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Old secateurs

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 12:19

I've just been clearing out the greenhouse. So far I've found two hand forks, one of those claw cultivator things, and three pairs of secateurs (among an awful lot of other stuff!). One is a Felco pair, and another is Wilkinson Sword. They are quite rusty, the Felco ones are seized up. Is it worth trying to save them, and if so, how?

Clematis Montana Var Rubens 'Pink Perfection'

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 13:51

You're right, you will cut off all the flower buds if you prune now. Do it after flowering. It's not that easy to train though, in my experience!

Timber Compost Bins

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 13:44

I've got both types and I can't see any difference between them as far as the compost produced goes. As long as they are at least a metre square, you will be fine with either type.

Cutting sambucus nigra back

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 13:40

Elders are always very early to come into bud. Don't worry, it will still produce lots of new shoots when you cut it back.

Living fence

Posted: 06/02/2015 at 23:37

Dove, do these "fedges" look good in winter as well as when they are in leaf? 


Posted: 06/02/2015 at 23:24

Berghill, I've found the same. I planted a load last spring (I think 100) and 6 have appeared this year. There are several large patches nearby in the garden that have been spreading slowly for 20 years, so I don't really understand why the new ones are sulking.

Mole problem

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 22:43

Sorry but trapping the mole is the only sure way to get rid of it. Now is the time as moles start to breed in early spring.

Battery Powered Lawn Mowers

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 11:41

I've got the larger Bosch cordless with 2 batteries. It does two lawns and the orchard on one charge. It's great on long and wet grass and the grass box holds a lot. I think it's great, a corded electric mower wouldn't work in the orchard and petrol mowers are too much trouble. I am on my second set of batteries and they are expensive, but cheaper than buying a new mower. The first lot lasted about 5 years. I've replaced the blade once.

I wouldn't use it for mowing the paddock but it's absolutely fine for lawns.

Garrya worth saving?

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:41

I've just taken down a fence alongside my driveway and in front of it (north-facing) was a Garrya elliptica 'James Roof'. It was covered at the base with rampant shrubby honeysuckle (Lonicera pileata) which I have cut back hard and could remove completely. The Garrya is leaning at a strange angle and all the catkins are high up, almost out of sight. At the moment I am intending to replace the fence with another about 1 metre high. Any advice from the lovely people on here?




Posted: 23/01/2015 at 19:45

I can tell you what rabbits don't eat - weeds! They always seem to choose the precious plants and not the unwanted ones.

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