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Posted: 02/05/2012 at 19:25

mantis rotillers are very compact and a decent bit of kit but of course you pay for that,sthil also is a reliable name, how much land have you to work and what state is it in.both of these tillers are ok if you have dug the ground

Brussels Sprout- How high do they grow?

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 19:14

sound  sprouts will be ok,afterall you can always nip the shoot out when it gets to required height

Petrol Strimmers

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 21:33

google sthil model fs50 and see what you think around £200 but as previous backyardee says you get what you pay for

Using a stump Grinder

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 21:28

it is possible to hire one,they are like a very large rotovator with a single spinning wheel/blade at the front you lower the blade on to the stump and the rest is history.

you will need to have good acces to the stump and it is rather hard work but they certainley do the job if you can share the hire with a neighbour it would make a lot more financial sense as they hire up here in yorkshire for £100.00 per day "buid your shed round the stump and make it in to a table lol good fun

Plum branches pointing down

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 21:15

if i was you i would remove any broken,crossing or damaged branches and perhaps any that are in your way.Plums do not like to be pruned too heavily so i would plan a short pruning regime over the next few autumns until you have it in a shape you are happy with not every body wants text book plants

What compost mix for poataoes in sacks?

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 18:23

a general all purpose compost will be fine,put about 4 inch in the bottom of your sack and then put your potatoes in.Then cover the potatoes with about 1 inch of compost and water.As the potatoes begin to shoot and the shoots show through the compost add more to cover and then just continue like this until the sack is full to about 2inch from top (this helps hold the compost in when watering.Remember the green shoots are frost suseptable so always keep them covered in compost for the next few weeks Also potatoes are all water so never let the compost dry out   hope this helps oh and dont forget to buy the lurpac when your next at the supermarket.

Brussel Sprout growing

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 18:09

brussel sprouts like all brassicas like alkaline soil conditions try mixing hydrated lime with water and adding to the plants evey couple of weeks also they hate it if they are blown about by wind if necessary stake each plant using a garden cane.The blowing of the sprout is due to sporadic watering try to maintain a damp not wet soil

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