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Welcome to tools and techniques

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 12:15
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Any kind of oil as far as I'm aware RT. I often give things a clean and  spray with  WD40, or some 3 in one oil. I believe Alan Titchmarsh used to keep a bucket of sand mixed with used engine oil handy to pop his spade in after use. It  then helps prevent mud sticking to it  

My father used just such a mix of sand and old engine oil - he kept a small galvanised tank of that mix in one of the farm barns where the tool and machinery maintenance was carried out. 


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 12:11

Ooooh yes, Allen Chandler looks gorgeous - love that golden boss of stamens, and good hips too (there's a lot to be said for good hips )

Backfilling hole for laying lawn

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 12:08

I'm confused - do you mean that there is a hole of 32 cm deep in the middle of an area 2m x 2m?


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 12:04

A friend who lived on the slopes of Mt Snowdon had two pairs of robins nesting in the same garden shed two years ago - she said that they tolerated each other in the shed,  but fought like mad at the bird table - very unusual to have two pairs of robins nesting in proximity to each other - it was attributed to a lack of suitable nest sites in the area. 

How often do you feed your Annuals?

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 12:01

Mark, not that it really matters if you're using them as bedding to be discarded at the end of the summer,  but the plants you're growing aren't annuals - I'm fairly sure that snapdragons are biennials and the rest are perennials. 

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 11:57

To cheer us up


Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 11:50

Friend pointed me to this website 


Google has led me to this - not sure what the GP and Carers would think if I tried to feed Ma some snowdrop bulbs 

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 11:45

No idea Nut - I'll ask. 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 11:44

My farming parents wouldn't let me go to Art School - "Goodness knows who you'll meet there!" they said.  So I went to secretarial college and married young - sadly he and I had nothing in common and eventually the marriage foundered - but along the way I'd had two lovely children.  I then took myself off to Art School, did my BA and Masters and met OH (so Ma was right, 'goodness knows who you'll meet ) and we're all living happily ever after 

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 11:37

A friend who knows such things says that snowdrops were planted by monks for medicinal purposes as snowdrop oil was a headache remedy - but is also nowadays known to help Alzheimers sufferers.  

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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A Holly Orchard

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Happy Endings

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