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Latest posts by KT53

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 21:25

The supposed live show on Saturday evening was a joke.  Claims that the celebs wouldn't know who their partners were until the 'live' show.  That being the case how come there was an article on a national newspaper's online site on Saturday morning saying that Katie Derham was teamed with Anton du Bek and she wasn't happy about it?  What are the chances of that being a lucky guess?

Gabions, retaining wall any other options please?

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 21:18

As the end of the garden is being eroded you will need determine what is causing the erosion before attempting any long term solution.  If the ground is sliding down a slope, the weight of gabions might simply make the problem worse.  It does need professional investigation.


Posted: 06/09/2015 at 21:13

If you can access to put on a gel surely you can spray weedkiller in there.  It will be much more effective than painting the leaves with the gel.

Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 18:10

The garden certainly looks wide enough to accommodate an island bed.  Just be careful not to make the walkways too narrow.

Building New Raised Bed

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 13:28

I'm guessing 6 foot each way.  You could fill the bottom 6 to 9 inches with rubble or poor quality soil and complete with top soil.  If you use rubble be prepared to have to add more soil once the initial fill has had a chance to settle. 

Mare's Tail

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 10:02

If you are going to try weedkiller you need to crush the stems first.  Either by walking on them or cruching up by hand.  That helps to break the surface of the stems and lets the weedkiller in.

Possibly not an option for an established border, but I'm currently working on a plot about 25 x 15 ft which doesn't have any planting.  I'm using a garden fork to get as deep as possible and going through each clump by hand to remove as much as I can.  Our soil is light so, before this rain!, it was easy to crumble the soil off the MT and find roots left behind.  I'm under no illusion that it will completely eradicate the problem but I will hopefully be able to keep regrowth under control then.  It is a big job though.

what is this fly

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 15:03

Don't worry about it Ken.  What's done is done and there are many who are quick to judge others too!

Fibre-glass switchers - your personal experience please

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 17:29

No personal experience of them, but a guy on Gardeners World, who is obsessive about his lawn uses one.  From that I guess that it works well.

Different coloured wooden sleepers when wet?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 16:56

I suspect the concern is about whether some have absorbed a lot of water and, if so, should they have done.  I wouldn't expect treated timber to change colour as much as shown in the photo's, assuming they were all the same colour before the rain.

Certainly none of the sleepers used for my raised beds do so.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 20:08

For the area you have to do it might be worth hiring something more powerful than a Mantis if you want to avoid a manual 'winter dig'.  If you're happy to do that winter dig by hand then the Mantis will certainly do the job in the spring to break up the remaining lumps.

Discussions started by KT53

Getting back into fruit & veg growing

any decent books? 
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Stuck for a plant idea

'memorial' plant 
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If they could take their words back.

Latest GW 
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Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

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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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

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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