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Your recent gardening buys.

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 08:26

When I ordered my arbour I was told it would be 2 to 3 weeks for delivery, that was on the 7th of April.  Got back home at 8am on the 12th from dropping the missus at work, and it was waiting for me. 

Flat pack (obviously) in 2 packages.  My original thought had been to put it together and then decide on the preferred position for it. We know the general space we want to put it in but want to fine tune.  As I can just about lift the one pack, and have to drag the other, I think I'm going to have to rethink my strategy.

rods to make plant supports a la monty this week

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 08:22

The stuff Monty used is reinforcing rod as used in concrete flooring and retaining walls.  You might find it in some proper builders merchants, not places like Homebase, but more likely from a steel stockholder.

Put 'reinforcing rod' and your location into a search and it will show local suppliers.

Your recent gardening buys.

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 17:55
Tootles wrote (see)

Yes Fairygirl! I thought they were pulling my leg. I asked for 2m but got 2.4m! Not really sure I understand that bit but didn't want to look like a plonker so just agreed!!

The timber is pre-cut so generally it would be either 1.8 m (roughly 6') or 2.4 m (roughly 8').  They would have cut it to length if you needed them to.  Some years ago I needed 8"x2" timbers for raised beds and they happily cut them to the required lengths.

Oddly, in this country we normally refer to the larger measurement first e.g. 6 x 2, but the yanks do it the other way round 2 x 6.  Strange these colonials!


Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:05

Interestingly, I was watching the Beechgrove Garden on Sunday morning and Carol Baxter was saying that Phyllostachys Aurea isn't invasive, that it forms nice clumps and just throws out the occasional runner which can be cut off and removed.

If you can be dedicated enough to check for runners every few months she's probably right. 

Aucuba - can / how can I cut it back hard?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:01

You certainly can cut them back hard.  I used to prune mine with a hedge trimmer!

Compost fork

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:00

You can also get a sort of corkscrew device which you wind down into the heap and pull up.  Supposedly easier than turning the heap.

Heavy lifting

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:58

Wheeled pot stands is the solution that came to mind for me too.

Small wildlife pond

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 08:05

Every pond I've had has been filled with tap water at the beginning and topped up with tap water thereafter with no ill effects.  I certainly wouldn't pay for anything to add to the pond to "make it safe", it's simply not necessary.

Many moons ago I worked at a Garden Centre, in their pond and fish department.  The large holding tanks there were constantly fed with tap water.

Japanese knotweed

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 21:09

I haven't read the link, but would suggest contacting your local council pronto.

No Gardeners World and

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 09:39

The Beeb don't seem to be able to make up their minds how they are going to handle sport, what little they have left that is.  A while ago they were showing one of the major snooker tournaments on BBC2 and then moved it to the Red Button as it was reaching the final frames.  Why not just put the whole thing on there in the first place?

Same as other minority sports!

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late again 
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Probably shouldn't be surprised but...

dry / wet ground 
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EU bans glyphosate

nanny state again 
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Can you identify this please I don't have a scoobie 
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No Gardeners World and

it hasn't even been dumped for proper football! 
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"Sunken" area of lawn to raise it? 
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How do I add quotes from previous posts?

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When will people learn the difference...

between "metres square" and "square metres". 
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Apologies in advance...

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Chitting spuds

remove shoots or not. 
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Getting back into fruit & veg growing

any decent books? 
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Stuck for a plant idea

'memorial' plant 
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Last Post: 28/01/2016 at 21:24

If they could take their words back.

Latest GW 
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Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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