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Latest posts by KT53

Repotting an Orchid

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 22:09

It's unlikely that a Phalaenopsis orchid will need repotting after just a few months.  'Looking poorly' and dropping flowers is most likely down to either under, or more likely, over watering.  They ideally do want to be in clear pots although it's not essential.

How often have you been watering it, and how have you been watering it?

Is lawn edging popular?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:05

I should add that our soil is very light and the edge of the lawn tends to collapse easily if you step too close.  Even good lawn growth doesn't stop that happening.  That's one of the reasons I'm considering edging of some kind.  Also lawn edging doesn't mean you have to stick with straight borders.  Metal or plastic edging will form curves.

Is lawn edging popular?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 11:59

I'm still considering whether to use edging or not.  Everedge is expensive but has the advantage over Smartedge that it can be set just below the lawn level, so the lawn doesn't need to be completely level.

Any permanent edging is obviously only practical once the border has been decided on as you clearly can't easily change the depth of the border once the edging has been installed.

As for being naff, I really don't understand the comment as either of the options above are invisible once the grass grows.  I don't like the edging options which stand proud of the grass because they make edging difficult.

Using 12mm & 13m hosepipes with 1/4 inch fittings

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 11:52

Thanks for the link.  I think I'll just remain confused for now.

Using 12mm & 13m hosepipes with 1/4 inch fittings

Posted: 10/09/2015 at 22:30

I'm obviously missing something but how can 1/4" fittings be for 1/2" hosepipe?

Plants I don't like (for no particular reason)

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 18:39

Only Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia), which for some unknown reason I absolutely hate.  The first house we moved into had loads in the garden and I took all the flowers off with a carving knife.  I went through the garden like a demented swordsman.

I can't stand the smell of hyacinth, but don't dislike them as plants.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 22:51

I just hope Daniel sticks with dancing.  The thought of him breaking into song is really too much to bear!!!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 21:25

The supposed live show on Saturday evening was a joke.  Claims that the celebs wouldn't know who their partners were until the 'live' show.  That being the case how come there was an article on a national newspaper's online site on Saturday morning saying that Katie Derham was teamed with Anton du Bek and she wasn't happy about it?  What are the chances of that being a lucky guess?

Gabions, retaining wall any other options please?

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 21:18

As the end of the garden is being eroded you will need determine what is causing the erosion before attempting any long term solution.  If the ground is sliding down a slope, the weight of gabions might simply make the problem worse.  It does need professional investigation.


Posted: 06/09/2015 at 21:13

If you can access to put on a gel surely you can spray weedkiller in there.  It will be much more effective than painting the leaves with the gel.

Discussions started by KT53

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

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: 548
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: 446
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? 
Replies: 5    Views: 458
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15
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