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Latest posts by Birdy13

Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 11:47

I have a little hardwood table that's been left out all winters - it is probably teak because it seems to have suffered little apart from a bit of green mould And one slight crack (see below*)

My only concern is that because the table legs are in constant contact with the ground during all the wet weather they are more likely to suck up water by capillary action through the end grain of the wood and can retain water longer standing on the wet ground - not good if followed by frost.

*Since noticing a bit of a crack in one of the legs which I put down to frost damage, I now like to try and 'perch' the legs on 4 round pebbles during Winter which gives them a chance to drain / dry out after each soaking. Fussy, I know, but it seems to work. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 22:29

Waterbutts: I did exactly the same thing a month or so ago when I installed new butt for the front of the house. It started to overflow even though I followed the instructions nd measured very carefully.

Eventually worked out I had probably measured a little too closely (to maximise the volume of water collected before the diverter sent the excess down the drainpipe) and also not allowed for really heavy rainfall. 

I bit the bullet and just cut another centimetre off the lower section of the downpipe and reattached the diverter. Amazed myself how quick it was to do.

Assuming your diverter has the the same type of design, the only thing to watch for is to make sure the upper section of downpipe is still long enough to reconnect to the guttering because that is the bit that will drop a centimeter lower when you reconnect the diverter (attached to its bottom end) to the lower section of pipe that goes into the drain/ground.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 22:04

Blessèd rain most of the afternoon, with occasional gaps. 

Watered this morning - that must be what did it!

Haven't checked my waterbuts either, Waterbutts, but did you know you can install a diverter in the down pipe that doesn't need checking. You've just got to get the diverter outlet from the downpipe a bit lower than the top of the waterbut and physics does the rest! (It's zee old syphonage ploy, ennit? But you probably knew all that!) 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 21:50

Evening Panda! Haven't been on this thread recently but just picked up a few of your last posts.

Also noticed your photo of Heleniums - they look nice and healthy and bright.

Are they grown from seed? I'm wondering the best way of getting some ready for next year. I think they could create a lovely splash of colour in some of my bare patches which I've been a bit tentative about filling this year where I'm rather finding my feet with managing a garden on my own for the first time.

Glad to hear you have felt better today - I'm now retired but still vividly remember the relief of Friday evenings.



How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 18:16

My Bramleys seem to have more codling moth in them  this year and the Victoria Plum seem to have more plum moth.

What is worrying is that I hung up pheromone traps for the two respective fruit moths on the relevant trees and I'm wondering whether the pheromone has attracted more moths than I otherwise would have got!

Or are there just more of those moths around this year?


How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 13:35
waterbutts wrote (see)

Yes, cut off shrivelled bits and burn them (bits on the tree, that is). 



I cant stay logged in

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 17:22

Heather Michaels said:

I'll be happily typing away and then the cursor will suddenly jump off somewhere and either type in the middle of what i've already written 5 lines up, or it'll take me off to another page altogether.

Heather, are you using an iPad? I find this sort of thing can happen even if I only slightly brush the touch sensitive screen. 

How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 00:10

Not an expert 4thPanda, but I think we're at the right time of year for summer pruning anyway (see buttons for 'How to' and 'what to daddress at top of page).

I hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong but I imagine removing growth using recommended summer pruning techniques will get rid of a lot of damaged material and then go round again taking off any diseased leaves that haven't been pruned off  - they're never going to be anything but trouble.

How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 23:38

Sorry Waterbutts - whose apple are you identifying as a Bramley? Eh? EH?

(sorry again, was I shouting?)

How to care for old apple tree

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 21:31

It's a question of knowing how to pose the subject to optimise the visual effect... 

I only show off my best ones, Waterbutts.

I could've  shown you the manky old windfalls but that wouldn't have done it for you, would it? 

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