Latest posts by KT53

Cold Calling Experiences

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 15:53

We've got signs on our front door and porch from our local police with "No cold callers".  It may stop some, but not all.  Our door bell rang one evening and I pointed to the signs.  The response was literally "If I took any notice of those I would sell f*** all"  Quite literally those words.

My response was along the lines of "You obviously know what the word means so f*** off".  He then accused me of being rude!

going on holiday.........

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 22:12

Would something like this do the job?


Is it safe to plant a crabapple tree next to a manhole cover?

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 22:09

I wouldn't plant a tree that close to a drain. 

New gardening show

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 07:59
Dovefromabove says:

Tried Garden Nightmares ... For five mins ... Turned it off ... 

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 It's just 'Nightmare Neighbours' but filmed from in the garden from what I saw.

Stepping stones

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 11:38
Hostafan1 says:

if ground cover plants grow over them, will you be able to see them to stand on without standing on the ground cover plants?

As I've said, I'm happy to be proven wrong.

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 If you bothered to read all of my post you would see that I said I will be able to move the ground cover plants.  Therefore I won't stand on them.  I'll need to access that part of the garden quite frequently so any growth over the stepping stones can be easily controlled.

Sorry if I'm failing to bow to your oh so obviously greater knowledge, and to agree with your opinion!


Posted: 30/08/2016 at 11:18

I read a great comment by Bill Bryson, the writer, about the Honours System today.

He does say he could be accused of hypocracy because he accepted an honorary OBE, but these are his thoughts.

"According to the citation, the award was for services to literature, which is very kind and generous, but what it really meant was that it was for services to myself, because I didn't do anything I wasn't going to do anyway.  That's the problem with honours, you see.  On the whole, people are rewarded just for being themselves, which, in a lot of cases, frankly is quite enough already"

I couldn't express it better myself, which is probably why he's a writer in the first place, and I'm not.

Stepping stones

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 11:11
Hostafan1 says:

B3, in a warm loving way, DON'T. 

I hate them, they invariably look naff and hardly anyone ever keeps to them.If you need a path, make a path.

You might ,however, prove me wrong. 

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 Obviously down to personal opinion, but stepping stones can have their uses.  I have one bed where I need to get into it to do work, but don't need or want a proper path running through it.  By placing stepping stones in there, I can get in amongst things without risking treading on plants I want.  Ground cover plants will grow over them in time but can be moved out of the way when I need to.

Stepping stones

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 11:07
Palaisglide says:

B3, the puzzle is in the question, you object to paying for cement how else are you going to make stepping stones?


Last edited: 30 August 2016 09:46:50

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 From the way I read the OP, the objection is to the price of pre-made stepping stones, not to the use of cement.  At our local garden centre, natural stone stepping stones are actually cheaper than concrete ones.

Bulb starter worth it?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 11:00
Ladybird4 says:

They would need feeding after flowering so that the leaves can send food back down to the bulbs again but as B3 is not bothered about saving for next year it will be fine.

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 Thanks for the clarification.  I'm planning to plant spring bulbs when I remove the current plants from my pots.  Not having to renew the compost will certainly save a few quid.  I don't plan to save the bulbs either.

Bulb starter worth it?

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 08:00

The bulbs will have all the nutrient within them that they need for their initial growth, but will used compost have enough in it to sustain the plant through the entire growing / flowering season?

Discussions started by KT53

Yes, Prime Minister

Deja vu, all over again. 
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Snake bark maple

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Poor cropping

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Pruning buddleia davidii

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BBC coverage 
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I nearly choked on my cornflakes

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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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Is there a problem with the site?

Posts with no content 
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Roundup Ultra

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Something eating hydrangea

any ideas what? 
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Any dahias which don't need to be lifted?

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Someone's stolen 'Talkback'

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Locking threads after period of inactivity.

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