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Latest posts by KT53

One for the ladies. ......

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 08:19

You might be surprised at how easily side windows can be broken.  I've seen footage of tealeafs hitting side windows with very small stones and the window shattering.  Other than the windscreen, windows are more for keeping the weather out than anything else.

Dealing with garden waste

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 08:14

With a plot that size and overgrown I suspect you will have a few more trips to the recycling centre before you can implement an effective composting system.  Even shredded I think you will have far more material than you can cope with initially.

Could any of your neighbours make use of shredded material for their own compost heaps?

Return to the gardens of our grandmothers

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 09:23

My grandmother's garden was put over almost entirely to fruit and veg growing.  A few roses along one wall but that was about it. 

Garden Design Software

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 09:41

I've also tried a few and none of them have been worth the effort.

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.

Discussions started by KT53

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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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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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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