Latest posts by KT53

Snake bark maple

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 15:51

I'm looking for a tree to add some height and interest between our garden and that of our neighbour.  I want a tree that's fairly upright and won't cast a huge shadow on their garden.

The Snake bark maple Acer capillipes seems to fit the bill.  Does anybody have experience of it?


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 15:45

My suggestion remains unpopular with the cat people, and may even be illegal!!  Make a well know phrase or saying from 'gun' and 'shot'.  Just kidding, but only just.  I stopped them leaving their calling cards in my front lawn by digging it up and replacing it with gravel.

Buying a new shredder

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 13:17

I've got a JCB electric shredder, blade type, and have successfully used it for soft green material as well as woody.  The trick that works for me is to feed through a mixture of green and woody each time.  I'm not saying it never gets clogged but it's rare for me to have to unbung it more than once a day, even when used for extended periods. Unfortunately JCB don't seem to make shredders any more.

The only downside of the one I have is that the outlet is very low to the ground so I have to constantly move the shreddings away from the outlet.  I don't use a collection box on it, I stand it on a tarpaulin then gather up the corners and drag it down to the compost heap.


Posted: 26/08/2016 at 14:38

I can understand the concerns people have about asbestos, various chemicals etc, particularly if they have problems stemming from exposure, as seems to be the case with pansyface.

However, as the link to Bromley council website shows, there is absolutely minimal risk is sensible precautions are taken.  The council wouldn't be providing that guidance if there was a health risk to DIY removal.

As for glyphosate, there are studies which indicate there are  considerable health risks, and there are studies which contradict that.  Call me cynical, but I suspect vested interests on both sides and a reality somewhere between the two opinions.  Most gardeners only use weedkillers and other chemicals on an occasional basis which reduces the risk further.  Until there is solid evidence of a real health risk I will continue using chemical controls, with or without a facemask.

Poor cropping

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 08:53

Onions were planted in the spring.  I thought the weather might have had something to do with it. 

Poor cropping

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 08:28

I'm slowly getting back into veg growing after not doing any for years.  Runner bean crop is good but onion and new potato crops are terrible.

Onions have really put on very little growth, with few more than a couple of inches across and most considerably less.  Spud crop again poor and what did grow broke up badly when boiled.  Going from solid to flour in a couple of minutes.  I can't remember the variety but the pack did say ideal for boiling.

The ground had been used for many years by my neighbour, who sadly died in January this year.  Ground had been dug over and had compost etc added last winter.  Spuds and onions planted where broad beans had grown last year.

Any thoughts on why results may have been so poor?


Posted: 25/08/2016 at 08:21

I don't use a mask when spraying weed killer and similar stuff.  Just avoid doing it on a windy day, and stand up wind so any overspray blows away from you.

For other situations such as the asbestos, I would use the same as Celandonsusan.

Runner beans pests

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 08:15

I had problems with birds taking the flowers.  I netted over the canes to stop the birds getting to them but now have problems accessing the beans because the netting has the plants tangled through it!

Can't win

Pruning buddleia davidii

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:47

Dead flower heads on the buddleia are looking scruffy.  As it's a pretty tough plant would I be doing any harm if I cut the flowering stems back at present?

I know to hard prune in spring.

Gravel Patio query

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 18:05

We just had gravel laid in our front garden.  They dug out to 125mm, laid membrane then 100 mm of compacted aggregate, covered with 25mm of 20 mm gravel.  All depths approximate.  If we hadn't wanted it to a standard which would permit parking a car on it, they said they could have got away with 50 mm of aggregate.

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