Birdy13


Latest posts by Birdy13

Jet Washers

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 09:27

GillyL wrote (see)

We also have a Karcher,very pleased with it,a word of caution though,OH tried to clean green moss off of old garden bench,it took it off,but also removed the varnish !

 

There are two similar attachments for the Kärcher (both extend the 'gun' bit into a sort of 'rifle') that should not be mixed up:

One of them delivers a very focused jet that will strip paint, varnish etc.

Don't use it to wash your car!

The other spreads the jet more, but is still very powerful and wrongly used could still do damage, but if used at the correct distance will remove dirt, moss etc without taking off the varnish or paint underneath. It is safest used at a glancing angle to sort of 'cut under' the grime rather than hit it full on.

i would imagine butterflybrain that drives and pathways are strong enough to withstand the strong focused jet - varnished wood and car paint are definitely not! 

Hope that helps. 

Begonias begonias

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 20:09

Thanks so much Matty. I'll get out to my containers next opportunity now I know what's needed. 

Begonias begonias

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 17:45

I'm new this year to growing begonias (from tiny plugs) so I may have left this too late. .

Here's a photo of one of them which I dug up after my begonias succumbed to the frost to see if a corm had formed. (That is a corm, isn't it?)


 The top growth has clearly started to rot after standing out in the rain, frost and then rain again. I have 80 -100 of these in tubs doing the same. 

My questions are:

  1. Is it too late to save them for next year? The corm (in this one) looks healthy and feels firm so I thought it must have stored quite a lot of food during its season. 
  2. Should they all be dug up now and brought inside to dry off? 
  3. Or should they be brought inside still in their containers to dry before lifting?

I put two containers in the greenhouse before the frost and the plants in those are 'dying down gracefully' - some still have blooms. I'm wondering how best save all the others outside whose foliage has (only just) started to rot. 

Update on technical issues

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 22:46

Yes SGLily - I also get that same irritating problem when using smileys on this forum.

Daniel - is this something your team could fix please? 

Jet Washers

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 11:19

Mine is a Kärcher - they have an excellent range and sometimes are on offer.

Update on technical issues

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 11:09

Lyn:

This also happens on the iPad I use but instead of putting the keyboard down I simply push the page I'm typing on up until the line I'm typing on is visible above the Keyboard. Can you do that?

(But you are right it is a bit of a nuisance aspect of the otherwise useful on-screen keyboard)

Update on technical issues

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 11:04

Daniel,

Thanks for the supportdetail link. I have sent my details to you from my iPad - my most used device at present.

Should I also complete and return the same form from all of my other computer devices used for Internet/ emails etc eg PC, Laptop and smartphone?

Update on technical issues

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 20:09

Hello Daniel,

Are other people getting notifications of answered PMs and answered posts?

  • I haven't had any notifications for months
  • and in my Settings I'm still not getting any numerical indications of responses to PMs waiting to be read.

Seeds I've collected

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 20:05

Thanks for the info Nut.

Live and learn!  

Hopefully? 

Seeds I've collected

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 14:59

I have some seed collection questions specifically about runner beans:

I planted runner beans plants this year (don't know the variety) and had a very successful harvest; so I would like to grow next year's beans from from the seed of this year's successful plants.

Two or three weeks ago, well after the plants had stopped producing any beans that were good enough to eat, I collected in some of the best looking pods for the seeds for next year's plants.

  1. How early should the pods be removed from the plants? I took some off a month ago and some last week when I took up the finished plants.
  2. When should the beans be removed from the pod? I have taken a few out just to inspect them - they do not yet have a hard, glossy dark 'skin' yet but are still white and tender.
  3. Should they be dried in the pod i.e. until the pod itself goes dry?
  4. Will they dry more effectively to the familiar glossy dark 'skin' outside the pod?
  5. When and how should I plant these for next year? ie in the ground, or started off in pots?

Discussions started by Birdy13

Bishop of Auckland dahlia buds won't open

 
Replies: 17    Views: 554
Last Post: 19/09/2017 at 16:52

Identify chrysalis

 
Replies: 4    Views: 313
Last Post: 31/07/2017 at 09:54

Apple tree pest

Bore holes in my James Grieve eating apple 
Replies: 3    Views: 534
Last Post: 21/06/2016 at 17:28

Apple tree pest

Bore holes in my James Grieve eating apple 
Replies: 0    Views: 332
Last Post: 21/06/2016 at 11:04

Large Fungus I.D. please

 
Replies: 4    Views: 673
Last Post: 19/06/2016 at 22:01

Plante I.D. Please

 
Replies: 6    Views: 638
Last Post: 16/06/2016 at 16:46

Plant identification

Do these two images belong together? 
Replies: 7    Views: 892
Last Post: 11/06/2016 at 17:40

Possible weeds ... And lilies!

Some weed identifications and advice on lilies needed 
Replies: 14    Views: 1112
Last Post: 15/05/2016 at 20:03

Planting out hydrangeas

Why is my Hydrangea Hortensia not thriving? 
Replies: 12    Views: 1845
Last Post: 18/06/2015 at 13:51

What is this plant please?

ID needed for plant I saved... 
Replies: 2    Views: 668
Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 21:56

Plant Identification please

Proliferating bulbs  
Replies: 29    Views: 2340
Last Post: 23/03/2015 at 07:57

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Just another plant ID request please. 
Replies: 11    Views: 1493
Last Post: 17/12/2014 at 22:00

Do Bramleys get bitter pit?

What is this condition that has affected my Bramley apples this year? 
Replies: 5    Views: 1375
Last Post: 20/11/2014 at 14:45

Weed or flower?

Plant identification please and advice on planting under an apple tree. 
Replies: 20    Views: 2141
Last Post: 14/11/2014 at 11:07

Cotoneaster, ferns and Cotswold stone

Effect on plants of the limestone 'mulch 
Replies: 7    Views: 1189
Last Post: 31/10/2014 at 20:47
1 to 15 of 24 threads