Latest posts by KT53

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 10:27

I have no problem with dogs being allowed into gardens, but I think the idea of taking them to garden shows is utterly ridiculous.  It's bad enough constantly having to avoid the boxes on wheels which have become so popular lately.  The thought of falling over, or standing on, a dog is far worse.  The wheeled boxes can't bite back when you kick them out of the way.

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 08/06/2017 at 08:03
wakeshine says:

Gosh. Reading all this is awful. Don't want to take my cousin to this now! She's only in the UK for a fortnight and don't want any bad or annoying experiences for her. Does anyone know if I'll be able to get a refund? I'm calling them first thing tomorrow. 

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 I would think a refund highly unlikely unless they decide to cancel the show, which is even more unlikely.

Traffic chaos - Chatsworth!!

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 22:23

With forecasts for heavy rain again tomorrow and Saturday I very much doubt things will get any better as far as access to, and on, the site.  Assuming the carparks are fields they are likely to be impassable after 2 days of cars trying to get on and off.

Some years ago they had similar weather at Malvern and almost every car had to be towed out of the car park, ourselves included.  We'd got in OK, but there is a slope on the main parking field and everybody needed to go up it to get out.

Best weed membrane for horsetail

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 14:06

In one of the other threads on the subject of horsetails, I read that the don't like lime.  If you're not planning to plant that area it might be worth spreading garden lime at max recommended dose before laying a heavy duty membrane.  The fleecy type start to break up within a year or so, as I know to my cost.

Babies nappies in compost

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 17:33

I've never had to buy nappies, but is it really cheaper to use 'fresh' nappies than to buy water retaining gel for the pots?

Pond Treatment use by nick bailey

Posted: 04/06/2017 at 18:33
Pete8 says:

I use a product called Cloverleaf and have done for about 20yrs.

afaik, it's basically diatomaceous earth and which covers algae and prevents sunlight getting to it. The pond looks like milk for the 1st 24hrs then clear in a few days.
I dosed my pond in March and the water is crystal clear, no blanket weed whatsoever and I can see the bottom of the pond at 30"
I do get clumps of moss-like stuff growing on the pipework and slate waterfall but I just net them out every few weeks when I see them - takes 5 mins

Photo taken just now

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 That's not what was being used on GW.  It was referred to as a blue dye which prevents light penetration.  I would have the same concerns as others have expressed, although it may be a case that it prevents certain wavelengths of light getting through.  Slightly off-topic, but reference was made to the pond overflowing, but as it's under tree canopy I can't imagine that happening very often.

Linin terracotta pots with plastic bags

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 08:12

I would cut the bottom of the bag out rather than rip it, for the reasons you suggest.  Lining will certainly reduce the amount of evaporation.

Monty's potting scoop

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 15:10

I'd check local stock before you go.  B&Q have a lot more on-line than they hold in store!  (Voice of experience )

fixing trellis

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 18:50

If it's your neighbours fence you can't fix anything to it, or grow anything up it, without their permission.  With concrete posts the easiest way to create supports is to run wires horizontally across, there are wire eyes available which clamp to the posts and don't do any damage - again agreement from the neighbour is required.

Weed - Mares tail

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 18:46

There are loads of threads on the same subject.  The basic answer is that there isn't a quick way to get rid of them.  There's a chemical treatment called Kurtail which some people say works well, another suggestion is adding lime to the soil.

My method, which keeps them at bay for a year or so, is to trample on them then spray with Roundup or SBK brushwood killer.  Even that is only a temporary solution.  If the numbers are small, repeatedly pulling  each stem is said to weaken the growth.

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