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27 Sep 2017 19:05
I have an unusual problem this year with my beetroot, there have grown lovely and are ready to be lifted. My issue is I am having my house renovated and I have no kitchen for possible 6 weeks, so pickling them wont happen until mid November.
Will they be ok to leave in the ground till then?
21 Jul 2017 19:47
Honda all the way, bomb proof engine.
28 Jul 2015 23:11
If you get the right mix and keep it damp you should get to 65 degrees centigrade In an home made wooden composter bin. Plus it's easier to get into and turn/empty.
The base may be sealed, but I think the vermin would still be lurking about because or the smell. So I would only put food waste in the wheelie bin.
05 Jul 2015 20:41
Was it tipped over at any point? This will cause it to smoke really bad
check the oil on the level and if it's ok just keep running it and it will eventully run ok
25 Jun 2015 23:03
Yes they will compost fine.
As always keep it moist, with a good mixture of green/brown and turn it everytime it cools down
16 Jun 2015 22:15
14 Jun 2015 22:10
I would say grass is one of the best things for hot composting.
The secret is start with a layer of brown twiggy material on the bottom and spray it with water. Then add a layer about 4" of grass again make sure it's damp and then another layer of browns, paper shreddings etc. Again sprinkle with water and layer up to get about 1m x1m x 1m high.
At this point I cover it up with an old piece of wet carpet. If youve got the mix right it will be around 60 degrees within 24hours at the core. When you take the carpet off it steams. Monitor the temperature and turn the heap when the temperature drops to around 40 degrees. You will notice it's a lot dryer. Build 4" layers again and spray with water to keep it moist, but not soaking and when the heat doesn't build up anymore it's ready. I put it in a standard heap to cure and use it when I need it next, usually when I'm clearing my veg patch or re mulching flower beds.
A good accelerant to get the heap hotter is fresh horse muck or pee in an old watering can and sprinkle that in the layers as you build it.
10 Jun 2015 20:11
Try getting hold of a weedkiller called "Kurtail". Its expensive but it will clear your problem
08 Jun 2015 04:14
I would go with a petrol shredder and an advert on gumtree/ free cycle or ebay for free wood for a stove.
I took down about 25 metres of conifer hedging for and elderly neighbour and got over 3 months of wood for free and loads of free chipping to mix with my grass cuttings for composting. I used an Eliet Major shredder which took the waste without clogging up that often. It took a few days but it was worth it
03 Jun 2015 18:20
I use a Sheen paraffin burner which is heavy of fuel and the back! You need to run over the fresh weeds then leave for a few days till they go yellow and repeat the process. They do kill dandelions ground elder etc, but as soon and you rotovate the soil you chop the roots and the battle starts again. You are better of using chemical weedkiller.
I have found the best results using mine is on an overgrown allotment. Give it the "Agent Orange" treatment then leave for a couple of weeks then attack it with the flame gun, but keep a watering can handy. I have the heat shield which is meant to protect adjacent plants, but the heat ferocious so there is some damage. I had planned to use it to keep the rows clear from weeds in my veg plot, but you'd need 2 feet between each row.
One positive is that its great for clearing ice and snow from the path!
03 Jun 2015 18:03
Agree with Edd. Did you run it dry before it was stored for the winter? Carb may require an ultrasonic cleaning to remove corrosion with is caused be the stale petrol
31 May 2015 21:40
Could agree more with Verdun. One thing I would say is to get the best from you lawn is the right mower and that's a cylinder. Keep the blades sharp and mow regularly and you can never aerate it too much.
26 May 2015 23:37
Your missing an amazing resource which is free. The wonderful Gardeners World website!! Post a description of the size, layout, aspect etc.. then add some pictures and describe what type of plants or colours you like. Do you want minimal maintenance or do you want to get more involved?
Youll be bre surprised at the knowledge base on here.
It's worth a punt as it will cost you nothing
26 May 2015 23:29
Try the the Stihl range With the Autocut head
08 May 2015 22:24
On what your looking for it to do I would say go for a Honda self propelled rotary.
Its very tempting to go for the cheaper option, but in the long run it will be more expensive. Most cheaper end mowers come with cheap Chinese engine which are a nightmare to get parts for and they need to get scrapped prematurely for a simple fault.
Do learn to look after it buy reading the manual, learn how to change the spark plug, air filter, how to change the oil and swapped the blade etc..
The main thing is make sure you drain the fuel if your not using it for a month and only buy fuel when you need it. If the mower is all you've got that runs on petrol, just buy a couple of litres at a time.
Using a good reliable mower makes cutting the grass a real pleasure!!
30 Apr 2015 23:22
Strip first then mow..but keep the swimmer out to check for the missed bits
30 Apr 2015 23:18
I had a similar problem some time ago and it was caused by the fuel gunking up The carb. Try taking the air filter off and scrunching up a plastic bag and holding it over the filter housing. Try to start it and hold the scrunch bag in it till it runs. Failing that it's to the garden machinary centre to get the lots flushed through and cleaned.
The best way to avoid it happen as is mentioned above. Run it dry at the end of the year.
30 Apr 2015 23:13
Haynes do a lawnmower manual which cover most lawnmowers with a fault finding guide which is worth taking a look at
20 Feb 2015 00:16
Try one of these
20 Feb 2015 00:09
They are useless!
if you have a big area it's worth getting someone in to do it as to rent one I think the minimum hire around me is 2 days. Or just take your time with a fork like I do