Latest posts by KT53

Stinky plant

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:12

Flowering currant (ribes) also stinks when wet.  Known as "cat's pee plant" by my mother!!

Spring is finally here!

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 09:01

To misquote Eric Morecambe - We are getting all the seasons, just not necessarily in the correct order.


Posted: 12/09/2016 at 08:59

If the headline had said "Joining the team of regular contributors" instead of "the new presenter" I would agree that there is no ambiguity.  The full article does make it clear that Monty remains the core of the programme. It was the use of "The new presenter" which to many, myself included, suggested a single individual who would be 'in charge' of the show.

In the current format I would suggest that Monty is 'the presenter' whilst Carol et al are regular contributors.

Removing an old Ceanothus

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 21:24

Leaving a good length of trunk / stem makes the job a lot easier as once a few roots have been cut it's generally then possible to get additional movement by rocking it back and forth.  Best done when there's no audience.

When I was removing a couple of conifers I cut it back, dug round, chopped a few roots etc.  As there were a couple of branch stumps a foot or so from the bottom I thought I'd get extra leverage if I stood on them to rock it back and forwards.  I don't know if it's true of all conifers, but I quickly discovered that the roots were very shallow and it was very unstable with just a few roots cut.  As soon as it started to rock, all the roots decided to give way at the same time.  I ended up on my back cuddling 6 feet of conifer trunk.

Thankfully I was in the back garden.


Posted: 11/09/2016 at 13:52

The headline is a bit different to the content.  The headline implies / strongly suggests that Adam Frost is taking over Gardeners World by referring to him as "The new presenter".  The article itself simply refers to him as joining the team.

Time will tell as to which interpretation is the more accurate.

im so glad that gw is on for 1h

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 09:05

I thought the contrast between the 2 gardeners with the 'tropical' gardeners was interesting too.  The one in Torquay just used the common names for most of his plants, whereas the London one used botanical names far more.  I suppose you could call the first guy a plant fan and the other a plantsman.

Neither is wrong, just two totally different attitudes.


Posted: 10/09/2016 at 22:21

Irrespective of who fronts the show it would be nice if there were regular updates on Adam Frost's garden over the years.  As we all know, it's going to take years to develop fully.

What if Monty has slowed down?  It happens to us all.  He's not all that much younger than me, but he moves a heck of a lot better!

Recommendation for Lawn Edging

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 22:15
Verdun says:

when I put in the concrete I created gaps .....plastic sheets which meant lengths or curves can be easily detached .  the chisel simply helps with the separation.??

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 The use of plastic to separate sections of the concrete is inspired!  As you say, easy to remove a damaged section or if you want to change the line, and it leaves a neat edge to work to.

Recommendation for Lawn Edging

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 22:12
Verdun says:

KT53,  you like your plastic or metal edging ....for me it is awful  !   Plastic disintegrates; metal is sharp and rusts and never looks right.  . Some of your edging "is still solid"??  All mine is "solid" .  Yours need replacing.  Mine don't.  My bespoke concrete edging suits my needs perfectly.

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 To be honest I'd prefer not to use edging, but when I did need to use something I could only afford plastic.  The one I got I bought from B&Q and it did a perfectly adequate job, that job being to stop the grass running into the borders.  I've ripped it out now because I've had the front lawn removed.  The plastic edging was still flexible, which I was actually quite surprised by.  I haven't reused it as B&Q no longer do the same stuff and I would need a lot more if I was to edge the lawn in the back garden.  I can't afford over 200 feet of good quality metal edging so using it in the future is pretty irrelevant.  I don't like the look of concrete edging between lawn and border, so really it's down to individual choice.

Most of the metal edging I have seen is designed to be set slightly below the grass level, so if installed properly should barely be visible.  I don't like the corrugated plastic, or corrugated metal edging as I don't see how you can possibly get a decent edge to the lawn with either.

I suppose the irony is that the edging against the front borders is now block paving, which like your concrete won't need replacing. 


Posted: 10/09/2016 at 22:01

The best way to deal with the roots really depends on the size of the roots and whether they go down or spread sideways.  What has worked well for me in the past is to leave about 3 foot of trunk to use as a lever, dig the soil away around the stump until I reach root, then I generally start cutting the roots on one side with an axe and use the trunk as a lever to loosen the roots.

As you have already cut down to ground level, I think the best way would still be to dig all round to expose the roots then cut through them either with loppers, a pruning saw or an axe depending on root size.  You may still need to dig under the root ball to loosen the entire thing to remove it.

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