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Latest posts by KT53

xHose ~ any good?

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 16:54

The main problem I've heard about with them is that they can't be repaired.  I've seen a couple of reports of people cross threading the connector and the hose then being unusable.  With a conventional hose you would just get a new connector.

Raised bed for alpines

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 12:40

Thanks for the thoughts folks.  We have a lot of garden to fill so I'm just thinking of practical alternatives for different areas.  In addition to 2 raised beds we have about 100' of border which gets full sun, roughly the same with partial shade and a section about 25' in full shade, part of which is shaded by our neighbour's conifer hedge.

All of the above are virtually empty at present.

Raised bed for alpines

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 17:09

We have recently completely redesigned our back garden and have a raised bed approximately 7' x 3' and I've just thought about using is as an alpine bed.  The bed is in partial shade during the winter months but will get a lot of sun in the summer.  There is trellis to the east and south on which I plan to grow clematis.

The question is, is this location OK for an alpine bed, and if so which plants are likely to do best in this situation?

Best multi purpose compost this year ?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 21:15

The Homebase own brand Plus has far too much in the way of large and woody stuff in it.  It looks more like the output from a garden shredder than compost.  I used some last autumn to plant up bulbs in pots and the surface looked like a mountain range as the bulbs started to shoot. Instead of just pushing up through the compost, lumps of compost were pushed up.

Best April Fool Gags

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:13

An apprentice at the engineering works where my dad worked was sent for a dozen holes for 1/2 inch washers.  He toddled off and came back about half an hour later with a dozen 1/2 inch holes drilled in a metal plate.  Only then did he tell his fellow workers that his father was a foreman at an adjoining engineering works.

For some reason nobody tried taking the **** with him again.

New Shed Advice

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 22:05

scroggin has given most of the answers.  As to how far from the hedge to position the shed - a couple of feet will give the space to get in to maintain it until the hedge grows!  I would be inclined to give the wall of the shed facing the hedge several coats of preservative immediately.  The hedge itself will protect the shed from the worst of the weather once it establishes.


Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:24

Basically you have the hoe blade tilted slightly down from horizontal so that it travels just below the surface and cuts the top growth off the weeds.  You just push it forwards, pull back and to it again.

GArden design software, anyone used..

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:21

If it's free it costs nothing to try it out.  My experience of garden design software hasn't been very positive.  Anything I tried was either far too complex to use or very limited in it's functionality.  I have a long, narrow garden and the s/w I tried simply couldn't cope with the shape.

Raised Beds on Paved Patios?

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 22:19

My concern would be over possible staining of the patio slabs and the reaction of the landlord if/when he discovers what you've done.

Only you know the landlord but it might be sensible to approach him before you do this and even see if he would be amenable to a few of the slabs being lifted and stored safely.  Cost of reinstating the patio would probably fall to you when you leave.

I had to chuckle

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 11:57

My new GW mag has just arrived and I was having a quick flip through it.

One piece of advice made me chuckle.  It was about ensuring that you don't allow garlic to get too dry!!!!  Not much chance of that this year methinks

Discussions started by KT53

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
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Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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dendrobium nobile care

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Overwintering lilies

Lilies in pots. 
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Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
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Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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Laid in April 
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