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My Garden - Past, Present and Future

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:14
Tracey. How could you. All this time you have been kidding us all, that you were a newbie. Oh you little, 'bombshell' You really have worked wonders. Well done. Keep smiling lass. Mike.

Monty Don.

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 23:08
That's it. All you luverly lasses, suddenly swoon. So go on say it. Mike! it's not all that time ago, you didnt have a good word for the guy. Who Sir? me Sir! No Sir. I admit that, yes I did express my personal ideas about Monty. However I have read up about him, and he really has gone through the wars etc. Believe me. I like the chap. In fact, I would love to meet him and sit and chat. He has a certain personna. His writing skills as a journalist, leave very little out. He has this natural friendly attitude and ease of speaking. To be honest. IMHO if anyone failed to get along with him, then, check yourself out. So, Michael. What's bought all this on. Well during these hot swetty days. Mike has done his best to escape the heat of the day. At the best of times. The Television and I are, not what you might cal close friends. However with the DVD application. Now that is of benefit to me. So, yours truly has just finished a world-wide tour with MONTY...cheer and hand waive! Yes. I have the boxed set of. Around the world in 80 gardens. FAB. It really was as if I had escaped Eltham and was now travelling the world. The man is a genious, His commentary so free and natural. Sadly Monty, as much as I enjoyed the travels, and believe me. I will often return on dvd to those places. During all those miles etc. Out of all the specimens seen. I counted just four named references to plants etc. Never mind. Monty should you read this. Well done.

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:44
artjak. Returns. Been there done that. Some years back. Val was doing the irong. Iron packs up. Argos just ten minutes away. Back home, Val over the moon with a new iron. The advert never said anything about the water being part of the deal. Yes someone had pressed their Sunday best and returned it. Back to shredders. I later bought a large shredder from the same shop. Like a large wheelie bin. Cost nigh on ninety pounds. Probably Bosch. Fantastic machine.

Hope you get sorted. Complain to Tesco. Especially now. They are at an all time low. Publicity is a damger at the Mo. Best of friend.

Help re Wisteria support up a brick column

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:32
JonnyR. I can well appreciate Pansyface' concern. However. The main concern will be to keep the main growth, close and tight to the brickwork. Tying in will demand frequent attention. As new growth is easy to twist and bend, but a season or so....not so easy. So for a time, frequent pruning or cutting back, fairly close to the main stems. One a good strong framework has developed around the brickwork, this in itself will form like a supporting scaffold. Now the actual guide wires. I would suggest say two to each face of the brickwork. Decide how low you wish to start. You can use wall nails. These are steel four sided nails with a lead, kind of strap. For the life of me, the true name fails me. They are easily hammered into the brickwork or pointing. The spacing is upto you. The idea is to carefully take each wire at an angle to the next corner. Round the corner and so on. Until the required height is reached. Of course a trellis could also be used, but. The corners would be a weak spot. To acheive a good finished result. Be prepare to endure for around six years plus. In place of the wall nails. Screwed eyes can be used. However thes leave quite a bit of flexibility. Remember also. Use a good galvanized wire of reasonable guage. I wish you all the best. When matured. I would like to see it. All the best. Mike.


Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:02
Edd. Be my guest. You wont be the first or last to have a, 'dig'
Lyn. Have you given thought about calling your lawn, a meadow!

Regarding using a line as a guide. Remember you will be moving backwards. Unless you are blessed with eyes in your ****, then you could end up next door. If still in doubt. Try hand scarifying a sports area.


Posted: 20/07/2014 at 23:46
Suddenly you find that you have a garden. Possibly a very large area is taken up with a lawn. Now then. There's room for another thread. So. The lawn, grass patch whatever. Perhaps you spent ages preparing the site. Then sowing the best seed. As with most seed sowings. Be prepared for all sorts to emerge. So jumping ahead. The now established lawn. Hey, what's this. Lots of dead grass, and look. Surely that is moss and loads of other unwantables. The dead grass is what is called, 'thatch' This really is in most cases, lawn mowings etc that have avoided picking up. In some cases, they will rot down and help the spoil. In others. They can build up. Then moss and other strange plants. So what can the lawn owner do. OK books TV etc all offer so much info. Naturally if you have a lawn, you want it to look good, at least from a distance. Suddenly the topic of scarifying the lawn is bought to your attention. Oh how the commercial side of horticulture starts rubbing it's hands. Buy this feed, weed and kill. Try this perfect tool etc. Despite the fact that garen folk usually are a great bunch. Believe me. We all can be so gulliable at times. So what is scarifying? Basically it is a method, means of actually raking out the dead stuff and the mosses etc. If I had the power to ban a certain garden tool. It would have to be the bladed rake. I can't give it any other name. Much better and loved is the basic wire lawn rake. An assembly of steel wire set in a fan shape. The purpose of scarifying. To loosen, dislodge unwanted plants etc. Now sadly. The tines cannot sort out the wheat from the tares. So at time some grass plants will get gathered up. The basic idea is to rake, dislodge the unwanted. The wire tines do this to perfection. The dreaded blade type simply severes and chops up everything. The actual act of scarifying, compared to basic lawn raking. The angle and pressure applied to the rake varies. For basic lawn raking such as leaf clearing. Very little effort is required. For scarifying, a wee bit more pressure is needed. On large areas. I suggest using a string line to divide the area. On smaller lawns. Just walk over the area and spot the enemy and scrub them out. Collectin the waste. Small areas cane dealt with using a wheel barrow etc. Larger areas. The mower can be used, if it has a collection box. To be honest friends. So many ordinary everyday gardeners suddenly become. Over involved.. Take each day as it comes. Listen to advice etc and the form your own way. Remember. After scarifying. Use a roller or mower with a roller to press down the grass roots.

Green Potatoes

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 23:03
Good point Paul. Also Bob's reply is top hole. I don't grow spuds anymore now, being on my own. OOOps sorry, correction. I have stuck a few sprouting ones in long tom pots. Quite true. Grfeen taties are to a degree poisonous. Remember the common spud is a relative of the, Solanum family. The reason for the greening is that the tuber hasn't been covered by soil. Whilst in the growing situation. Should you notice the odd greenie, then chuck a spadeful of soil over it. In time it will ripen up.

scarifying rake

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:29
Pauline. PM Sent

My tropical garden

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 12:35
In Eltham. SE London. Friday & Saturday outside temp. 34 deg. C. For the past few years. The feeling amongst those keeping an eye on things is. That soon, due to climate change etc. Many of us will changing over to Mediterranean style gardens.

repairing my lawn - the right order

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 23:18
Hi Tracy. Welcome to the forum. Take a look at recent posts on like subjects. Then take a look at my profile. No I am not a big head. At vthe present time. England is going through some very unusual climatic conditions. Can you hang on for a while. By all means. PM me if need be. I will help you.

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