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Mr. Raspberry

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Be careful what you wish for!

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 08:31

Don't think of the present consider how you will manage it in 20 years time. If you have lawns edge them with something solid to stop grass growing into borders and plants growing out. Put decent paths wherever you walk frequently. Consider the final height and shade of trees before planting. Use power tools such as electric secateurs, hedge cutters etc to save your hands for later use. Use rough grass wild flower meadows in orchard areas. Finally, leave enough time to do other things.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 14:06

I'm even driven to killing them in NT gardens I visit (with the blessings of the gardener of course). I have a lily thats just a couple of inches above ground level and they have already had a go at it.


Talkback: How to grow tomatoes in grow bags and pots

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 14:36

Growbags come in two sizes. The larger has three cut outs marked. Which size did Monty use?


Anyone dismantled a greenhouse? Easy or not?

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:05

The old al nuts and bolts holding it together may be seized. if so when you come to take it apart they will just snap off. An old one I moved did this. No worries, either use a bit of WD40 on them before you start or invest in new ones, they are easily available and cheap. If you have to take it apart completely have a marker pen and number individual components so that it's obvious where they go when you re-erect it.


Small tree stump in ground

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 21:56

I'm all for digging stumps and as much root as you can get out as the remains can encourage fungal growth, not all of it good. 

Compost Bins & Lovely Rats

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 21:44

If you have them make sure you wear gloves when around the compost heap. Any small nick or cut can let the virus (I think it's a virus rather than bacteria) in that causes leptospirosis. My father was a farmer and contracted this and was lucky to survive. Hence I have no qualms about killing them.


what is it

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 21:20

They are very tough and alegedly if you break the leaf and sniff it smells of roast beef, hence the name of Stinking iris. I've come across two types one with a beige flower and one with blue. The flowers are very small. I think birds or rodents spread the seeds as once you've got them they'll spring up all over the place, although the are easy to uproot.

Anyone know about automatic electric gates?

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 09:47

Anyone know about automatic electric gates?

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 09:45

There were two possibly three child fatalities with powered gates a few years ago. If you search on you can find references to these a guidance note was issued relating to prevention of similar incidents and this was circulated within the industry and to building control etc.

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Stink horn fungi

Problem of these fungi appearing in herbaceous border. 
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