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Latest posts by KT53

Lawn mower, 55 and overs needed.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 18:14

Done.

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 14:58

Bookertoo, my gran used to call them lazy winds - they went straight through because they were too lazy to go round!

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:42

I live in Gloucestershire and can count on the fingers of 2 hands the number of times I've needed to de-ice the car.  It's been one of the mildest winters I can remember.  I have a lot of alstromerias in pots and the frost hasn't even caught them.

New shed - any tips?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:39

If you're making pottery I assume there's a kiln involved.  To be honest my first concern would be fireprooofing around that.  For insulation I would be inclined to use the type of panel mentioned in a previous post with something like marine ply on the inside.  If the shed has a pitched roof there will probably be a gap between the walls and the eaves of the roof so ventilation shouldn't be a major issue.  You could always add air vents near the bottom of the door to improve air flow.

Garden edging

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:32

I've used the plastic edging from B&Q.  It does the job for me and it's pretty sturdy.  I used a piece of timber and a lump hammer to get it just below the level of the grass and it's virtually invisible.  I looked at the metal edging but the cost is very high as I need about 200 feet of the stuff.

new lawn on compacted clay

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:28

To clarify, are you saying your garden is 6 to 7 feet lower than your neighbours?  That's how I'm interpreting your original post.  If so I think you may have a problem with water from surrounding properties draining down onto your garden.  Add compacted clay to the equation and you could soon have a free swimming pool rather than lawn.

When gardens fight back

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 22:33

The bruising is multi-coloured at the moment.  I haven't killed the elder, just a bit of drastic pollarding I call it.  Anyway, have you ever tried to actually kill one?  There are some branches growing from near the base so I plan to let them grow, but keep the overall height down so I can keep it under control without climbing ladders.

When gardens fight back

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 21:40

There was a big elder tree growing at the bottom of our garden. It was best part of 20' high and shaded our neighbours garden for most of the day and our own in the late afternoon.  I decided to do the neighbourly thing and chop it down.  Not too much of a problem chopping the branches off as elder is pretty soft wood.  I even cut off about the top 6 - 8' of the main trunk without problem.  By this level the trunk was about 8" in diameter and more difficult to cut through.  I finally managed to cut it about 90% through when it decided to commit suicide and fell over my shoulder!  I was standing on a ladder at the time and although it missed most of me, it smacked my calf on the way down.  That smarted a bit I can tell you, and I've got a beautiful bruise for my troubles.

The moral of the story - keep the **** thing from growing that high in the first place.

My moto is recycle my garden & pocket likes it

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 21:31

The only part of your plan that I can see a problem with is using the thick poles for a pergola.  Unless they are given time to dry out before cutting to size they will probably twist and distort in a short time.

grass cutting

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 15:19

"Wait until grass starts growing...", like Verdun, my grass hasn't stopped all through the winter.  It's too wet to cut at present but I'm certainly going to have to do successive cuts at different settings to get it back under control.

Discussions started by KT53

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 30/06/2015 at 18:31

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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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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