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Latest posts by KT53

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.

Favourite biscuit?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 18:26

Bourbon are the only 'cream' biscuits I like.  Shortbread, plain choc digestives, choc Hobnobs, Garibaldi (flies graveyards - do they still make them?)

Border or digging spade

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:36

Border versions.  Big 'uns are great for open spaces and digging over veggie plots.  Border are more practical if you're working between plants or in restricted spaces.

New Gardener - Big Garden

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:33

The set I have are the Dorling Kindersley RHS books.  Titles - What plant When, Plants for Places, Gardening Month by Month and Plants for Every Season.  The content does overlap in places but, depending on the reason you're looking they complement each other nicely.  For a beginner I'd probably say Month by Month and any one of the others would be a good start point.  They are physically small books and will fit into a large pocket.

New Gardener - Big Garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:15

Don't cut anything back unless it's getting in your way.  Get yourself a few gardening books and try to find the various plants in there.  There is a range of RHS books (nearly said NHS!) at £9.99 which should be available at your local Waterstones which I find invaluable.

You also need to practice your most pathetic look, and take some cuttings to your local nursery or garden centre and ask them to help identify them.  Tell them you're a complete newbie and haven't got a clue.  Most are extremely helpful.


Posted: 21/03/2015 at 18:35

I'm not a fan of tattoos either.  I can see the beauty of some of the artwork but would prefer it on canvas!  There's a young lady where I work who is covered in them.  Originally done to cover extensive scarring on both arms from self harming, she had them all laser removed a few years ago but now has a new set!  A lovely girl, but definitely also mentally unstable.  I wonder if tattoo studios should be allowed to work on people like her? 

For clarity, I'm not expressing an opinion of her mental state as her sister also works there and has talked about the problem many times.

Secateur review

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 19:07

I've had Felco secateurs for years too and never had any problems.

mantis tiller

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 19:05

I'm the wrong side of 60 now too and bought one last year.  Great bit of kit and I wouldn't want to be without it.  Lightweight but it has enough muscle to get in and do the job.

Discussions started by KT53

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Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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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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Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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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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****** 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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RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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