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Latest posts by KT53

Have I killed my hydrangea?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 09:39

All my hydrangeas have put out new buds but they are in fairly well protected areas o the garden in the West of England.  If you're worried you could cut one stem fairly hard back to see if there is any life in it.

Fishy's 'pleasant reminders of schooldays. Not !!!

Posted: 03/04/2015 at 12:41

Plenty of memories, some good and some not.

'Penny stales' from the baker's shop outside our school.  They were the buns and cakes left from the previous day - perfectly edible but wouldn't be bought by anybody but kids!

Mr Hutchens.  My teacher at primary school for 2 years.  The kids would have run through fire to follow him.  Wonderful teacher.

Attending a rural primary school where they still used slates and chalk and the head bragged about never getting "Any RAF kid" through the 11+.  Far from good memories there!  My brother having to walk to and from school because he was over 8 and the distance under 3 miles.  There was no normal bus running in time to get to the school and we didn't have a car.  All the older RAF kids had to walk!

Neighbours Conifer

Posted: 31/03/2015 at 17:18

If it's just one tree, and doesn't overhang your boundary, there is nothing you can do about it.

Xhose - Expandable hose - any good?

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 14:30

The advertising for Xhose emphasises the fact that it gets rid of the water in it and won't freeze etc over winter.  It would seem that it does have problem just like standard hoses.

As far as I'm concerned a standard hose has done the job perfectly adequately for me over the past 35+ years and I see no reason to change.  I keep it on a reel and it winds back on very well.  If I have had a leak develop in the past it has been a simple task to cut the hose and put a connector in.  You can't do that with an Xhose.


Posted: 29/03/2015 at 14:25

I wouldn't bother trying to get the petrol mower fixed.  It will cost more than buying a new electric one.  You don't need anything very powerful for what is a comparatively small lawn.


Posted: 25/03/2015 at 19:02

Beechwood always seems aimed at the ordinary gardener whereas GW can, on occasion, seems to lose that contact.

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 18:26

Bourbon are the only 'cream' biscuits I like.  Shortbread, plain choc digestives, choc Hobnobs, Garibaldi (flies graveyards - do they still make them?)

Border or digging spade

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:36

Border versions.  Big 'uns are great for open spaces and digging over veggie plots.  Border are more practical if you're working between plants or in restricted spaces.

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.

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Clear timber preservatives

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No idea by what! 
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Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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.... what a disappointment 
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Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
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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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