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Lawnmower care

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 01:23

disassemble working parts, thorough clean, if you have petrol still in tank allow machine to run dry, once cleaned.. you could consider doing oil change before winter storage,  and let machine run the remaining petrol.. you'll still need to check come spring but chances are the oil will be fine, and your engine will have the protection through the winter months..

Leaf blower/vacuum/shredder

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 01:19

Even easier still, live in a city? Then people do all the work for you.. simply stop outside houses with bags of leaves on drive.. knock door and ask if you can take them.. empty out on lawn then use mower over them a few times.. then use garden vac on them simply to pick up the pieces.. only downside is expect a mad amount of worm activity on your lawn.. still that can't be a bad thing eh?

Heating for sheds?

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 00:42

if you have mains.. use what I do, panel heaters.. I have 2 heating 3/4 of my 12 foot x 10 foot greenhouse. Yes I have bubblewrapped the glass and made a 'door' of sorts, coupled with a plugin thermostat, costs pennies a day to run and keeps GH at 7-8 C.

I also have two panel heaters inside my shed, again rigged to a plugin thermostat, keeps my shed.. well workshop, (maybe size of a single car garage!) nice and happy at 18! again pennies a day to run all day.I looked at parafin, infact i got several heaters from older relatives, but for me the condensation was too much, and also they costed out more than the panels..

I love bees but

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 11:32

I had a swarm of a few hundred honey bees arrive in my acer a couple of days ago. Called out the local beekeeper chap and he had them all in a box within an hr or so. Still feel a bit sad for the 50 or so that are still left waiting to die

Feline Invaders.....AKA Cats

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 11:30

Quite how you can train a cat to not do something which is instinctual is rather a difficult task. As people say, there's far more in the world to worry about. I have two cats, I regularly pop round my neighbours, esp the more elderly ones to have a quick check with my scoop. Another solution would be to limit the number of cats, but I prefer some cat poo rather than legions of rats resistant to poison. There is some sort of motion detector thing you attach to a hose for about £40 that sounds the most promising, it starts a sprinkler everytime it is triggered.

Oxygenating sprinklers.

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 20:59

They are 'trying' to increase the amount of oxygen at the root, if you look at hydroponic systems, the main reason the yield is much larger, is purely down to the increased air around the root mass. Whether dissolved oxygen in the water makes a difference is up for debate, if you want to spend the exorbitant on a hose attachment, best off putting it towards a hydroponic system and actually reaping the benefits.

Fruit cages - DIY options?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 07:06

Just a word, what ever you decide on, once the fruit is gone remove the netting for the winter. My neighbour didn't at his allotment, and even with 2 cm netting, the heavy snowfall in one night built up and ripped his cages to bits!!! If you are planning on fruit for the longterm, getting a decent metal setup is the way, if you aren't so sure, using wooden posts and 2x1 inch batton is fine while you decide.

PVC Fencing

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:01

Probably the same price as concrete gravel boards. I think I paid 6 or 7 pound a board. I don't think I'd use plastic ones tbh, they will fade etc and are they really light? Do they bend? Well the answers to all those questions are well known for concrete.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 16:00

Lovely space Nicky, tonnes of work though!! They did enjoy the water just like today, not so keen on the gusting wind which is snapping dahlias and young plants for fun.

Organic Solutions?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 15:39

they are tiny caterpillars, green with a black head, when first hatched they are like less than 1 mm, fully grown maybe 4mm and a head like a black pinhead. They are hard to spot, easiest way is to look at the damage areas, they will be curved like the halfcircle they are planing off, they will all basically be on the leaf edges.

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