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Latest posts by KT53

Compassion yes....but get real folksThe

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 16:06

Immigration levels are a problem currently.  Even the German government who, it could be argued, created much of the difficulty with their "Come one, come all" attitude, have acknowledge the fact.

If / when proper checks are implemented at the point of arrival in the EU it might be a different story.  Genuine refugees need and deserve help.  Economic migrants need to be stopped at the border and sent home to complete the necessary documentation before they travel.

We can't simply let any and every person who wants to come for a 'better life' do so at will.  If we (and by that I mean countries in general) have an excess of jobs then let people come to fill them.  If we have unemployment then make the unemployed already working here take the jobs.

Shed Size help

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 15:57

Permitted Development, ie development without planning permission is about 10% of the original square footage and I would guess (I emphasise guess) that the local authority would use that as a rule of thumb before getting involved.

A cousin of mine took exception to a large timber shed/summer house built by a neighbour but was told by her LA that because is it a 'temporary' structure i.e can be take down, they basically weren't interested.

Driveway costs?

Posted: 09/01/2016 at 09:49

What on earth is 'smart gravel' - other than a smart marketing trick that is?  All the gravel I've ever seen came out of a hole in the ground.  If it was smart it would have avoided the excavator and stayed put

If they could take their words back.

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 22:21

I've been reading the latest Gardeners World over Christmas and I suspect one or two of the contributors are wishing they could take back some of what they've written.

Monty, for example, berates the use of colour coded extreme weather warnings saying that there's no such thing as bad weather, just people not being prepared enough.  I'd like to see him saying that to the people of Cumbria now.

Another article talks about the garden becoming dormant in the cold weather between November and February.  Yeah, right.  I think we've had one frost so far and most days temperatures have been in the 50s fahrenheit, 10+ Celcius.

I know the mag goes to press weeks in advance, but maybe a little more care with statements would be a good idea.

What's the best app?

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 22:13

Over the years I've looked at a number of garden design packages and haven't found any of them to be any good.  I'm sure there must be professional software out there but that's out of my price range.

Graph paper works well.

Strange forces at work

Posted: 28/12/2015 at 10:23

It's a scientifically proven fact that items of clothing which aren't worn for an extended period shrink.  This phenomenon is accelerated during the winter months for summer wear, and during the summer months for winter clothes.

The cause of the phenomenon is as yet undetermined.


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 10:20

Cheapest would probably be using slabs as stepping stones.  Just cut the turf away and drop the slabs in place.  As long as they aren't getting heavy traffic they should be fine.  Slabs are available in all sorts of finishes and colours so you should be able to find something suitable.

Floods in the NW

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 19:13

We had planned to drive up to Scotland from the West of England on Boxing Day.  Thankfully I believed the weather forecasts and cancelled the trip.  We would have been driving right through the middle of Lancashire & Cumbria during the worst of the weather.

All we've had is a disappointment from not meeting up with relatives.  For those living through it 2 or even 3 times in a month is must be totally soul destroying.

Do I Need A Boundary Fence?

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 13:43

I'll match your 2 fences and raise you 1

We have the original chain link fence at the bottom of the garden.  Then the neighbour at the back built a decorative block wall just inside his boundary.  When he moved, the new occupant built a wooden fence in his side of the block one.  I can only assume he didn't think the block one was very decorative after all.

I did get a letter stuck through my door telling me that the tree in my garden was blocking the light into his garden and that I should cut it down.  If it had been my tree I would have told him to go away (polite version) as he hadn't had the decency to speak to me about it.  In fact it is growing between the chain link fence and the block wall on his property, so it's his problem.  Only difficulty he has is that he can't get at it because of the fence .

Had he been decent with me I would have happily cut it down for him, but now there is no chance.


Posted: 12/12/2015 at 18:14

Being brutally honest, all Christmas means to me is the opportunity to have a few days away from work and a job I hate!  Thankfully I retire in a couple of months anyway.

Discussions started by KT53

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

any decent books? 
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Last Post: 03/02/2016 at 22:14

Stuck for a plant idea

'memorial' plant 
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Last Post: 28/01/2016 at 21:24

If they could take their words back.

Latest GW 
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Last Post: 03/01/2016 at 22:46

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? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56
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