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No to everyone who asks for donations ? Do you agree or disagree with this ?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 23:43

Folks. Please forgive me if I speak out.  First and foremost.  I am all for projects that help our kids etc.  There are many fine charities an projects going.  I fear something along these lines.  To be honest.  As much as I like to get out, even to the supermarket, simply to meet people and have a chat.  However, come Saturday.  Mike does his best to stay at home.  One, because it seems.  Most come out and leave their brains on the kitchen table.  As far as most are concerned.  They are the only ones on the High St.  Secondly.  In my local High Street, it is like running an obstacle race.  Talk about the charge of the light brigade.  Cannons to the left, cannons to the right.  Here it is.  Collecting boxes, buckets being shaken in your face, clip boards, to sign up to.  OK.  Not all requests are for cash.  Many are simply asking for help!.  Looking at the immigration problems etc.  We Brits really do lean over backwards to help.  However.  Each and everyone of us are feeling the pinch.  So a collecting box or whatever put before us.  Most times, we fail to listen, read the small print etc.  I think that we are all becoming so tired of day to day life.  So much so, that we tend perhaps to overlook some of these beneficial projects.

True lute

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 16:58

That's it Steve.  I fist came it contact with it, when doing my goundsmans course.  Great tool.   As you mention, it really is intended for fine lawns, bowling greens etc.  The tractor drawn version is used for cinder tracks and the like.  One like you picture will set you back around £140/£150.00

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 22:08

Totally agree with Dove and Jim.  However I always remained boss in my garden.  Jim.  I dare say.  You are thinking about the grey squirral and the mink.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 22:00

I may be wrong but.  I was of the opinion that it was to delay flowering.  It was a method adopted years ago by nurserymen and growers, to slow down flower production for the big shows, hence it's name.  Nowadays there are many other methods used.

Silver Birch Catkins

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:32

Hey Edd.  You been at my whiskey bottle?


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:28

Hi Folks.  Someone mentioned Mike.  If that refers to me.  Then this is the solution.  Taking a peek at Mr Don's rake.  No it doesn't look the same.  Might I suggest this.  Google.  True-Lute.


Believe me.  It really does do the job.  More intended for specialised lawns and running tracks.  Very pricey.  However a chap handy in the shed could make one up.

Silver Birch Catkins

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:20

The Poplars also have catkins.  Yes very attractive too.  Having mentioned the Poplars, some also shed their seeds via loads of cottonwool like stuff. Then there is the sycamore and Ash with their winged like seeds.  So, so many.  Believe it or not.  Practically all will germinate.  Crossing to the bird world.  Several of our tinier birds, the tits for instance.  Several broods each year, loads of babies.  Sadly.  Few survive.  Likewise with the baby trees.  Few survive.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 23:11

'Evnin all'  I take it we are talking about Policemans helmet.  I rather like it.  Believe it or not. I once collected a few seed pods and stuck them in the garden.  In time I  realised my folly.  So each year, up would sprout the plants.  I'd let them flower, then just as the seed pods were forming.  I'd enter never never land.  There I would be, the great plant hunter come explorer.  Fistly I would cut them down, then I found that they could easily be pulled out.

Now friends, go on and have a hearty laugh on Mike.

Direct sow seeds

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:29

Totally agree with nutcutlet.  Mulching would be far to heavy.  Adam.  Don't be afraid to ask plenty of questions here.  Great name you have.  The first man Adam started out as a gardener.

Some useful info and some good for a laugh!!

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 21:19

NO COMMENT! about watering the garden.


MATRON!  What happened to my little green pills?

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