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Gardening tool re-design

Posted: 08/02/2018 at 12:49

My guess is that the market for a folding handle watering can would be very small.

Gardening tool re-design

Posted: 08/02/2018 at 11:19


I think lecturers ought to be discouraged from setting these tasks unless they're prepared to accept that if your research comes up with an 'it's all been done' answer (which always happens on this site), then that's the end of it - A++.

Your sightings. Great British Birdwatch

Posted: 01/02/2018 at 11:33
Fran IOM says:

Joe the Gardener - I noted you had a Song Thrush visit you which you mentioned in the "Robin" thread dated 2 Jan. In all the information received from the RSPB Birdwatch there was no mention of the Thrush and reading the posts on this thread no one appears to have reported having seen one. I know they are in great decline both the Mistle and Song Thrush so you must be very lucky to have one visit you. Did you complete the Birdwatch Count and manage to see a thrush as I think it would be of great interest? 

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 Yes, the song Thrush did show up. Interestingly, the situation with these birds is not so gloomy as it was up to 1995 in some parts of Britain. There has been an upturn in populations in western, central and southern parts of England, and in Wales. The BTO puts the continuing decline in eastern England down to drier farmland soils and a loss of grassland.


Posted: 01/02/2018 at 11:02


Have a look at the thread about the RSPB birdwatch in the Wildlife Gardening section. You'll see some discussion about font sizes in relation to a sight-impaired poster. What do you think?

Your sightings. Great British Birdwatch

Posted: 31/01/2018 at 14:28

Thanks Buttercup, and my apologies to Pansy. I had noticed the different sizes, naturally, and I've often wondered what the point of that is. Surely this is something that could be fixed, either on this site, or perhaps someone well above my pay-grade could suggest a fix on one's own PC? It seems like one of those things that ought by now to have been thought about for sight-impaired users. It actually makes me despair that such an obvious barrier can't be sorted out when computers can do all sorts of other clever but often useless tricks.

Sharing a garden instead of an allotment

Posted: 31/01/2018 at 09:51

I know two people who have done this. In both cases it started off with a burst of enthusiasm from the borrowers, who seemed very nice people, but after 6 months the owners realised it wasn't working and had to give them the sack. The plots were not getting looked after - weeds, etc, the borrowers never said when they were coming to work and it was all a bit unsatisfactory.

Your sightings. Great British Birdwatch

Posted: 31/01/2018 at 09:44

Hi Pansy,

Do you think you could go back to using lower case letters. It's a devil to read in capitals!

Neighbours plants damaging my Mum's fence

Posted: 30/01/2018 at 14:21

I'd suggest not cutting neighbours' shrubs down, except the bits that come across the boundary line, because that's criminal damage. You would therefore be having to defend the indefensible, instead of holding the moral and legal high ground.

Neighbours plants damaging my Mum's fence

Posted: 29/01/2018 at 15:06

Sheps, do we know it's a panel fence. Even if it is it's a lot of work lifting the panels - unless they're so badly fitted that the fence blows down!

Neighbours plants damaging my Mum's fence

Posted: 29/01/2018 at 09:00

OK Dan, so she'll have to negotiate with the neighbour, which doesn't seem to be working, and her gardener will have to lean over the fence and cut down the bushes that are pushing the fence - not easy and possibly provocative. I've seen my solution work.

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