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Razor Hoe

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 08:54
punkdoc wrote (see)

Looked at that last night David, I am tempted.


Promise you won't regret it, doc.....I've cleared a patch of creeping buttercup with mine that would have been a real pain without it.

Mine is a right-handed version, so I imagine they make left-handed versions too...given the blade action it would be important to choose the right one. 

Razor Hoe

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 08:05
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

Those are used widely in Japan and the design is probably thousands of years old, so I wouldn't consider it gimmicky at all David.  Good price too. 


Yes, I knew that, Bob.....perhaps I didn't phrase my message very good.

Razor Hoe

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 19:16

Being a bit old fashioned, I've never been very impressed with gimmicky garden tools, but this (IMHO) is a real winner.

Can I move roses now.

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 11:26

Really better moved while they are still dormant..... if you do decide to move them, make sure you retain as much root-ball soil as possible and plant them immediately after lifting.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 10:36

Yes indeed, FG.....I would just say that camellias grown in pots will need more attention paid to feeding and watering, which would include a feed of ericaceous fertilizer after flowering.......don't feed in the autumn as the resultant new growth may result in frost damage. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:30

GD - Thank you....I have this philosophy about gardening, I feel that too much TLC results in weaker plants that are prone to pests & disease.

Therefore perhaps it will be no surprise when I tell you that in all of its 20 years, my camellia  has never been fed. Having said that, I do make sure that the soil doesn't dry-out during the late summer when the following season's buds are setting......if this is neglected, there is a risk of bud-drop when they start to flower.

Of course, the above doesn't say that I choose the planting position & soil type very carefully. 

Thought for Lyn

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 18:49

Lyn, I've read your recent posts regarding your Pa's final weeks & days with much admiration and sadness....I'm sure not many of us could have faced that situation with such strength and fortitude.

Take care.

Tulip Spade Monty!!??

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 11:45

Back to the 'Tulip spade'......didn't see the program, but it hasn't gone unnoticed, the vast array of gimmicky tools on display at Longmeadow..... and indeed the number if threads here, asking where they can buy them.......doh!!!

I've no idea (or want to know) the practices that operate at Mr D's place, but am familiar with what took place at Clack's Farm when Arthur Billitt hosted GW from there. All of the greenhouses were freebies from 'Alton', as were most tools, seeds (always Suttons) and other items.

Call me a cynic, but it does sometimes amaze me how gullible we, the GPP are.   

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 10:54

 My pink camellia, 'Water Lily'...standing 10ft tall with hundreds & hundreds of blooms.


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 12:29

Buxus have a shallow root system without a taproot..... having said that, I would imagine keeping them watered & fed in six inches of soil would be a pain, especially during the summer.

Time to clip is early June, old gardeners used to recommend Derby Day as a memorable reminder.

Monty Don's box hedging at Longmeadow is a good example of clipping at the wrong time.

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