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Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 12:06

It depends on your budget, I have a hayter harrier 56, and it's done more miles than the average car of similar age. I have had it for 11 years and it's still going strong. It has a split roller at the back so easier for turning it. It has a 21" cut and the whole of the back is the chute into the collection bag. None of this getting blocked and it cuts wet grass and the two of us have often been known to cut grass in the rain. But I know they are about £1k to buy.  When I bought mine I got it cheap, a mere £850. Would never change make, but if harry keeps going as long as I do, well I won't need to change him. The only thing I would prefer is an electric start, but then that's adding more possible problems. 

Favourite tools

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 12:00

I have a 6 4' shed that the walls are covered in hanging things for different jobs. I wouldn't be without any of them. And then in a different workshop i have my mower, rotorvator and all my petrol machines. The one thing I don't need is my stihl lawn edging attachment. I can do the job just as well with my strimmer.

But someone in the garden who knows nothing about gardening or my way of gardening usually ends up with me thinking, "what a tool"   

sowing veg seed in plastic guttering

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 07:53

I have to sow alot in guttering including sweet peas.............. I know don't shout, they need a deep root run, but the mice I have, don't appreciate that. But a lot gets grown in strips. I sow all sorts, Carrots, all climbing beans, lettuces, beetroots, swedes, turnips, kohl rabi, a row of annual flowers for the egde of footpaths or borders. You name it, i've grown it all in guttering. Never had a problem and is easy to scrape out into trench when they have grown a little. 

Pigeon problem

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 07:45

You can net your brassicas not only to keep the pigeons off but also the cabbage whites too and it wion;'t tangle round your hedgehogs either. Go to your local scaffolding company and ask if they have a small length of their debris netting. This you can put over hoops and peg into the soil along the soil.

Weed killer

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 07:39

If they are close to the roses, I would carefully loosen some soil near by and bury them.


Posted: 27/04/2012 at 07:35

Moss tends to indicate poor drainage, so the very least to do after treating it would be to aerate the soil with a fork before preparing to re seed. Or you may well be back to square one again in a couple of years.

cost of entrance to gardening shows

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:36

I am being treated this year to the bbc gw show, a Gift from my son..... But that's the only way I would be able to go. Went to Malvern show in sept a few years ago. It was a coach trip and even then it was £35. pp. I was disappointed at the amount of stalls that really should have been in a country fair.

I hope to buy some plants from b'ham, to see them in the green and ensure they'll cope with my altitude.

I open for the NGS twice a year, plus all the extra small party visits, so sadly I don't get time to visit other gardens...................... I'm too busy keeping on top of my backyard! And with OH's health, looks like I will be caring for his 3 acres as well as my own 2. 


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 09:10

I wish I could get blanket weed on my little pond. I would dry it out and use it for a mulch around plants.

Bird feeders causing weeds?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 07:14

I reused to let the OH put bird feeder in border. It's in the lawn where it can be mowed and strimmed.

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 07:12

I don't know what has happened to named brands of compost. Levingtons seed compost and some brands of john innes no.1 have all had lumps of wood and balls of clay in them. I bought seed compost to save me sieving. Other composts have certain weed seeds in. Godwins at the min, have fat hen and nettles. Clover had nettles and king henry in. I have got so fed up with writing to complain. I think they are just producing the stuff too quickly. But I got really piddled off with westlands, glass and bits of tin, with the results of plasters all over my hands. was the last straw. they did get a letter. 

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