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Rolling Lawn Aerator

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:45

If you think of how you use a garden fork,  you need weight to push those points into the soil - a machine as small as that can never have as much weight as you yourself can apply. I would hire a properly designed tool or, as Billy Goat says, just use the fork.

Easy to grow/maintain purple and pink flowers

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:38

Not sure which type these are, Matt. But they come back every year without any help or care from me.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/67885.jpg?width=299&height=350&mode=max

 

Guitar Strings as Plant Ties

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 22:29

You could hang pictures with the thick bass strings.

The thinner single filament metal electric guitar strings could possibly be used to cut cheese (I prefer a knife though) whereas nylon (classical guitar) strings would be suitable to hang up small gardening tools.

I'm a bit of a recycler too and recently found in my office/studio a box of old guitar strings kept from about thirty years ago! I think I eventually gritted my teeth and scopped them out - felt virtuous for hours after that bit of ruthless decluttering. Now I've just got to deal with the rest of the room! Why did you remind me, Sue?

HELP!!!

Pear disaster

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:17

Just noticed you said they are mature trees. failed pollination does sound more likely - do you get plenty of bees around your garden? If not, try attracting some by planting brightly coloured flowers and shrubs like lavender.

Pear disaster

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 20:11

I'm not an expert but do have a 4-6 year old conference pear which has been doing well for the last 2 years. For the first 2-4 years the few flowers I did get never developed.

A short checklist of care which worked for me would include things like:

  1. Water generously
  2. Feed the roots periodically
  3. Spray against pests
  4. Judiciously prune when you have to (eg cutting out crossing or damaged branches)

I'm still working out just how much of No 4 and if if at all on my conference: I've heard pears shouldn't be pruned very often but I want to keep mine at a manageable height. 

Any ideas of what to do with this garden?

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 12:28

Re your water not draining, Michael, is it possible that a previous owner may have misguidedly laid down some sort of membrane under the soil level?

This  only occurred to me because many years ago we had some friends who started a market garden on about 3 acres of land they had acquired.

Once they started digging down to prepare the ground for planting, they discovered  a huge proportion of this land had been covered with sheet after sheet of builders polythene. They never found out why.

water butt tap not working

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 01:36

Last bit of advice

If your waterbutt won't give you water
To help you, our forum,won't falter.
Don't get in a flap
With that troublesome tap
Let's check out what else you might alter.

Assuming you're not very bright
(And I know this may seem somewhat trite)
But it adds to your chores
If your butt's kept indoors;
So make sure that you choose the right site.

Now most of the experts have found
That the top shouldn't be on the ground!
Coz you'd soon start to shout
When the water falls out
This advice, you'll agree, seems quite sound?

If your ego is too big to swallow,
Then this next bit might seem hard to follow:
(Forgetting your pride)
Has it got an inside?
Have you checked that your waterbutt's hollow?

There is one last thing you need to know
If you want your butt water to flow:
If the tap's at the the top
Then the water will stop
So be sure that you fix it down low.

Once you've checked it all for the last time,
Violence would not be too much of a crime:
You could stop being 'chicken'
Just give it that kickin'!
Coz I'm not writing any more rhyme!

water butt tap not working

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 01:29

Being re-edited

water butt tap not working

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 22:51

You got all that, Naki?

Isn't this forum a wonderful place? No end of fun we can have with even the minimum of material..

Hope you get your butt working  soon coz there's no knowing where they'll go with it otherwise! 

water butt tap not working

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 10:33

Yes, definitely fill the pipe from the (kitchen) tap.

And yes, thorough does get a bit long, Welshonion. Just trying to help those who might not have syphoned before or realised the risks of ingesting butt water. 

Your explanation is so much better than mine, Welshonion - and best of luck with the sucking! 

Discussions started by Birdy13

Planting out hydrangeas

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

What is this plant please?

ID needed for plant I saved... 
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Plant Identification please

Proliferating bulbs  
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Last Post: 23/03/2015 at 07:57

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Just another plant ID request please. 
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Do Bramleys get bitter pit?

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

Weed or flower?

Plant identification please and advice on planting under an apple tree. 
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Cotoneaster, ferns and Cotswold stone

Effect on plants of the limestone 'mulch 
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Last Post: 31/10/2014 at 20:47

Is it too late to cut back lavender?

Pruning lavender 
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Last Post: 08/10/2014 at 20:03

Service 503 Unavailable

Can't post photos 
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Propagating Stephanotis

Can I take cuttings from my Stephanotis house plant? 
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Last Post: 27/09/2014 at 21:39

Advice needed on Strawberry leaf disease

Appearance of what looks like rust on newly planted strawberries 
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Last Post: 02/06/2014 at 22:08

Dianthus reborn?

ID needed for unexpected trough contents 
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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:29

Fern flourished through mild winter.

What should I do about fern whose foliage has not died down as normal? 
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Last Post: 02/03/2014 at 22:35

The Bully and the Policeman

Garden pests (human - but only just!) 
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Last Post: 14/10/2013 at 20:54

Can't find toolbars, icons or post photo?

Absence of necessary Toolbars 
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Last Post: 25/07/2013 at 20:47
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