Latest posts by KT53

First bites of the year

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 08:33

If the midges bite me they seem to go off to warn their mates that I taste 'orrible.  My missus, on the other hand, is a midge and other flying beastie magnet.  She takes B compound tablets, starting a few days before we travel along with anti-histamine tablets.  This definitely reduces the number of times she gets bitten and her reaction to the bites she does suffer.

Avon Skin so Soft is brilliant for detering midges.  Mythology has it that British Army squaddies discovered that it repelled bugs, although I haven't seen any explanation of why they were using it in the first place!


Posted: 27/05/2016 at 08:27

I have to admit that I enjoyed Thursday nights programme more than any of the previous ones.  Only down side was a concrete block with plants hidden inside getting Best Small Show Garden!

New large shed needed - help and advice much appreciated!

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 17:35

I should have said, the price I mentioned was delivered and erected.  Good quality sheds are heavy and ideally should be erected professionally.


Posted: 26/05/2016 at 14:59

I don't mind the celeb interviews when they are clearly keen on gardening as a couple of them have been.  To interview celebs who then state they basically don't know and don't care about gardening is utterly ridiculous.

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 08:09

I'll start the countdown to the explosion re waffling non-gardeners on the show.  10, 9, 8.....

Sorry can't wait for the rest of the countdown.  I agree totally.  "Publicity seeking luvvie wastes precious time on CFS programmes" doesn't have much of a ring to it as a headline though.


Posted: 26/05/2016 at 08:05

And now we have the fuss about an all male judging panel.  The fact that the vast majority of garden designers are male (as mentioned during a previous programme) and that, according to the head judge when he was being ignored by Joe Swift, those women who are available to the judging panel were actually creating gardens this year, has been totally ignored in the search for cheap controversy.

Talk about wanting to have your cake and eat it.  Complain about the lack of femal designers, and then effectively complain because they are designing and not judging!

Water feature

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 07:58

At Chelsea I suspect they are using some pretty powerful filtration systems.  They also only have to keep the water clear for a few days and can presumably change the water if they need to.  Some also add colourants to the water to make it reflect better.

Lawn Mower advice

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 15:25

16-30 square metres is pretty small.  30 square metres is only an area 6 metres by 5 metres, or roughly 20 feet by 16 feet in old money.  You aren't going to need, or want, anything too large for areas like that.  If you can get something with a rear roller, rather than a wheel at each corner, it will be easier to mow right up to the edges if there are flower borders to contend with.


Posted: 25/05/2016 at 11:57

For me the main problems with TV coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show are repetition of the same footage time and again, and more time spent talking to celebs than showing and discussing plants and the gardens.

I can understand repeating some of the afternoon content in the evening but then recycling it the following day is excessive.

Lawn Mower advice

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 11:53

The vast majority of petrol mowers are 4 stroke.  2 stroke is a pain in the proverbial, having to worry about fuel / oil mix etc. I can't say I've ever thought about fuel consumption, but I have a total of about 300 square yards to mow, mow typically every week to 10 days through the summer, and don't get through more than a couple of gallons per season.

My neighbour has just bought a GTech battery mower and loves it.  It's much lighter than her old petrol mower so far easier for her to handle.  It was however £300.

I've had a lot of trouble with lower priced petrol mowers and would personally avoid them.  If you can stretch the budget I would recommend looking at the Honda range.

What you haven't stated is the area of lawn you need to mow.  Typically a battery mower is only good for about 40 minutes mowing before needing to recharge.  That takes up to 5 hours and a spare battery would be around £70.

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