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Latest posts by KT53

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.


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 21:55

I hope it's OK to post the link

Attacking pampas

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 20:02

Just don't do what a work colleague of my wife did some years ago.  He heard somewhere that burning pampas grass somehow improved it.  I don't like the things so from my viewpoint that's probably true but I digress.

It was a big beast so he cut it back to about 18" high and tried to set fire to it - it wouldn't burn!  So his next bright idea was to use an accelerant and he poured petrol onto it - yes really.  It did burn then, if fact it exploded and fired lumps of pampas grass all over the place.  We think the reason for the explosion was pockets of petrol fumes where the fuel had gone into the base of the clump.

How he didn't blow himself up is anybodies guess.

Who Stole my ID?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 19:55

I'd threaten to sue unless I got half the fee gardeninggenes   On the other hand, you have got your name in print without any effort.

Hydrangea in need of TLC

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 18:59

Thanks for the link Dove.  I was going to ask when I should chop the old flowers off my hydrangeas but that link tells me


Posted: 15/02/2014 at 16:57

It was bad here (Gloucester) last night too.  Strongest winds we've experienced and we seem to have come through unscathed.  Our neighbour has lost some ridge tiles and another one possibly some chimney pot but I'm not sure if they had been removed previously.

The ironic thing with the ridge tiles is that my neighbour had his all redone a few years ago - obviously not done well!

Unwanted visitor

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 17:34

Goldstar says "garden loos like a building site".  An unfortunate typo to say the least

Discussions started by KT53

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Is partial shade OK 
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I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
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Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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dendrobium nobile care

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Overwintering lilies

Lilies in pots. 
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Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
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Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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Laid in April 
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