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Latest posts by KT53

New Lawnmower

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 19:08

If you want a mower for commercial use you really will tend to get what you pay for.  I've had 2 Mountfield mowers and both had their problems.  I bit the bullet and paid out for a Honda last year and it's been money well spent.  Better cut, easier to start etc.

I'm not using it commercially, but I purchased it from a garden machinery specialist and they said they sell more Hondas than any other make to commercial users.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 22:47

One gadget we had which wasn't useless and therefore obviously broke down and couldn't be replaced was a sandwich maker.  Unlike every other one I've seen it just sealed around the edged, it didn't cut the sandwich into triangle shapes.  It was brilliant for making fried egg toasties, any other make would chop the raw egg in half - not a good idea.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 13:06

"alcohol free wine / beer! !!!   Go and wash your mouth out this minute.  Using such disgusting language on an open forum. 

Hydrangea Advice

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 13:01

I thought one of my hydrangeas was dead last year.  All the others had masses of new growth but nothing at all on one.  It finally 'came to life' a full 6 weeks after the others.  I had nearly got to the stage of digging it up and taking it back to the garden centre - now that would have been embarrassing!

Will my orchid flower again?

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 12:58

If it has lost its flowers so quickly it's probably too warm and too dry where it is.  We would expect flowers on our orchids to last an absolute minimum of 2 months from the opening of the first bud to the closing of the last, and would be disappointed at that short a timescale.

How often did you water it and just as importantly, how did you water it?

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 08:46

If you look around our house you'd probably agree with "Just about every piece of exercise equipment ever made".  I've generally expended more calories putting the ****** things together than using them

Orchids - getting them to flower again

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 08:39

Ours seem to thrive on neglect.  After they've finished flowering we cut the flower stem back to a couple of nodes above the base and we stand them outside during the summer months.  We put them in large trays on gravel & filled with water, out of direct sunlight, and spray from a hose about once a week.  We've had strong new flower stems on nearly all of them.

wind proofing fences

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 21:01

If the panels are old it's possible they have shrunk over time as they dried out and are no longer a snug fit between the concrete posts.  That could certainly explain why they keep blowing out. 

Recommendation for extendable loppers

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 22:43

Even ratchet loppers can jam, and when they do it's a b***** of a job to get them free again.  To be fair, they don't jam very often.

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:49

"bag up for the bin men to take, they are supposed to take up to 5 bags per week garden waste."

Can I bring my green waste to you please?  We have to pay £36 per year for the privilege of having our garden waste taken away!

Discussions started by KT53

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. 
Replies: 3    Views: 331
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: 333
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
Replies: 4    Views: 446
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 
Replies: 6    Views: 465
Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 21:31

Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
Replies: 7    Views: 550
Last Post: 12/03/2014 at 21:30

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

Cats and their calling cards. 
Replies: 45    Views: 2909
Last Post: 28/01/2014 at 19:59

dendrobium nobile care

Replies: 4    Views: 687
Last Post: 01/11/2013 at 21:11

Overwintering lilies

Lilies in pots. 
Replies: 16    Views: 2548
Last Post: 09/03/2014 at 11:18

Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
Replies: 3    Views: 512
Last Post: 09/09/2013 at 23:58

Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
Replies: 2    Views: 415
Last Post: 08/09/2013 at 14:05
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