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Thought on push mowers?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 14:23

Push mowers were great when there was someone in the village who knew how to keep the blades razor sharp - but that generation has gone and there's no one about to do it any more - not even the travelling Romany family who used to visit our village right up until the mid 1980s, selling handmade lace and sharpening shears, knives, scythes, mowers, scissors etc.

If a push mower isn't kept razor sharp it is very tiring to use.


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:57

Sorry Lucy - the magazine should be somewhere but I can't find it anywhere - it's definitely not in any of the bookcases   If it turns up I'll let you know ...


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 11:44
Wintersong wrote (see)

 oh! I lost a post before my P.S post.

... Flynn found a dead dove. ....


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 11:40
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Been thinking of her ...

Tipping it down out there ...

How odd, I posted that in response to Fidget wondering how Fg was - but then Fidget's post disappeared


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 11:38

Been thinking of her ...

Tipping it down out there ...

Basil, Coriander, Flat leaf parsley

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 10:13
Jonesk wrote (see)

Thanks dove from above,

any particular product recommendations? should I look for one aimed at vegetable growth?

If you use a good multi-purpose compost you shouldn't need to use fertilizer for at least 6 weeks after planting - after that I would use an organic liquid seaweed diluted at half strength directed on the pack - that should be fine for herbs.


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 09:43

Just listening to Melvin Bragg and guests on In Our Time on Radio 4 - they've got the lurgy and are coughing - glad it's not just me and BL

Basil, Coriander, Flat leaf parsley

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 09:39

I would change your fertiliser -  anything designed to produce flowers is not the one you want - with parsley, coriander and basil once the plants have produced flowers they'll stop growing.

You want something with higher nitrogen content to encourage the production of leaves rather than flowers. 

veg planter

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 08:41

Hi Brenda

Kale (and other brassicas - other than small cabbages) don't do well in containers - they need to be firmed well in to the soil and often they need staking as well to prevent wind rock.  The compost/soil in containers is never firm enough to do this effectively in my experience.

Potatoes would be better grown in bags as they need a good depth of soil - up to 3 ft, as the deeper you can earth them up the more potatoes you'll get

As for carrots and beetroot, if you choose stump-rooted varieties of carrots and globe varieties of beetroot, you could grow them in a container of about 12" deep.



Posted: 26/02/2015 at 08:15

Good morning Verdun - hope the patient is fit and well again soon   I think I'd like to have you as a neighbour

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