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Petrol mowers

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 22:45

I have a Mountield. I have had it for several years and it goes well. If I were to buy again I think I might pay the extra for either a self propelled one or more likely a push start button because as a 'light weight lady'....I sometimes don't have enough oomph to pull start mine!

Shrub Identification

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 22:30

Could it be a hibiscus?

Another plant ID please.......

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 19:56

I agree with Dovefromabove.

Cucumber or courgette?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 16:53

My courgette and cucumber seedlings have got muddled up and I am blaming the cat! Is there any way of telling the difference? I have planted 3 in the green house and 2 outside to hedge my bets. All have buds on but no flowers yet. Any suggestions?

Tools for gardening club

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 16:06

Oh also meant to say what about your local secondary school. Do they have a garden? You could make enquiries if any of the staff or pupils might like to mentor you and the younger children, swap plants or the like.

Tools for gardening club

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 16:04

Use the school community board or newsletter to help get small pots  and any extra plants, seeds etc recycled to the school. RHS encourage a parent day in October (usually) we got some parents in to put together raised planters and shift compost etc. I'm in greater London - Essex and although I didn't get much response at first I am now known as 'the garden lady' and get reports of who pulled off daffodil heads, pinched strawberries and have a watering team at lunch times.

I am also constantly asked by staff and parents for advice about all manner of gardening concerns....

jasmine not flowering

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 15:56

Agree with the above. What is it growing against if not the pond. How sheltered is it?

privet hedge problem

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:10

Yes. You can prune privet hard and it will recover. Aim for an A shape - wide at the bottom and narrower at the top so the bottom gets more light. After cutting feed it in order to help it recover and put on new growth. Check for birds' nests in the hedge before you start.

jasmine not flowering

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:07

I can't even see buds on mine yet this year. They need to be in a very sheltered warm situation and the weather has not been great (gross understatement) so far this year. How big is the plant/pot. Have you fed the plant ? You say its back is to a koi pond - is this a raised pond and it is growing against it?

Tools for gardening club

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:00

I run a school gardening club. Hand forks and trowels (as Chicky said) are our most used tools. We have raised beds mainly. However if you are working the open ground child sized spades, forks and a rake or two would probably be used.

We are members of the RHS school campaign and have been awarded seeds, a paper pot maker and garden centre vouchers through the scheme. We also hold plant sales to help finance ourselves. It is worth getting friendly with your local DIY or garden centre manager as they (on occasion) knock down the price for a friendly pushy garden club leader!!

The most used and disposable item we use are gardenng gloves...they are like socks..."I can't find the other one, Miss" is a constant refrain at our school.

I have been running our club for several years now and love it. I wish you all the best with yours and if you have any other questions or queries I will try to help. 

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