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Latest posts by KT53

Is this typical of screened topsoil? (pictures)

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 16:17

Unless you can check the quality before it's unloaded the supplier really holds all the cards.  When we had our garden done a load arrived and the guy doing our work sent it straight back because it looked much like the photo in this thread.  2nd delivery, from the same company, was fine.  Suggests intent on their part to deliver **** first and see if they get away with it.

Cornwall churchyard

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 18:45

Certainly an unfortunate event but mistakes happen.  The workers can't and shouldn't be expected to read every sign in the area they are working.  If the did they would never get the work done.

Cornwall churchyard

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:46

Can we have a link or a bit of explanation?

Water Retaining Crystals

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:45

Not easy to mulch hanging baskets

Can you successfully put a pond in a dry garden?

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:44

In such a large garden any preformed pond would look tiny.  They can also be absolute ******** to install.  Much better to go with a liner.  The pond will do much better in full sun than in the shade of trees but the trade off is that there will be evaporation.  If you have your own borehole and can get water to the pond from it you really shouldn't have any problem.  To be honest, I never had a problem when topping my pond up with tap water.  The fish actually used to swim into the current created by the water from the hose.

Weeds from surrounding field ruining garden

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 17:52

A few years ago farmers were criticised for ploughing all the way to the edge of their fields and not leaving wildlife areas.  Now they are leaving wildlife areas and are being criticised for that.

Has the OP always lived in the country or have they moved out there I wonder?

Cardboard Collar To Stop Caterpillars?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 16:32

I was thinking exactly the same thing Steve


Posted: 15/06/2015 at 16:30

On the BBC weather this morning they were saying that the South East of England has had something like 3% of the expected rainfall in about the last month.  That would certainly be low enough to make clay ground shrink and crack like that.

Garden Hose

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 22:12

Xhose and similar don't generally get good long term reviews.  They can't be repaired so even a minor incident can render them useless.  I've read of people cross threading the tap connector and the tap connector can't be replaced either.  Much more trouble than they are worth in my opinion.

garden center reduced price damaged plants

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 22:08

One of our local garden centres put massive reductions on plants which have passed their best.  That may simply be that they have passed their flowering period for the year, or they may have been stuck at the back of the display and gone very leggy.  Still good plants and, as I have a large garden to fill, have the potential to save me a fortune.

Discussions started by KT53

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

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

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
Replies: 7    Views: 438
Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
Replies: 3    Views: 378
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
Replies: 0    Views: 345
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
Replies: 5    Views: 373
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
Replies: 4    Views: 486
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
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