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Who else loves the humble sempervivum

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 20:01

I used to smile when my OH talked about her lovely "semperviviums" (sic). Every time we went to a garden centre she would browse looking for new ones, at less than £1. I let her get on with it, buying, planting, replanting offshoots. But recently I have become a real fan. Some have really lovely leaf colour and shape, some with a fine cobweb like fur on top. What I really like is that they are a) evergreen, so good ground cover b) very hardy (we haven't lost one in the last two cold winters), c) withstand drought when most other plants are suffering, and d) so easy to propagate. They can die in the middle after flowering, but by this time 10 or 12 offshoots form a ring round the old parent, so you just do a little rearranging. 

Tomorrow we are off to the garden centre to seek out some more, and some baby bush tomato plants. 

Mantis Tiller

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 19:52

I know exactly what you mean when you describe it as a bucking bronco on hard ground. because its so light it can leap out of the bed you are cultivating and onto the lawn, and keeping it on line is good for developing your arm muscles. But in MIL's soil it didn't jump about, just gradually worked its way down. She has amazing soil though. For over 100 years it was a free range chicken farm. She planted delphiniums last spring and they were twice as tall and wide as mine. 

Mantis Tiller

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 19:02

I have heavy clay soil with a hardpan about 12 inches down. When we first bought teh house (newbuild) I had to take a spade, fork, pickaxe and crowbar to it to loosen the soil, and then added loads of manure, sand and gypsum. I used my mantis to break down the clay lumps and mix in the stuff I added. It was great for this job, and saved me many hours of work. The tiller would never have done the job on its own.  

Since then I have repeated the process as I have added raised beds and expanded the borders, and wouldn't be without it.It's very easy to handle / lift etc.. 

I used it on MIL's garden in her newly acquired home last year. Her soil is wonderful, deep loam, and the tiller went down 15 inches like cutting through butter. 

Petrol Strimmers

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 17:16

Think about whether you want a strimmer or a brushcutter.The latter is more expensive but has interchangeable heads so you can replace the plastic corded strimmer head with a metal blade that will cut through tree saplings up to an inch thick. I had a Ryobi brushcutter and it was terrific for shifting brambles and saplings as well as grass and soft weeds. I had to clear several acres of rough growth under trees in a woodland and it lasted me for 15 years. The shoulder strap balances it so that it is easy to manipulate. 

New site - bugs

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 17:04

 The option has disappeared again. Refreshing made no difference. Curious! 

New site - bugs

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 16:07

Now I am baffled. Regarding my last but one post, the option to view last post first has now appeared at the top. I am convinced it wasn't there 5 minutes ago. Or am I having a senior moment....

New site - bugs

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 15:54

Also, the option to ignore a poster by hovering over their avatar and choosing 'ignore' doesn't work. When I choose this button I get taken to a page that says "Oops, but the page you are looking for cannot be found" . I have found a workaround by going to my Forum Settings and searching for a member and then setting them to 'ignore' and suspect I'll rarely have need to use it, but thought you should know about it as it sems to be a bug. 

New site - bugs

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 15:50

Thanks Daniel.

Linked to the reason why I wanted to change my forum settings, can you explain why some threads have an option at the top left that enables you to go straight to the last unread post, but other threads (like this one) don't have that option. 

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 14:26


New site - bugs

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 14:25

I am using Chrome on a PC.

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