Latest posts by KT53

Florabest strimmer

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 19:42

Lidl actually have a reputation for good kit at low prices.  I would question the value of a petrol strimmer if it's only going to get a few hours use per year, unless you can service it yourself.

Good Films on TV For When It's Too Wet For Gardening

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 13:34

That must be one of the more modern films shown on daytime telly.  Most seem to be pre-war

Jazz is one of the few genres of music which I really can't get into, the modern / contemporary stuff in particular, so I'll give the film a miss.

Help me choose a rotovator

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 07:50

ian841, as you can do your own servicing it does make a big difference to the overall costs.  Sadly, I am totally mechanically illiterate.

New turf already dying?

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 17:12

It's looking a lot better than my lawn at the moment!

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 12:16

After a few good days, and the ground being just about at the easy digging stage, it starts persisting down again. 

Best branch garden saw

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 12:15

I bought one from the Wolf range a couple of years ago.  It's lethally sharp.  Monty tends very much to use top of the range tools, with prices to match.

Garden furniture

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 12:12

If there are any horticultural shows in your area they tend to be a good source of quality garden furniture.  Often no dearer than some of the junk you'll find at the box shifters like B&Q or Homebase.

Help me choose a rotovator

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 08:31

Do you really need to buy one?  Would hiring one as and when you need it be a better choice in the longer term?  With petrol machinery you have the annual service to pay for and that can be expensive.

I have a Mantis tiller, but I don't think it would be effective on heavy clay, although others may have more experience than me in working that kind of ground.

Elevated Raised Bed

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 20:05

If you're planning to construct something similar to what I linked to, then drainage won't be a problem.  Line with weed suppressing fabric to stop the soil falling out and that's it.

It needs to be said

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 17:01
Palaisglide says:

Meanwhile here in the North East of England the coastline is disappearing under a wall of wind turbines and another contract has just been signed. We can see for ourselves that in  the very cold still air between weather fronts they are not working and then in the high winds again have to be shut down, they are OK in summer when we have mild winds and it is warm in other words not needed.

See original post

 What you describe is the huge major problem with wind turbines, but one which the alternative energy zealots refuse to acknowledge.  The time we need electricity most is in extended cold spells in winter.  These are caused in the main by large areas of high pressure sitting over the country, and large high pressure areas mean low, to no, wind and therefore little to no electricity production from wind turbines.

There are really probably only two truly reliable and sustainable forms of 'alternative energy', hydro and wave/tide.  Those are the areas on which money should be spent to get the best bang per buck in the long term.

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Malvern Spring Festival

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Sums up my weekend

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Just need to vent...

...so ******* angry 
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Has Trump completely lost the plot?

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New Year Honours

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Cheap & cheerful, but does the job 
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Yes, Prime Minister

Deja vu, all over again. 
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BBC coverage 
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I nearly choked on my cornflakes

(not gardening related) 
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Blackfly on runner beans

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Blackfly on runner beans

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Please sign the petition

to Carol Kirkwood for summer weather! 
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