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Latest posts by KT53

Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 18:10

The garden certainly looks wide enough to accommodate an island bed.  Just be careful not to make the walkways too narrow.

Building New Raised Bed

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 13:28

I'm guessing 6 foot each way.  You could fill the bottom 6 to 9 inches with rubble or poor quality soil and complete with top soil.  If you use rubble be prepared to have to add more soil once the initial fill has had a chance to settle. 

Mare's Tail

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:02

If you are going to try weedkiller you need to crush the stems first.  Either by walking on them or cruching up by hand.  That helps to break the surface of the stems and lets the weedkiller in.

Possibly not an option for an established border, but I'm currently working on a plot about 25 x 15 ft which doesn't have any planting.  I'm using a garden fork to get as deep as possible and going through each clump by hand to remove as much as I can.  Our soil is light so, before this rain!, it was easy to crumble the soil off the MT and find roots left behind.  I'm under no illusion that it will completely eradicate the problem but I will hopefully be able to keep regrowth under control then.  It is a big job though.

what is this fly

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 15:03

Don't worry about it Ken.  What's done is done and there are many who are quick to judge others too!

Fibre-glass switchers - your personal experience please

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 17:29

No personal experience of them, but a guy on Gardeners World, who is obsessive about his lawn uses one.  From that I guess that it works well.

Different coloured wooden sleepers when wet?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 16:56

I suspect the concern is about whether some have absorbed a lot of water and, if so, should they have done.  I wouldn't expect treated timber to change colour as much as shown in the photo's, assuming they were all the same colour before the rain.

Certainly none of the sleepers used for my raised beds do so.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 20:08

For the area you have to do it might be worth hiring something more powerful than a Mantis if you want to avoid a manual 'winter dig'.  If you're happy to do that winter dig by hand then the Mantis will certainly do the job in the spring to break up the remaining lumps.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 16:36

The Mantis can jump around a bit until you get used to handling it as it doesn't have the weight of a full size rotovator.  I've never had a problem starting it though.  The place I bought it showed me the technique, which is to open the choke, give 2 pulls with the choke open (it starts and then cuts out), close the choke and 1 pull starts it properly.  Sounds like a faff about but quickly becomes 2nd nature.  I was also told to leave it idling for a minute before starting to use it.  Obeying that advice and never had any problem.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:34

The walking backwards bit did take some getting used to but once you learn the technique it does work well.  You can you is moving forwards but it tends to create piles of earth doing it that way.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:47

I've got one and it's the best investment I've made in years.  It is a modern 4 stroke model (I understand some of the older one's are 2 stroke and can be problematic), very easy to start, extremely quiet (my neighbour didn't realise it was running whilst I was chatting to him) and light to carry around. 

Stones haven't caused any damage, it either bounces off them or the catch between the tines - a quick whack with a hammer gets them back out easily enough. 

Our ground is quite light, I don't know if it would manage clay soil.  I've used it both for preparing the soil by deep digging and for loosening weeds.  The depth it digs to is different depending on which way round you fit the 'cutters'. 

I also purchased an attachment for edging the lawn.  A new lawn had been laid quite recently and the idea of edging well over 200 feet of border by hand held no great appeal.  With the edger I had the lot done in about 10 minutes.

I also use it now to dig over my neighbours veggie plot.  He finds digging it over hard work now at 77.  My neighbour on the other side has used a Mantis for years and it's still going strong.

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? 
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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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