Latest posts by KT53


Posted: 23/10/2016 at 14:16

It's an eternal question and the person who can come up with a fail proof solution will make an absolute fortune.  If it's a comparatively small area then canes and twigs may do the job.  Also keep one of the high power water pistols handy and be ready to blast any cat you see in the garden.  Most cats don't like water and will eventually learn to **** somewhere else.

Somebody did suggest bringing in a law to force cat owners to keep them on their own property.  That I would vote for in a heartbeat!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 21:50

I'm aware of the rule, I said I don't agree with it.  I haven't suggested that it should be changed part way through the competition either. 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 20:40

Once again, a celebrity who is unable to perform gets a free ride into the next show.  That's one aspect of the programme that I really don't agree with.  If somebody has to pull out of the show that should be the end of them with nobody else being removed that week.

They could still have the vote, but carry the points over to the following week.  That would also guarantee the correct number of contestants in the final.

New GW...??

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 20:38

Whilst winter may be the busiest time for professional gardeners, I'm not sure how the work they are doing would translate into good telly.  There's only so much plant propogation and seed planting you can show before it gets repetitititive.

A lot of their other work is preparing the ground for next year.  Busy for sure, but enough to fill more than a couple of programmes?

New GW...??

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 15:49

Beechgrove is available wherever you are in the UK on Iplayer.

New GW...??

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:23
aym280 says:

I'd love to have his plot and his bank balance though.

Same here! And I will do a better job than he with his garden... no more kiosks .. 

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 It would be a boring old world if we all liked the same things in gardens.  Can't say I liked the kiosks either though.  Also can't stand 'red hot pokers'.  I really liked the fountain and the formality of parts of the garden.  They have the space to create many different areas, just like Monty has done - theirs are just on a much larger scale.

Where can I find a leaf shredder

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 08:27
Renata Boyle says:

I have already filled two 1 ton builders sacks with leaves, I want to shred them so I can carry on collecting/speed up the process. 

All I can see online are the suction collectors - I don't need to use this as I am knee deep in leaves and it literally takes me minutes to grab armfuls and drop them in the sacks.  Mowing our lawn to shred in winter isn't an option as it turns into a bog this time of year and would be difficult to collect anyway.  Main leaf fall is on our large drive so sweeping is very easy.

I saw something that looked ideal, not a heavy duty chipper that costs a fortune called the 'worx - WG430 Leaf mulcher' but doesn't appear to be available in the UK which is a shame as I could just chuck handfuls of leaves into it. 

I've read that the 'quiet garden shredders' are not so useful for leaves because the crush and cut mechanism has virtually no effect on something that is already flat or has a high moisture content, i.e. leaves.  I can't find another product in the UK that works using whip cords (which is how the Worx product works).

I have even contemplated dropping handfuls of leaves into my office shredder but I don't want to be standing there all day!

So, my question is, if anyone DOES shred their leaves, what machine do you use?

Many thanks for any replies.

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 Sorry can't help directly with the question, but the image of you dragging a huge bag of leaves into the office and dropping them into the paper shredder did make me laugh.

Any of the rotary shredders, rather than the 'quiet' one's, would handle leaves as long as they are mixed with dryer branches.  How even they would cope with the quantity you have is more open to question.

I wonder if one of the blower / shredders might not be the best solution.  They aren't hugely expensive, and the work should be quick as you already have the leaves in bags.  As they are designed for the job they are probably less likely to jam up than a conventional shredder.

Books, catalogues, magazines or digital?

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 08:16

Kindle for holiday reading for the reasons others have already given.  At home I much prefer to read a physical book.  For reference books it's the actual book every time.  Same for things like seed catalogues.  Many new varieties would be missed by doing everything on line.  If you don't know something exists you are much less likely to find it if using an on line catalogue.

Invasive grass around pond margin

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 08:10
Dovefromabove says:

KT53 says:

.....  Finally overlay the existing liner with a new one.  Absolutely no point in removing the existing one.

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 ... other than to get rid of the 'grass roots' which, having penetrated the first liner will probably penetrate the new one 

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 Which is precisely why I said "find the edge of the liner, lift it back and remove as much growth from below as possible".  By doing that AND adding a new liner a number of objectives can be achieved.

1.  The old liner will provide added protection to the new one.

2.  The amount of work required will be greatly reduced.

3. A lighter weight, and therefore less expensive, liner can be used.  It will also be easier to work with.

Yes, Prime Minister

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 22:02
B3 says:

I think it's a  shame that it is assumed that the only measure of success is academic achievement. How much better it would be if a child who was not academically gifted. could aspire to be a great engineer or plasterer or bricklayer or gardener and achieve equal recognition.

Come the dystopia we may be hurtling towards, who will be of more value?

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 Amen to that.  My nephew is a bright kid but would lose the will to live if he was stuck behind a desk all day.  He applied to join the Marines and passed the initial tests including the medical.  A couple of weeks before he was supposed to undertake some more appraisals he was kicked whilst playing football.  Long story short - he ended up with a blood clot on the lung so end of possible military career.  For a while he didn't know what he wanted to do.

A chance conversation with a distant cousin ended with him starting an electrical apprenticeship, and he loves it.

Great engineers can achieve great recognition, but when did you ever hear of a sparks or chippie getting a knighthood?

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