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Latest posts by KT53

Last weeks storm counrty round up

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 13:36

No real problems here (Gloucester). I've seen a few TV aerials hanging on roofs but the only problem I've had is the loss of about 3' of gutter from above a bay window.  It must be awful for those who have been hit by the storms, floods and loss of electricity.

That said, I have little time for those like the woman who got herself on radio and TV to complain about repairmen leaving the job when weather conditions made it too dangerous for them to work.  She then went on to moan that the electric company lied to her about work being done because "The line outside my house is down and nobody has done anything about that".  Doesn't the self-centred, stupid woman realise that she isn't the only person in that situation?


How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 13:30

Given the amount of rain we've had recently I would not attempt to dig over the ground unless you are on VERY free draining soil.  You can certainly set about cutting back the overgrown areas.  Just pile it all up and allow it to dry out - it will dry slowly even in poor weather, then have a good bonfire.

Pond Fabrication

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 13:24

If it's 3' high above ground level you are almost certainly going to require reinforcement in the brick/blockwork so hollow block with reinforcing rods and concrete fill would seem to be the most practical, if not pretty, way of doing it.  There will be a fair amount of sideways pressure with that depth of water so over-engineering is certainly preferrable to 1200 gallons of water escaping at a later date.

How much soil do I need?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 12:47

Dave, you ain't wrong about not being good at maths are you   Jimbo would have about 4.3 cubic metres left over and that's a lot of potting up!  Fidgetbones has the right number.

Dr Hessayon quits writing

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 17:51

I've got the Kindle Paperwhite which is fine for reading but useless with photos.  I use it instead of taking 'proper' books on holiday etc, but wouldn't even want to use a tablet with colour screen as my main source.  Give me the physical book any time.

New Family Home with Lovely Garden - worried beginner

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 17:45

Previous posts really have given the best advice - watch the garden for a year before attacking it yourself.  Plants may get a little untidy but you can cut them back once you've identified them.


Posted: 23/12/2013 at 17:42

We had masses of ivy and trying to clear it by hand was going to be an impossible task.  We had the borders rotovated in April and have had no regrowth to speak of.  Just one or two bits reappeared and they could then be removed by hand.

As we were stripping the entire garden rotovating was practical for us.  It may not be if you want to keep and established garden.

Overgrown Clematis

Posted: 23/12/2013 at 17:39

Most clematis cope well with severe haircuts.  As you don't know what variety it is I would cut it hard back in spring.  Worst case, you don't get any (or many) flowers in the first year.

Dr Hessayon quits writing

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 22:35

I've got a mountain of gardening books, including Dr H's.  It's far more relaxing to sit and flick through a book than to search the internet.  If you have a specific query the 'net is brilliant, but for general reference give me the book anytim.

Sports personality

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 22:33

I certainly won't claim that Andy Murray has the greatest of personalities and his voice is definitely monotone, but he's the best tennis player we've had for many decades.  He wants to win and isn't content with being 3rd or 4th best as some others seem to have been (I won't mention Tim Henman by name).

It should  be called Sports Person of the year, not Sports Personality.  Remember Nigel Mansell winning?  Now we really was seriously lacking in charisma, personality, vocal range etc but he was one heck of a driver.

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