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Latest posts by KT53

Monty don new presenter for Chelsea

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:51

The introduction of Sophie Raworth and other non-gardeners is just more evidence of the dumbing down of TV.  I have no problem with the inclusion of enthusiastic amateurs but for somebody to state they basically aren't interested in gardening and then present this seems perverse.

Somewhat different with Richard Hammond as he's been wildlife mad all his life.  That said I thought "Africa Live" or whatever it was called was rubbish - not his fault.  Whoever thought it would be a good idea to have a live show like that, on peak time evening TV, from an area 3 or 4 hours ahead of us?  It's dark then you numpties!!!

garden centres vs garden nursery's

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:44

Another alternative when seeking unusual plants is visiting Yellow Book gardens.  I've obtained a lot of unusual plants that way over the years.

I should make it clear that I mean many places have plants for sale - I not advocating my mother-in-laws method of helping herself to 'cuttings' !!

saving condensate water

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:42

I've not heard the suggestion about condensate water going to a soakaway before.  Very few people will have access to one.  I can see the logic, just don't see it as a practical option for most people.

Okay to place water butt against house wall?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:39

There would be logic in applying a waterproof sealant to a rendered wall if the render itself is cracked or damaged in any way.  If the render is sound it would seem to be overkill.  Just make sure there is a gap between the waterbutt and the wall.

fill hole where pond was

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:34

How to fill will depend to an extent on the size and depth of the pool and the material available.  I filled in a large pond approx 18' x 6' x 2' deep by dumping the stone previously used for edging in the bottom along with any other rubble I could find for the bottom 12", topped that with soil from raised beds around the pool and soil from other areas of the garden where I wanted to change the levels.

Landgirl100 makes an important point about leaving the ground to settle.  I actually did the work in the autumn and then left over 2 winters i.e. about 18 months before doing anything with it.  That was to allow the soil time to be taken down around the stones.  If you will completely with soil, 12 months should be fine.

garden centres vs garden nursery's

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 12:26

Like with everything else, there are good and bad garden centres and nurseries.  At one of our local 'garden centres' at least 90% of the indoor area is given over to non garden related items whilst another does have non-garden related stuff but it is a clearly defined area.  The second one also has a terrific range of plants and staff really know their stuff too.

New petrol mower

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 18:27

I hope yours works better than mine!  Purchased middle of last year and the engine barely ran above a tick over.  Anything resembling long grass and it stalled. I contacted Qualcast and in fairness they got back to me very quickly.  The problem is that the only way to adjust the running speed of the engine is to remove the air filter and bend a piece of metal connect to a spring until you are happy with the engine speed!  Not the best of solutions I think you will agree.

It's impossible to do the job with the engine running so it's a case of bend metal lug, start engine, bend metal lug, start engine, bend.....  until you're happy.  That doesn't guarantee that it will actually be OK when you start mowing.  So it could be a case of off with the air filter again, bend.........   Stupid design

Cats in the graden

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 18:53

When you have a new garden with about 200 feet of bare borders you need a lot of sticks to keep 'em off

to cut or not to cut

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:08

I would treat them the same as you normally do.  The mild winter has left many plants unaffected but they'll get pretty leggy when the new growth starts.

will my orchid flower again?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 19:13

Don't repot using compost, they need a special medium.  If you've only had it a couple of years it's actually unlikely to need repotting anyway.

You didn't do the wrong thing in cutting the flower stem back.  There are differing opinions on how far you should cut back.  Some people say cut back about 1/3rd, others to within a node or 2 of the base and either will work.  As you cut right back it may well take longer to throw out new flower stems but they will happen.  Once all risk of frost is gone put them outside and mist spray them once a week. That worked for ours and nearly all of them flowered again last year.

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