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In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 14:18

I thought the MEPs spent some time in Strasbourg - or did they actually carry out the proposal to scrap that Obs?       Cheers!  Ma.

 p.s.  does it really matter which school people went to?   My OH went to Harrow - because his parents owned a couple of shops............................!

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 13:22

Not saying it's (per se) Belgium's fault, Obs - just that the bureaucrats seem to spend most of their time there! 


I think Dave M has made some very good points - wish there were a "like" button here!

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 12:05

It looks to me as though the EU is tottering above a precipice anyway - were we to vote "out" it might only hasten its fall ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, which looks inevitable. 

I don't think we are the only country which isn't totally satisfied with the way in which things have worked out - the original concept of a free trade area has been overtaken (some might say "smothered")  by a load of bureaucrats in Brussels whose agenda seems somewhat different.  If the people of the UK vote to leave, it'll be interesting to see who follows, as I reckon our departure would just be the start of the unravelling which is bound to happen eventually anyway.

Help and Advice on Tired Looking Decking.

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 19:30

Before you light a bonfire, check out a few websites ref what you may - and may NOT burn!  In all probability the decking has been treated with some preservative substances which render it dangerous if burned,   i.e.. toxic fumes etc.  Best to take the lot to the local tip/waste disposal place and let your local Council deal with it instead.

I really don't like decking - never have - and our climate makes it deteriorate quickly and become slippery and unsafe as well.  By way of replacement, it might be worth thinking about how much of the space you need for seating and so on, because this would need paving or something similar.  The remainder could perhaps be covered with gravel with some "stepping stones" to enable access across it to other parts of the garden.  Drainage can be an issue with large paved areas, and having gravel reduces the problem somewhat.



Simplify Gardening - Close to perfect tools?

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 17:20

Hello again - there are pressure washers already - well known make's name begins with "K".  They are quite expensive to buy in the first place,  and as most people are (or will be in the relatively near future) on a water meter, water useage needs to be minimised to reduce overall costs. 

What I think is worth trying is some sort of battery operated fairly heavy rotary-type scrubbing brush (with tough bristles) at the end of a long-ish (adjustable length?) handle - a bit like a paint roller. The handle could have clips to take a water hose if/when necessary.  People who have decking find that it gets very green and slippery during the winter months - and even in summer, given the wet weather we've now had in the UK for the past two and a half years.  Decking and patios need much more maintenance than people sometimes realise - as do block-paviour driveways.  These features are more likely to be found in suburban gardens than at countryside properties, and the householders are more likely to be younger and less-experienced gardening-wise so are likely to be more willing to try new things, as well as "gadgets".  They probably have less free time than older people to look after their garden and outdoor space, so would look favourably at a tool which saved them some time as well as energy.  Older people would probably value a tool which  they could use as often as they felt they needed to, and which didn't need too much physical effort on their part.


Wildlife in enclosed rear garden

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 13:34

I don't think a rat would bother digging all that stuff - no need whatsoever as they can get through far smaller holes than that without any problem. 

From the size, I'd say probably a rabbit.  It could have got into your garden via an open gate and needed to find a way out.

Simplify Gardening - Close to perfect tools?

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 10:45

Most hand-held garden tools have evolved over centuries so it's unlikely that you'd be able to create something totally new - however, having said that, there are several "new" areas relating to gardening where tools haven't been created to deal with some of the problems which arise with - say - slippery decking and weed infested patios and  paved driveways.


If you could create a battery operated tool which could be connected to a hose pipe when necessary, I think it could appeal to people who want to be able to scrub these areas quickly and easily, and keep them clean without the use of chemical weedkillers.


Posted: 22/11/2015 at 19:41

I think Mr Thomson is a relative newcomer to posting on this forum - unless of course he's been using an alias for some time!  If he'd been around for a while - like some of us - he'd know that there was a time when Monty did respond to some of the messages.  I bet Monty still does read the posts here, and I'm sure he knows that the vast majority of us wouldn't dream of criticising his presentation skills and we enjoy all the programmes to which he contributes.  I'm sure he won't rise to this "bait" - as I've done ! - but I'd like him to know that I'm really surprised that someone would be so rude as to make such comments as those in the first post here on this thread, and I'm sure that lots of people would agree.


Potatoes lifted later in season went to gluey mush during boiling

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 14:49

I think the problem arose because you left them in the ground too long.  Potatoes should all be harvested at the same time, and - if main crop - they can be stored for a long time, given the right conditions - i.e. dry, dark and frost-free.

Perhaps you'd not realised that the UK-produced potatoes we buy year-round have in fact been stored for months in some instances.  

Thistle & Ragwort control in wildflower meadow

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 19:03

Just a quick word of warning about hedges - as the owner of the land you are supposed to keep them under some sort of control.  There are some rules & regs as to when they may be trimmed , i.e. not when the Powers That Be call "flowering and fruiting times",  If a hedge overhangs a public right of way or road, the local council could (and might) cut them back at any time of year, and it might not work out quite how you'd want it to if you don't take control of things yourself. 

In order to establish who's responsible for a boundary, you'd need to look at the paperwork relating to your land.  If there's a proper plan anywhere, you need to look for a little symbol along the boundary line which looks like a capital  letter T.  If that symbol is on your land it means that you own the boundary and are responsible for its maintenance.  e.g. if it looks like this:





the owner of the land above the line (boundary) is responsible.  If the T were upside down & below the line, whoever owns that land would be responsible.

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