Latest posts by BrummieBen

Back after a long slog

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 22:14

Sorry I had to bale for a while, loads and loads (and work) going on, just want everyone to know I haven't left, I'm still here!!! (honest!) Hopefully get some pics up in next few days of what I have managed in the last few weeks.. Spring finally sprung? Hope so, could do with Summer rolling out pronto! Take care.

What has happened???

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 22:11

Been away for some time, maybe after stirring the churn, the forum is without the 'crowd'. I didn't get an invite, not that I'd be interested, wish them luck, quite happy here, sad to hear that people had pm's, a wee bit pathetic tbh but meh, what can you do?

Anyways, glad lots have stopped here, I know I will

Taking up turf by hand

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 20:38

I have just removed maybe 8x 5m (24x15') of turf, all by hand, I also have the worst soil possible, clay with about 40% of every shovel full as pebbles/stone. Reason I did it by hand was I figured the turf cutter would probably be damaged and I'd get charged. I used a spade, a border spade at that! I can't actually sink a border fork into my soil more than a few inches! I wasn't planning on using the turves for anything other than loam, but, your soil 'should' be better than mine. All you need to do is use the spade to cut into the turf a few inches deep, and then cut across every spade size on the turf. Then get down and take up the top 3 inches, roll it up and lay where you want it. As I was actually planning on growing veg on the lawn site, I actually dug over the area with a fork and removed all the grass roots/ pests, and then raked then trod it down, then raked again to get the level. After a few weeks (due to the weather) I have re dug the few pockets of grass/docks growing through and removed them. Again raked and trod down. Using a rotivator might seem like a good idea, but if you have dandylions/docks/couch grass, you are just storing up a massive headache for the future. G luck.


Posted: 31/03/2013 at 06:42

Happy Easter folks! Nice and cold here, my clematis shoots were hammered, but the tulips are keeping the faith! Seeds to plant, not a cloud in the sky at the min, so should be a nice morning to look forward too.

So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 02:01

We do want to be happy Bunny. We're doing our best.

I suppose it's possible that the awful miserable weather outside is influenced, in some supernatural way, by what's going on here. Perhaps by sympathetic magic.

Or are we miserable and grumpy because of the weather - would we be here, squabbling like this, if it was a lovely day outside?

interesting we can't quote this, has the troll been banned?  Rest my case, a bad person throwing rubbish at people who don't deserve it.

anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 01:45

now, now derek... eee of little faith

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 00:36

marestail equals heavy duty weed matting, not the pound shop type.. You will need like no light for 2 maybe 3 years to get rid of it.. sorry but marestail is worse than bind weed in that respect.. personally I'd weed mat then everytime it rose it's head I'd paint it with double strength glyphosphate.. just my own routine mind

anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 00:13

don't be rude!!!


Posted: 23/03/2013 at 00:12
Brumball wrote (see)

I was born in Birmingham but have been lucky enough to move down to the far west of Cornwall, I am a huge Villa fan and it has been a tough season for me. 


This will be reported, this is NOT BrumBull, this is a troll, someone who gets their kicks from being dull generally. Brumbull lives in Brum, I know because he's going to visit me, quite why they haven't removed this user I don't know, because they are obviously a troll. However, now that's clear, nice to understand where you guys are from. Oh, by the way, I've never met BrumBull, and don't know him from anywhere else. Daniel can verify this from our private messages. But, glad I know him and will be inviting him around!

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anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

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So lyon, change your name back to Gary, wondering why?

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