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Inadequate water-butt hose

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 06:52

It's a fair point, and in fact I have recently raised the butt, simply because it used to overflow. Now the hose is pretty much horizontal, which is, I believe, what's recommended; but yes, the flow rate is lessened.

I suppose the answer would have been to angle the hose down slightly, whilst making sure the point at which is leaves the downpipe is still higher than the top of the butt.

Inadequate water-butt hose

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 17:01

In continuous rain, I checked the water going into my main water butt; it wasn't going as fast as I'd expected, so I pulled the hose off the downpipe to check for blockages. Unhindered by the hose, the water gushed out the downpipe. There was no blockage, it was just the inadequate hose itself which impeded the water so much. Now I'm thinking of just directing the downpipe straight into the butt, to get all the water.

Has anyone else come across such a problem,and how have you solved it?

Turning a compost heap without hurting the wildlife

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 12:37

My compost heap is home to many slow worms and toads. How do I turn it over without hurting them? In the past, some of the slow worms have sadly suffered from the fork going in .

Greenhouses

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 16:49

The choice of greenhouses is overwhelming! Where do I get something for the garden that's good value but sturdy? I've seen some cheap ones failing within months on our allotment, so I want a touch of quality.

Also, my experience is that I always need more space than I originally realised. Should I go bigger than a 6x4?

Planning a small orchard

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 09:37

What about other traditional fruiting trees? Damsons, or perhaps hazelnuts (ok, that's a nut...)

Planning a small orchard

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 17:32

I'm thinking of clearing a lot of space in my garden (it's a reasonable size) for maybe 6 fruiting trees. What might I consider planting?

I'm on chalk, on the South Coast inland 4 miles (no salt problems) but am fairly shaded by a neighbours tall trees. I would like (another) apple or two (already have crab apples and a cooker), maybe a plum, perhaps pear...and some others.

 

Where to plant a Fig?

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 13:04

Well there's a 30' house 10' away, so the sun can't get in directly unless it's the height of summer, like now, most of the time it's shaded. But the fig would get to be planted against a wall, which it wouldn't benefit from in the front or back garden.

How to extend the planting room on your decking?

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 12:58

There is room immediately outside my decking area which I'd like to use to put some of my pots. The decking is eight foot off the ground. I was thinking of somehow hanging some sort of staging off the handrails, or similar. Is there a conventional way to achieve this?

 

Where to plant a Fig?

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 12:54

Sorry about that glitch;

I have a fig in a pot, and want to plant it out. My detached house, in Sussex 3 miles from the coast,  faces east-west, and is exposed to the west wind. There is some room to plant on the south facing wall, but it is shaded by the house ten feet away. Where should I plant it?

Where to plant a Fig?

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 12:51
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Turning a compost heap without hurting the wildlife

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