Latest posts by KT53

Using breathable membrane

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 12:16

Are you planning to plant through the membrane and are effectively using the stones as cover for the membrane, or is it an area you don't currently plan to use and want to tidy it up?

New petrol strimmer use

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 22:33
scroggin says:

I think you've answered your own question Dazzyboy. 

See original post

 Assuming Dazzyboy is a fella, like me, he probably hadn't bothered to RTFM until it was suggested

What has happened to me?

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 22:31

One of the great benefits of catching 'gardenitis' is that you can sit out in garden in the evening, beer in hand doing naff all.  When your nearest and dearest ask what you are doing you just say 'planning the garden' and take another slurp.

New petrol strimmer use

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 19:07

It's entirely possible that McCulloch have made more than one 2 stroke engine and one uses 40:1 and the other 50:1.  As you purchased new I would expect it to come with an user manual - what does it say in there?

Raised beds .... treated or untreated wood?

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 09:07

Untreated wood will rot away in a very short time.  Use pressure treated timber and, if you're worried about contamination, line it with plastic to avoid contact with the soil.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 17:40
AnniD says:


The other thing is the RHS want to encourage young gardeners which I'm all in favour of, but don't forget the old farts who pay their membership & are just as important.

Feel better now - it must be the heat !


Last edited: 28 May 2017 16:37:18

See original post

 The 'Old Farts' being just as important is one thing, the 'Old Farts' completely ruling the roost and not giving a damn about anybody else is another.  It's a mentality you see in so many long established organisation such as the FA, MCC, Wimbledon.  The 'Old Farts' see it as their sole domain and woe betide anybody who tries to change anything.

The main reason we stopped going to the Shrewsbury Show was the attitude of members - and not just the older ones in that instance.  We actually saw people literally shoved out of the way because they were stood in front of the entrance to the members area.  No 'excuse me' or 'may I get past', and when the people complained the response was 'You're blocking the entrance'.  The final straw was seeing a couple who looked to be in their late 70's or 80's being berated for thinking they could get into the showground when they saw others doing so.  The guy on the gate (complete with member's badge swinging from his lapel) shouted at them that they weren't members so get back in the queue.  Totally unacceptable.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 16:06

When I saw the comment about £100 tickets I thought somebody was joking - sadly they weren't.  Reading an article in one newspaper and it referenced afternoon tickets with a face value of £41 selling for £190, it's utterly mad.  When we went there for our first, and last visit, many years ago it was impossible to see the show gardens by mid-day, and food and drink was eye wateringly expensive.

There are clearly plenty of people around with either more money than sense who must be seen at these events, or lots get tickets as part of a hospitality package and probably don't know one end of a plant from the other!

I don't dispute that there are people who are prepared to pay those prices, but for anybody who has to travel any distance it's surely out of reach for most.  If my wife and I wanted to attend it would cost at least £500 when travel and other costs are factored in.

Slugs / snails and Hostas

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 15:39

I've tried a few solutions to try to stop slugs and snails having my hostas for lunch, never with complete success.

This year I've applied copper tape to all the pots and, although it's still quite early days, not one has been attacked.  I would provide a word of caution though - when flattening the tape down use gloves.  The edges of the tape are extremely sharp and I didn't realise I'd shredded a couple of finger tips until I notices blood running down my hand!

Burnt grass after using weed and moss killer

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 12:30

I'm guessing that the 'rust' spots are a reaction of one of the components of the treatment with water.  If it's any consolation I have the same problem with some of the slabs set into my lawn.  I meant to go down and sweep the fertiliser off them  but never got round to it.  Then it rained.....  'rust spots' which will probably fade over time but I haven't managed to get rid of them yet.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 28/05/2017 at 09:21

When they have programmes in the afternoon and the evening there is likely to be a lot of repetition.  I presume the expectation is that people will watch one or the other.  They don't realise that the old gits can watch both.  Either that, or they think we'll have forgotten that we watched the afternoon one by the time we see the evening one.

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