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Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 22:10
Well as most understand. Mike doesn't celebrate the holiday. Howeever [there said it again] Surely this must once again show, just how commercial the festive season has become. Be honest please. Christmas is or was at one time. A time of Christian celebration. Look around the world. Where is the love that was supossed to come from the virgin birth etc. Now it is all down to makiny a fast buck. Next the instore music. Ugggghhhhhh!

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 22:04
Lyn. Please accept my warmest best wishes. I do hope that things pan out well for Mum and you. This is a great thread where we can speak openly and get lots of TLC.

Fishy..Andy. Mike is so sorry to hear that T, Mrs Fishy has had such a bad day etc. I know none of us have ever met but. Please give her a very big hug ffrom Mike. PS. Do you think one of Mikes pick me ups might help?

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:56
I agree with Philippa and co. The half moon is and has been used by professionals fo ages. Using a spade. Some spades tend to have a slight curve in the width, on a long edge this will show up. When using long-handled edging shears. Try and keep the lower blade still, and only operate the upper blade. This avoids more or less the chopping movements and provides a better finish.

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:27

Very descriptivef me.

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:35
May I respectfullly ask. Digger. Do you also post on the RHS' My Garden forum under the same name?

New Weeding Tool

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:26
To be perfectly honest. Mike is lost. I support our friends tudies etc to the full, but. A weeding tool. This immediately suggest to me, some kind of hand tool. Search the market. There are weed grubbers and many more. Perhaps we might delve into the basics. So first and foremost. What weed are we talking about. So sorry , but surely this is the kind of question your uni lecturer might ask. In the real world. We constantly aply the term, 'weed' to anything growing that we dislike. That must include simple mosses and liverworts to tap-rooting enemies such as doks and cow parsley. So my dear frienf can you, might you elaborate.. Please believe me. I am not here to destroy your quest. I will help all I can. Perhaps to assist you. I have a string of letters after my name.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:11
Cut them back.


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 23:09
Sound advice by my friends. Perhaps for others. If and when becoming the grand owner of a shrub. If it looks, sad, tired, worn out. Prune it back as close as possible to the ground. Proving the roots are strong and healthy. Given time, you will be rewarded with fresh new growth. Then you can dictate just how you want the shrub to perform.

Tree problems.

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 23:58
Believe it or not but. Trees are also plants, hence the reason I post this here. A while back, I posted, I think on this forum and probably another. Some information that I had come by from various scientific sources. Sadly most times the average gardener, tends ony to consider a nice garden lawns and flower beds. Usually the odd time a tree is mentioned, is when it's in the way. However we must take a look at the world around us. We were hit badly some while back with Dutch Elm disease. Then more recent.. Ash Die Back. In my previous posts I mentioned that other trees are now infected/affected. The good old english Oak is threatened. The Horse Chestnut and other well known trees are being attacked by viral, fungal and insect pests. Even in New Zealand. Vast areas of pine forests and evergreens are under attack. Here in the UK, it's not only trees that are falling victim, but also many everyday plants. There are pests affecting tomatos the otherside of the world. The now speedy transportation od plants are in many instances responsible. Sometimes it can be an infected/diseased plant, then other times the potting compost might well be loaded with bugs etc. So in general, trees and forest might be a bit out of you requsite but garden plants no. Even buying from your favourite GC. For a time. Keep the new plants away from valuable stock. Really keep an eye on them. Please believe me. Outside your garden a great war is raging in the plant kingdom.


Posted: 06/10/2014 at 23:20
Wowee! what an assortment of answers. Before going any further. I respect each and everyones replies, So hopefully no offence.
So here we have a hedge of a fast growing conifer. For various reasons the latter has become a much hated garden pest.
Philipper good answer. Bob old friend. Conifers are renound for being deep rooted. Think about it. The most damaging tree for house owners is the conifer. Why? Because it send s way down a root system that goes far beyound the foundations. Its drunken desire to survive, it is constantly in search of water. A simple basicx botany teaching. Picture any tree. So upwards it grows. Now check just how far out it speads. This is the important feature. The sprad of a tree dictates so much for surrounding plants etc. One. The spraed has an infuence upon the amout of sunlight that is available to close grown plants. Also the spread will also limit the rainfall to the soil beneath. In short. Some garden conifers might have a smaller root area, but it is good to consider the basics. So back to the original post. Here we are dealing with a hedge. So what does thatv equate to. Height shall we say five-six feet. Spread say max. three feet. So simples. Take an imaginary line downwards from the hedge. The perhaps allow say two feet. Go ahead and plant..

Discussions started by Mike Allen

Folk-lore. Any truth in it?

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Tree problems.

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Fantastic site.

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Modern Technology

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Future Time Team

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More about using Coir

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Talk about daylight robbery!

Plant prices. 
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Have I overdone it?

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Growing with Coir

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List of members.

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Concern over conifers.

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Last Post: 31/08/2014 at 22:08

Good News for Mike

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Makes you Wonder!

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A Wee Bit Cooler

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Our Silent Fliers.

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