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Latest posts by KT53

New Gardener - Big Garden

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:33

The set I have are the Dorling Kindersley RHS books.  Titles - What plant When, Plants for Places, Gardening Month by Month and Plants for Every Season.  The content does overlap in places but, depending on the reason you're looking they complement each other nicely.  For a beginner I'd probably say Month by Month and any one of the others would be a good start point.  They are physically small books and will fit into a large pocket.

New Gardener - Big Garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:15

Don't cut anything back unless it's getting in your way.  Get yourself a few gardening books and try to find the various plants in there.  There is a range of RHS books (nearly said NHS!) at £9.99 which should be available at your local Waterstones which I find invaluable.

You also need to practice your most pathetic look, and take some cuttings to your local nursery or garden centre and ask them to help identify them.  Tell them you're a complete newbie and haven't got a clue.  Most are extremely helpful.


Posted: 21/03/2015 at 18:35

I'm not a fan of tattoos either.  I can see the beauty of some of the artwork but would prefer it on canvas!  There's a young lady where I work who is covered in them.  Originally done to cover extensive scarring on both arms from self harming, she had them all laser removed a few years ago but now has a new set!  A lovely girl, but definitely also mentally unstable.  I wonder if tattoo studios should be allowed to work on people like her? 

For clarity, I'm not expressing an opinion of her mental state as her sister also works there and has talked about the problem many times.

Secateur review

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 19:07

I've had Felco secateurs for years too and never had any problems.

mantis tiller

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 19:05

I'm the wrong side of 60 now too and bought one last year.  Great bit of kit and I wouldn't want to be without it.  Lightweight but it has enough muscle to get in and do the job.

troublesome felines!

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 14:12

I have a bigger problem with them leaving their messages on the lawn.  If anybody has a solution to this one I'd love to hear it, particularly as the use of a shotgun doesn't seem to be approved of by most people here.

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 14:10

Removing anything from gardens without permission is simply not acceptable.  Foraging for food is somewhat different but I would still check with landowners first.  The one area I don't see a problem with is picking blackberries or similar if you are on a public right of way. 

Help rejuvenating a water lily.

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 20:29

All you need is the growing tip with a few buds and some roots.  Haul out all the rest of the 'trunks' and dispose of them.  They aren't really much use for anything.

Removing a lawn and starting again

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 20:26

We had a lawn of almost exactly the dimensions of yours, with similar problems.  I wasn't up to doing it myself so got somebody in to do it.  They did rotovate the whole area - 3 times. Up and down, across and then up and down again to break the soil and grass up really well.  Thoroughly levelled and firmed and then turfed.  That was done in June, far from an ideal time but we kept it well watered and everything is good now.

Turfing is obviously dearer than seeding but the practicalities of getting round the garden if it was all seeded made it a no-brainer for us.

Help rejuvenating a water lily.

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 15:37

You can cut the vast majority of the 'trunk' off.  As long as you have the buds and a small amount of root to replant they will do fine.

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

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Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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.... what a disappointment 
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Is partial shade OK 
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I had to chuckle

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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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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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