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aerating shoes

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 00:29
Pauline you have my sincere deepest sympathy concerning your back probs. I too have what is described as a Gross degenerative disease of the spine. As Lyn will confirm. Surgery is so often suggested. I have a friend , a police woman who in the course of duty damaged her spine and eventually surrendered to surgery. She tells me that even now, she is in even more pain than before. So positive thinking is required.
Back to the subject.. From a professional aspect. Spiked shoes are a gimmick. For any kind of lawn. grass spiking a tine depth of at least 9-12 inches is needed. If possible the tines should be hollow.

planting fruit trees

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 00:16
Please Sir/Madams.

All this JI 3 etc. Might I pose as a farmer. I have three thousand fruit trees to plant. Please friends. Could you for one minute think that as such, I would first buy tons of JI No. 3 compost?

Look I am aware that I am not MR Popular on this site but. Hey you folks must be made of money.

Wild Flower Identification Needed.

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 00:09
Obviously a member of the compositae genus. To hazard a guess, the stems are somewhat squared in shape. Rather course or rough to touch, this being due to minute spines. The fluffy heads are actually the remains of the petals. If the flower was of the female sex then the tiny hair like parts could be pulled out and the seed would be on the end, similar to a hair follicle. No seeds then it is a male version. The compostitae form perhaps the largest section of our wild flora. Then subdividing we arrive at the hawks beards and such like. To be able to offer more, a much closer examination of the plant material would be required. Might I respectfully suggest a little research into the above and to perhaps check out the growing site a little more. Please get back to me for future help.

winter pansies and violas

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 00:16
It remains difficult to answer some questions.

In this case, one is lead to assume that the plants are containerised.
So in general perspectives feeding would be a matter of concern. However at this time of year. Container/indoor or otherwise. No feeding.

Recommended Books

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 23:26
Lyn ?

Wildlife gardening -Month by Month.

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 23:00
Thanks Philippa, I was unaware of such an area. Much appreciated.

Victoria. I do believe you will find it interesting. I found it to be easy reading, and written in a way that you felt you were in the garden. Perhaps your local library may hold a copy. If not I am quite prepared to loan you my copy, as long as you return it.

Watery. Thanks for your input. How do you think. I sometimes find a book or even an individual write up, tends to be too technical. At times everyone enjoys a simple basic read.

If I may. My dear wife Val once asked me. Mick why do you need so many books on trees and other flora? My reply amounted to this. Each and every author write has their own style. Everyone sees the same thing , but from a different angle To take into account and consider all aspects. Then we begin to learn.

Wildlife gardening -Month by Month.

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 14:54
I wonder if our host, D.H could set a space for books?

There must many publications we can share with each other.

Wildlife gardening -Month by Month.

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 13:04
For anyone interested. Jackie Bennett authored an excellent book on the subject. Naturally not everything is covered, but well worth reading. ISBN. 0-7153-0033-4

Memories of Yesteryear.

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 16:19
Lyn. You have my sympathy. I had to wear a rigid surgical collar for twelve years. Surgery to fuse the c.verts together was suggested, but I said no. Drugs, I try do keep off them as at one time I almost became addicted to them.

Take care of yourself.

Memories of Yesteryear.

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 16:13
KEF. The water tanks are for cold water to my bathroom and toilet, also for the downstairs flat/maisonette. The boiler provides hot water and central heating.
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