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Latest posts by KT53

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 14:10

Removing anything from gardens without permission is simply not acceptable.  Foraging for food is somewhat different but I would still check with landowners first.  The one area I don't see a problem with is picking blackberries or similar if you are on a public right of way. 

Help rejuvenating a water lily.

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 20:29

All you need is the growing tip with a few buds and some roots.  Haul out all the rest of the 'trunks' and dispose of them.  They aren't really much use for anything.

Removing a lawn and starting again

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 20:26

We had a lawn of almost exactly the dimensions of yours, with similar problems.  I wasn't up to doing it myself so got somebody in to do it.  They did rotovate the whole area - 3 times. Up and down, across and then up and down again to break the soil and grass up really well.  Thoroughly levelled and firmed and then turfed.  That was done in June, far from an ideal time but we kept it well watered and everything is good now.

Turfing is obviously dearer than seeding but the practicalities of getting round the garden if it was all seeded made it a no-brainer for us.

Help rejuvenating a water lily.

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 15:37

You can cut the vast majority of the 'trunk' off.  As long as you have the buds and a small amount of root to replant they will do fine.

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 17:54

I'm already registered with TPS, have been for years, but we still get the cold calls.  Possibly fewer than if we weren't registered but who knows?

I actually had a cold call a few days ago from a company which claims it can stop cold callers!  I did suggest that they might like to go away, just not that politely.

Making a raised bed

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 18:09

Doors will make very deep beds unless you're able to cut them down.  A raised bed for veg doesn't need to be more than about 9" deep.

Sadly, a lesson not learned!

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:09

If you can see gnaw marks on the seat adjustor is suggests something rather larger than a mouse I'm afraid.  You do need to get a trap in the car as soon as possible.

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:14


So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 14:58

Bookertoo, my gran used to call them lazy winds - they went straight through because they were too lazy to go round!

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:42

I live in Gloucestershire and can count on the fingers of 2 hands the number of times I've needed to de-ice the car.  It's been one of the mildest winters I can remember.  I have a lot of alstromerias in pots and the frost hasn't even caught them.

Discussions started by KT53

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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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

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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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? 
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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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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

Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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Last Post: 12/03/2014 at 21:30

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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Last Post: 28/01/2014 at 19:59

dendrobium nobile care

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