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Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:38
obelixx wrote (see)

Beechgrove provides a factsheet which can be downloaded each week so you can check plant names.

I didn't know that.  Thanks very much.

Raising a lawn

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:36

You require 250 cubic feet or approximately 10 cubic yards of topsoil.  I'll let somebody else attempt any conversion to cubic metres

As Dave says, just laying more topsoil won't fix the problem. You need to sort the drainage problem first.

Need some petrol lawn mower recommendations please

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:34

I can't help on the specifics but would suggest finding a specialist supplier in your area and speaking to them.  B&Q and the like are OK as box shifters as long as you don't need advice but your requirements are quite specific

Buy cheap pay twice...

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 15:32

I know cheap is a comparative term but I've learnt that lesson with petrol mowers.  I had a Flymo petrol mower for years but when that died I bought a Mountfield which lasted about 4 years and then a Qualcast which was rubbish from the day I got it.  Grass cutting was uneven, it was the noisiest mower I've ever owned and even on a highish cut setting it managed to scalp parts on the lawn at random.

I've just invested in a Honda at twice the price and already the difference in cut quality is obvious.  When buying it I got into conversation with a customer who had had one for over 20 years so hopefully this will give similar service.

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 15:25

I think there is generally something of interest for me in any GW programme.  It's certainly more relevant to the average gardener than Top Gear is for the average driver!

I do think that on occasion things are said on GW without thinking about how the comment will be perceived.  This week Monty referred to his small greenhouse and then the shot revealed on which would probably be bigger than the average modern garden.

I do like the absolutely down-to-earth presentation on Beechgrove Garden but was irritated today when watching it to realise that they don't put captions up when showing plants.  The section in question was one about plants for N, E, S & W facings fences.  My hearing isn't great at times and I struggled to catch the names.

No idea how to start on overgrown garden

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 15:51

Sounds like you need somebody with a strimmer or brush cutter to chop the weeds down as a first step.

Mystery plants

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 16:45
Fishy65 wrote (see)

You know,where would I be without you guys?? Imagine me googling 'plant with pink flowers' etc. 

How ridiculous!  Everybody knows you would need to google "plant with pink flowers in my garden" to get accurate answers

Raised bed - rubble and topsoil mix?

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 13:19

Are the sleepers laid flat or on the narrow edge?  If they are flat then you won't have enough depth to put rubble in and then top soil.  If they are on edge you can put rubble to a little under half the depth and then top soil to finish.  Do bear in mind that the soil will drop quite a bit as it settles and rain pushes it down into the rubble.

I have a raised bed 3 sleepers high and the soil has dropped about 4 inches in 12 months.

Just getting started and had several garden thefts

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 16:44

Terracotta 'look' or genuine terracotta doesn't make any difference to the fact that this is theft pure and simple.  Terracotta 'look' just made them easier to nick

I need hugs too....

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 18:03

Don't worry David,  you'll probably get 2nd again in another 24 years

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