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Latest posts by KT53

Preparing hard-packed soil to start a garden from scratch

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 20:46

Sounds like a job for a rotovator.  If it's hard packed you will probably need to give the garden a thorough watering before getting to work with the rotovator.  Once you've dug it over you'll have a better idea what the ground is actually like and can then make a decision as to whether you need to add compost, horse manure etc.

Drooping Osteospermums

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 17:17

One of mine is doing the same.  Several purchased at the same time and planted in the same bed with the same conditions.  I can only assume one had been over/under watered at the garden centre but didn't show at the time.  I'll just have to see if it recovers.

GW Subscription Issues

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 13:40

Mine arrived today.

How can I move mature shrubs

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 22:42

Do it in the winter months when the plants are dormant.  Take as bit a root ball as possible.  Prepare the new site before you lift the plant from its current location.  Make sure you have something to move it on like a tarpaulin or similar so it can be pulled rather than lifted.  Con as many friends as possible to be there to move the larger items.

Getting the 'proffessionals' in

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 22:39

It was many years ago but I got a garden design done through a local garden centre.  It did include ideas for planting and hard landscaping.  I don't remember the cost, although it would be irrelevant now anyway, but I did get garden centre vouchers as part of the deal.  I didn't buy much in the way of plants from them but did get a pair of stainless steel garden and border spades and forks.

I didn't implement the entire design either but it did form a good framework.

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

I have a beautiful Fargesia nitida (Chinese Fountain Bamboo) in the back garden but it is now covering far too large an area.  The base is a clump of about 2 to 3 foot diameter, with the arching stems probably covering nearer 8 to 10 foot diameter.  I want to reduce the overall size, without destroying the plant.  Any idea what the best way to tackle it is?

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 11:01

Dovefromabove, I have no objection to advertising hoarding etc being on view.  I'm quesitoning why the BBC actually does the advertising as I stated above.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:52

You're right Wintersong.  Why does the BBC, which is supposedly not a commercial channel, start every programme with "The Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by......."?

How can they get it so wrong

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 19:10

We're a little island with a big atmosphere passing over it, simples

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 19:09

I loved Tuesday evening's coverage.  The designer in a huff because he 'only' got Silver Gilt and Joe also sniffy because the judges clearly didn't agree with him about which were the best gardens.

A note to both of them - if you want to be the person making the decisions get on the judging panel.

It also amused me that they were surprised that there could be a greater point difference between two Gold Medal gardens than between a Gold and a Silver Gilt.  It's simple maths and logic.  A garden needs to get x points or more to get Gold.  One point less and it's only Silver Gilt.  If you tried to follow Monty & Joe's logic every garden would get Gold.

Discussions started by KT53

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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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

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 
Replies: 0    Views: 156
Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
Replies: 13    Views: 595
Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
Replies: 14    Views: 420
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. 
Replies: 28    Views: 1092
Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
Replies: 7    Views: 496
Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
Replies: 3    Views: 406
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
Replies: 0    Views: 376
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
Replies: 5    Views: 405
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15
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