Latest posts by KT53

Presents I've been given that I really really like

Posted: 10/12/2013 at 17:39

Felco left handed secateurs!


Posted: 30/11/2013 at 15:05

A pond will only become foul smelling because plant or animal material is decomposing in it.  Adding a pump at this stage will probably not solve the problem.

I would be inclined to drain it completely, give it a thorough clean and start again.  A well balanced pond shouldn't need any additional aeration, but the reality is that most of us over stock the pond with fish, I know I did, so some assistance may be needed in hot weather.

Christmas trees...

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 09:07

We had real for the first couple of years but got fed up of the mess.  We paid a lot of money for an artificial one which looks very realistic and have been using it for about 20 years.  Money well spent even if it does seem to be heavier each time I have to get it out of the attic!

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 17:18

I've been working in the 'Public Sector' for about 5 years after being the 'Private Sector' or real world for all of my working life prior to that.  Everything anybody has ever said to you about the way the public sector works was wrong - it is far, far worse than anybody who hasn't worked there could possibly imagine.

The great positive is that I only have a couple of years to go until retirement!

Gardeners World Television

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 21:29

I thought programmes were only available on the Iplayer for 7 days anyway.

Jet Washers

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 14:02

Drives will certainly be strong enough to withstand a jetwash but take care with block paving as the jet wash can blast the sand out from the joints.


Jet Washers

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 17:53

Another satisfied Karcher owner here.  The drive / patio attachment is called the T racer - no idea why, but it certainly works.

Visiting Wonderful Gardens

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 20:36

Spotting new plants is probably the main thing we 'get' from visiting stately homes.  We do enjoy the opportunity to wander around large gardens for the exercise and fresh air too.

We actually prefer to visit the Yellow Book gardens as they are more likely to provide practical inspiration and to be a source of new plants.  As we are in the process of completely re-doing the garden we can get plants at lower prices than the local garden centre, and find plants not stocked by the GC's too.

Talkback: How to grow orchids

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 20:32

We have quite a lot now and they seem to grow equally well in clear pots or in coloured.  We've experimented with cutting back stems to just above a node and cutting back almost to the base.  Flowers seem to appear more quickly if only cut back to a node, but the stems are much stronger when cut right back.


chickens! should i get some?

Posted: 17/11/2013 at 14:20

Cotty1000, the way the question is worded it almost sounds as if the idea of having chickens is something of a passing fancy and something you have so far given little real though to.  Apologies if that is a misinterpretation.

People here can provide an insight into the amount of time and the cost, but we are talking about livestock here - 'live' being the most important aspect.  They will be there 7 days a week, 52 weeks as year and, like a pet, have to be looked after at all times.  Have you considered what happens if you go on holiday for a couple of weeks for example?

I'm not saying don't get them, I am just saying consider all the implications.


Discussions started by KT53

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 21:25

Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 12:40

I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 21:31

Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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Last Post: 12/03/2014 at 21:30

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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Last Post: 28/01/2014 at 19:59

dendrobium nobile care

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Last Post: 01/11/2013 at 21:11

Overwintering lilies

Lilies in pots. 
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Last Post: 09/03/2014 at 11:18

Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
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Last Post: 09/09/2013 at 23:58

Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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Last Post: 08/09/2013 at 14:05


Laid in April 
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