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RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 18:26

We've been going to the Malvern Spring Show as it was known almost since it started and we normally arrive as the gates open at 9am and expect to leave about 3pm.  That has been our normal pattern.

This year we arrived at the normal time and left before mid-day!  There seemed to be huge expanses of empty space and the 'sheds' were literally half empty.  The repositioned Floral Marquee also seems to have far fewer stands than in previous years.  I only hope that it's just one poor year, and not evidence that the RHS wants to change the style and focus of the show.  It's worked for years, got bigger year on year, so please - It ain't broke, so don't try to fix it.

What magazines/books do you read AND actually use

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 17:35

I subscribe to GW.  I used to subscribe to 'Digital Photographer' but after a few years variations on previous articles became more and more common so I cancelled.

Top Soil or no Top Soil...that is the question

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 16:21

First thing you need to do is rake it level, including breaking up any lumps.  Then shuffle back and forward all over it to give a firm base to put the turf onto.

Don't buy the cheapest turf you can find as it will generally be meadow grass and full of weeks.

Trailer of top soil

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 18:08

As Mike has said, topsoil can be very hit and miss.  When we had our garden done the guy doing the work sent the first lorry away as he said there was more clay and rubble than soil.  Second lot was very good quality.

Needless to say, you need to be there when they deliver to ensure it's acceptable.  Getting them to take it back if it's been dumped off a lorry onto your drive could be difficult.

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:18

I've done a variety of jobs.  Started off as a Quantity Surveyor then managed a tropical fish shop.  Moved on to IT support and management for over 30 years.  Finally had enough of the aggro which went with that so took VR and looked for something with less stress.  Moved to the public sector - biggest mistake of my life.  If my previous work had aggro, this one has more BS than I ever thought possible.  Multiply the idiocy of "W1A" by "2012" and you're still nowhere near the reality of the Civil Service!!!!!

Looking for an unusual sized shed - 3ft x 4ft

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 09:18

I think the problem is more where the door needs to be than the actual size.  Most have the door in the narrow part.

Google search "sheds Swindon" came up with a few in your area who say they make any size.  Try calling them.

Recycling Tree branches (from pruning)

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 18:45

I can almost hear the theme tune from "The Good Life"

It's good to see somebody thinking about how they can reuse items rather than just binning or taking to the tip (I have to admit I do the latter most of the time)

Weeds

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 18:37

Bindweed can be difficult to completely eradicate but pulling it out, not hoeing as that just chops it up into small pieces which will each grow, and disposing of in the bin will reduce the problem.

If you feel up to it you can dig it out.  The roots are long, white and stiff, quite unlike most other roots.  It can be quite a job but worth it.

Recycling Tree branches (from pruning)

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 10:22

Your only other practical alternatives would have been to shred it, not easy if you don't own a shredder; chop it up and put it in the bin, or take it to your local recycling centre.

You seem to have made good use of it, although it will probably rot away quite quickly around the compost heap.

All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Posted: 19/04/2014 at 10:18

If they're going to come 'home' anyway what's the harm?  We all love going on holiday don't we and air travel adds to the excitement.

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