe from Morrison's for £1.25.G.
    I bought this hebe from Morrison's for £1.25.G.
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  14. Marley Farley
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    HANGING BASKETS, WINDOW BOXES AND PLANTERS 2019.

    Hope this is the right place for some hanging basket tips (if not, where is?). 2 years ago I had a nice cone basket made up before my very eyes by one of the staff at Dobbies. I watched & listened...
    Hope this is the right place for some hanging basket tips (if not, where is?). 2 years ago I had a nice cone basket made up before my very eyes by one of the staff at Dobbies. I watched & listened very carefully as he explained what he was doing, thinking that every Spring I can reuse the basket...
    Hope this is the right place for some hanging basket tips (if not, where is?). 2 years ago I had a nice cone basket made up before my very eyes by one of the staff at Dobbies. I watched & listened very carefully as he explained what he was doing,...
    Hope this is the right place for some hanging basket tips (if not, where is?). 2 years ago I had a nice cone basket made up before my very eyes by one of the staff at Dobbies. I watched & listened...
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  15. Marley Farley
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    WHATS LOOKING GOOD IN MAY 2019

    Hiya GaryI grow a few different Baptisias.....they thrive here in mild climate and warm free draining soil. Thus not plants for cold shady areas.Right.....yes, it dies down in late autumn...
    Hiya GaryI grow a few different Baptisias.....they thrive here in mild climate and warm free draining soil. Thus not plants for cold shady areas.Right.....yes, it dies down in late autumn like most herbaceous do. It has been looking good for 2 weeks or so ...blue buds....and will flower...
    Hiya GaryI grow a few different Baptisias.....they thrive here in mild climate and warm free draining soil. Thus not plants for cold shady areas.Right.....yes, it dies down in late autumn like most herbaceous do. It has been looking good...
    Hiya GaryI grow a few different Baptisias.....they thrive here in mild climate and warm free draining soil. Thus not plants for cold shady areas.Right.....yes, it dies down in late autumn...
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  16. Fat Controller
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    What Jobs Are We Doing In The Garden Today 2019

    Well after doing my reserch, I reckon we'll chop the offending azaleas down to about 6/8 inches ( sorry bad I know but my mind can't cope with cms!) , leaving just a couple of longer branches....
    Well after doing my reserch, I reckon we'll chop the offending azaleas down to about 6/8 inches ( sorry bad I know but my mind can't cope with cms!) , leaving just a couple of longer branches. Close our eyes to how ugly they will look for a couple of years and.....cross our fingers!!!! I know...
    Well after doing my reserch, I reckon we'll chop the offending azaleas down to about 6/8 inches ( sorry bad I know but my mind can't cope with cms!) , leaving just a couple of longer branches. Close our eyes to how ugly they will look for a...
    Well after doing my reserch, I reckon we'll chop the offending azaleas down to about 6/8 inches ( sorry bad I know but my mind can't cope with cms!) , leaving just a couple of longer branches....
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  17. NigelJ
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    SUPER SALVIAS. 2019

    @Purple Streaks I do some of each named varieties I buy the plants for example the Salvia microphylla "Cerro Potosi". Others such as S coccinea, S darcyi and S atrocyanea I grow from seed. Like...
    @Purple Streaks I do some of each named varieties I buy the plants for example the Salvia microphylla "Cerro Potosi". Others such as S coccinea, S darcyi and S atrocyanea I grow from seed. Like other people I also take cuttings to overwinter tender species.
    @Purple Streaks I do some of each named varieties I buy the plants for example the Salvia microphylla "Cerro Potosi". Others such as S coccinea, S darcyi and S atrocyanea I grow from seed. Like other people I also take cuttings to overwinter...
    @Purple Streaks I do some of each named varieties I buy the plants for example the Salvia microphylla "Cerro Potosi". Others such as S coccinea, S darcyi and S atrocyanea I grow from seed. Like...
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  19. Barbara

    Bougainvilla in Conservatory

    The white dusty stuff, was probably mildew it might come back, if so spray with a fungicide. I would wait and cut back in spring, how hard depends on how much space you have. Cut hard and you will...
    The white dusty stuff, was probably mildew it might come back, if so spray with a fungicide. I would wait and cut back in spring, how hard depends on how much space you have. Cut hard and you will probably get fast new growth at the expence of flowers.pete2255
    The white dusty stuff, was probably mildew it might come back, if so spray with a fungicide. I would wait and cut back in spring, how hard depends on how much space you have. Cut hard and you will probably get fast new growth at the expence of...
    The white dusty stuff, was probably mildew it might come back, if so spray with a fungicide. I would wait and cut back in spring, how hard depends on how much space you have. Cut hard and you will...
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  20. MarkO

    Online Dahlias?

    Nice one.
    Nice one.
    Nice one.
    Nice one.
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  21. JackD

    Black Hyacinths

    Ha ha ............Midnight Mystique , I have 3 bulbs on order !!Nathan.
    Ha ha ............Midnight Mystique , I have 3 bulbs on order !!Nathan.
    Ha ha ............Midnight Mystique , I have 3 bulbs on order !!Nathan.
    Ha ha ............Midnight Mystique , I have 3 bulbs on order !!Nathan.
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  22. JAB

    Any suggestions for a "dwarf" hedge ?

    Sorry JAB but I have a correction to make I should have said Euonymus, not Eleagnus.I tend to get them two mixed up.I've looked it up now ,Euonymus Fortunei varietys.
    Sorry JAB but I have a correction to make I should have said Euonymus, not Eleagnus.I tend to get them two mixed up.I've looked it up now ,Euonymus Fortunei varietys.
    Sorry JAB but I have a correction to make I should have said Euonymus, not Eleagnus.I tend to get them two mixed up.I've looked it up now ,Euonymus Fortunei varietys.
    Sorry JAB but I have a correction to make I should have said Euonymus, not Eleagnus.I tend to get them two mixed up.I've looked it up now ,Euonymus Fortunei varietys.
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  23. holly

    hedge prob

    Holly I've found an artical in the R H S journal May 2003. Box blight (cylindrocladium buxicola). Basically it says:- 'brown spots on leaves which fall rapidly, black streaks on small...
    Holly I've found an artical in the R H S journal May 2003. Box blight (cylindrocladium buxicola). Basically it says:- 'brown spots on leaves which fall rapidly, black streaks on small stems. Can survive for more than a year in the soil Fungicide containing penconazole (scotts fungus...
    Holly I've found an artical in the R H S journal May 2003. Box blight (cylindrocladium buxicola). Basically it says:- 'brown spots on leaves which fall rapidly, black streaks on small stems. Can survive for more than a year in the soil ...
    Holly I've found an artical in the R H S journal May 2003. Box blight (cylindrocladium buxicola). Basically it says:- 'brown spots on leaves which fall rapidly, black streaks on small...
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  24. kath57

    Stipa Gigantia

    Thanks for that Pete, will give them the chop, neighbours cat has now decided to use one of the as a looRegards Kathleen
    Thanks for that Pete, will give them the chop, neighbours cat has now decided to use one of the as a looRegards Kathleen
    Thanks for that Pete, will give them the chop, neighbours cat has now decided to use one of the as a looRegards Kathleen
    Thanks for that Pete, will give them the chop, neighbours cat has now decided to use one of the as a looRegards Kathleen
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  25. Pauli

    Geranium

    Geranium endressii and G. x oxonianum families both produce lots of leaves and flowers. Cut them hard back as soon as flowering finishes and you will get a repeat show of flowers later in the...
    Geranium endressii and G. x oxonianum families both produce lots of leaves and flowers. Cut them hard back as soon as flowering finishes and you will get a repeat show of flowers later in the season. It also avoids all the inferior seedlings as they cross hybridise easily. We use a strimmer here...
    Geranium endressii and G. x oxonianum families both produce lots of leaves and flowers. Cut them hard back as soon as flowering finishes and you will get a repeat show of flowers later in the season. It also avoids all the inferior seedlings as...
    Geranium endressii and G. x oxonianum families both produce lots of leaves and flowers. Cut them hard back as soon as flowering finishes and you will get a repeat show of flowers later in the...
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  26. melvin

    magnolia's

    Sounds like M. stellata or similar? Only transplant when dormant (no leaf buds showing). Take as much rootball and soil as you can lift. Dig a planting hole to the same size and add some compost...
    Sounds like M. stellata or similar? Only transplant when dormant (no leaf buds showing). Take as much rootball and soil as you can lift. Dig a planting hole to the same size and add some compost to the fill. Replant and firm soil well (don't allow the plant to rock in the wind. Water well (avoid...
    Sounds like M. stellata or similar? Only transplant when dormant (no leaf buds showing). Take as much rootball and soil as you can lift. Dig a planting hole to the same size and add some compost to the fill. Replant and firm soil well (don't...
    Sounds like M. stellata or similar? Only transplant when dormant (no leaf buds showing). Take as much rootball and soil as you can lift. Dig a planting hole to the same size and add some compost...
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  27. LittleD

    hedges for screen

    Sounds like the conifers are pretty big. If so I would asume it could be a bit difficult to establish a hedge close to the base of these trees. Due to the conifers taking all the moisture and food...
    Sounds like the conifers are pretty big. If so I would asume it could be a bit difficult to establish a hedge close to the base of these trees. Due to the conifers taking all the moisture and food from the soil. If anything can manage it privet can, although the gold leaved one dosen't grow as...
    Sounds like the conifers are pretty big. If so I would asume it could be a bit difficult to establish a hedge close to the base of these trees. Due to the conifers taking all the moisture and food from the soil. If anything can manage it privet...
    Sounds like the conifers are pretty big. If so I would asume it could be a bit difficult to establish a hedge close to the base of these trees. Due to the conifers taking all the moisture and food...
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  28. Steve

    Can you help

    Steve,Cheshire Gardening Club, you could also call on 0161 962 5381. Could be a start.Nathan.
    Steve,Cheshire Gardening Club, you could also call on 0161 962 5381. Could be a start.Nathan.
    Steve,Cheshire Gardening Club, you could also call on 0161 962 5381. Could be a start.Nathan.
    Steve,Cheshire Gardening Club, you could also call on 0161 962 5381. Could be a start.Nathan.
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  29. mike h

    any ideas plse?

    virburnums thrive in clay and dont mind shade, there are also many types with flowers in the winter months
    virburnums thrive in clay and dont mind shade, there are also many types with flowers in the winter months
    virburnums thrive in clay and dont mind shade, there are also many types with flowers in the winter months
    virburnums thrive in clay and dont mind shade, there are also many types with flowers in the winter months
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  30. Glen

    Clay

    I would think that as the garden has been under some kind of cultivation, when you say clay, you mean a clay soil. Which although heavy is not a problem, I also have clay, and if you treat it...
    I would think that as the garden has been under some kind of cultivation, when you say clay, you mean a clay soil. Which although heavy is not a problem, I also have clay, and if you treat it right its O K. Firstly you have to wait till spring until it starts to dry out digging and walking on...
    I would think that as the garden has been under some kind of cultivation, when you say clay, you mean a clay soil. Which although heavy is not a problem, I also have clay, and if you treat it right its O K. Firstly you have to wait till spring...
    I would think that as the garden has been under some kind of cultivation, when you say clay, you mean a clay soil. Which although heavy is not a problem, I also have clay, and if you treat it...
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  31. angie

    North West Facing Garden

    My husband is big on sunbathing and I am big on growing things so this is pretty good news. Thank you.
    My husband is big on sunbathing and I am big on growing things so this is pretty good news. Thank you.
    My husband is big on sunbathing and I am big on growing things so this is pretty good news. Thank you.
    My husband is big on sunbathing and I am big on growing things so this is pretty good news. Thank you.
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  32. Laura

    Delphiniums

    Lets hope it was one sprouting. Any way I would not think a month is an excessive amount of time. especially considering they have been moved around quite a bit. Dont let them get frosted just...
    Lets hope it was one sprouting. Any way I would not think a month is an excessive amount of time. especially considering they have been moved around quite a bit. Dont let them get frosted just incase they are on the move.
    Lets hope it was one sprouting. Any way I would not think a month is an excessive amount of time. especially considering they have been moved around quite a bit. Dont let them get frosted just incase they are on the move.
    Lets hope it was one sprouting. Any way I would not think a month is an excessive amount of time. especially considering they have been moved around quite a bit. Dont let them get frosted just...
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  33. fothers

    clematis plugs

    Lisa build a little frame to it sits in the pot this will help the new growth to be supported and if I was you don't be in a rush to put them out not before the end may, you will find by may they...
    Lisa build a little frame to it sits in the pot this will help the new growth to be supported and if I was you don't be in a rush to put them out not before the end may, you will find by may they will have grown three foot or so. Dave
    Lisa build a little frame to it sits in the pot this will help the new growth to be supported and if I was you don't be in a rush to put them out not before the end may, you will find by may they will have grown three foot or so. Dave
    Lisa build a little frame to it sits in the pot this will help the new growth to be supported and if I was you don't be in a rush to put them out not before the end may, you will find by may they...
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  34. New London Gardener

    Another Cat Question

    I would clean the faeces away, and keep it clear for a while before planting produce in that place. The fluffy substance is probably a bacteria of some kind.Nathan.
    I would clean the faeces away, and keep it clear for a while before planting produce in that place. The fluffy substance is probably a bacteria of some kind.Nathan.
    I would clean the faeces away, and keep it clear for a while before planting produce in that place. The fluffy substance is probably a bacteria of some kind.Nathan.
    I would clean the faeces away, and keep it clear for a while before planting produce in that place. The fluffy substance is probably a bacteria of some kind.Nathan.
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  35. Clive

    Moss

    If you pile it up in a corner somewhere the birds will take a lot of it for nest building in spring.
    If you pile it up in a corner somewhere the birds will take a lot of it for nest building in spring.
    If you pile it up in a corner somewhere the birds will take a lot of it for nest building in spring.
    If you pile it up in a corner somewhere the birds will take a lot of it for nest building in spring.
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  36. Anna

    Concrete

    If you do use gravel make sure it is at least 20mm or cats will use it as a toilet. Save money by buying from a builders merchants rather than a garden centre.
    If you do use gravel make sure it is at least 20mm or cats will use it as a toilet. Save money by buying from a builders merchants rather than a garden centre.
    If you do use gravel make sure it is at least 20mm or cats will use it as a toilet. Save money by buying from a builders merchants rather than a garden centre.
    If you do use gravel make sure it is at least 20mm or cats will use it as a toilet. Save money by buying from a builders merchants rather than a garden centre.
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  37. Rosie

    Dogs

    I think getting rid of your dogs is a bit drastic although I have two myself and the lawn never looks as good as I would like.
    I think getting rid of your dogs is a bit drastic although I have two myself and the lawn never looks as good as I would like.
    I think getting rid of your dogs is a bit drastic although I have two myself and the lawn never looks as good as I would like.
    I think getting rid of your dogs is a bit drastic although I have two myself and the lawn never looks as good as I would like.
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  38. matt

    Ideas for rocks/stones

    I have seen rock sculptures in various places eg country house gardens, chelsea flower show. The rocks/stones have a hole drilled through the middle and are then strung onto a steel rod for...
    I have seen rock sculptures in various places eg country house gardens, chelsea flower show. The rocks/stones have a hole drilled through the middle and are then strung onto a steel rod for support. Don't know how you would do it yourself though as I would imagine you would need some pretty...
    I have seen rock sculptures in various places eg country house gardens, chelsea flower show. The rocks/stones have a hole drilled through the middle and are then strung onto a steel rod for support. Don't know how you would do it yourself though...
    I have seen rock sculptures in various places eg country house gardens, chelsea flower show. The rocks/stones have a hole drilled through the middle and are then strung onto a steel rod for...
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