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How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 18:48

Fidgetbones, wondered where all the unit tools went we were changing tank engines on Luneburg with a set of pliers and a tin opener.

I have the same problem now, Dad can I just borrow whatever then have to go looking for it, at the moment I am missing a power washer, leaf lifter, lawn aerator and several hand tools.

Frank.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 15:35

Steve 309 yes sorry it did turn into a bit of a saga, the Tinsmiths shop in a REME workshop had more hammers than I had ever seen in one place, all with a use, most never used.

Gardening can be like that, I have a wall of tools for different uses and yet it is the same few get used for all purposes, most are tools Dad used for years before leaving them to me. The best one is a very long handled Dutch Hoe, I can sit in my sun trap and reaching out hoe the weeds without moving, ends up with a half circle of well hoed borders so then have to get up and do the rest, idle gardening does not work.

Frank.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 14:06

Fidgitbones, once told engineers are quarried not born, they come with an inherent need to know how things work. Dad bought me the first Mechano at a very early age, Mother went ballistic, all those small screws and things will be lost in a week, a couple of days later a working windmill proved her wrong and every year that well loved Mechano was added to.

Dad a self taught mechanic would bring the truck in Saturday lunch time and it had to have a full maintenance ready for work Monday, over the years it was me doing the truck him in his beloved garden, we both loved what we did.

At 18 I was an Infantryman, loving it and already being promoted when MOD decided REME needed me more, they got a sour faced not wanting to be there in what I thought an inferior Corps, A sergeant fed up with my antics told me to pull out a box of bits, it was a Crossley Bus Engine notorious for being difficult things to work on as they had no timing marks. A couple of days later he came running as I fired it up and gave it revs forgetting to put the silencer on. All change and I got to be a WO1.

Gardening is much like engineering, build nurture repair where needed but best of all if it does not need fixing leave it.

Frank.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 12:19

Fidgetbones,  "Teachers just hate that" Not to sure about that.

At Art I was rubbish could not draw a stick man, engineering drawing never less than 85. Eggy Plummer my maths and technical drawing teacher would bring things in to strip and draw in three dimensions, he brought in a Dynamo. stripped cleaned measured and drawn I took it home tested it fitted new brushes from Dads store and took it back working. Thanks he said .I knew you could not resist fixing it I will put it back on my car now. I did not feel used, just useful.

Frank.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 11:26

Hello David, He was the Editor of the BBC Northern Gardening Programme and wrote many books one of them being The No Dig Garden. All a long time ago when BBC Gardeners wore jacket and tie with polished shoes??

Gardening books as with Encyclopaedia's are really dip in to what you wish to look up, of all my many books I do not think I ever read one cover to cover apart from the RHS Encyclopaedia of plants and flowers, that one is falling to bits especially the section on old plant names.

The other RHS book is the how to but so old that all the cures for disease and weeds have been banned by H&S, still my Dad mixed all his own and I never forgot so H&S up yours.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 10:29

Rosemummy, I grew up with the songs and films of Bing Crosby and yes there is a Bing White Christmas in my collection which includes the old style Albums Tapes Discs and I-phones on this laptop.

We had the Bing copyists back then as there are many Elvis copyist which I hate, if I did want an Elvis (very doubtful) I would play Elvis.

At the moment the lilting melody of Vienna woods and as I write I dance as Joan and I did in Vienna, all a memory now as is the dancing, it is in my head.

Frank.

How do you all know so much

Posted: 17/04/2014 at 10:11

Growing up with a mad keen gardener, my Dad on a small holding with a very large walled garden helped. Although he was also a Haulage Contractor every spare minute was in the garden which fed not only us also an extended family. He got up with the dawn went to bed with the sunset and as the only son I had my nose in everything.

If you cannot eat it or sell it do not grow it was his motto “err” apart from his beloved Chrysanthemums his long row of Madonna Lily's and his Carnations, all of which won him prizes at the local shows so the lad who took a Sturmy Archer hub gear apart at twelve, was told that will never go back together, it did back on the bike and worked for years was also into livestock and gardening. It rubbed off as I watched a thousand years of husbandry put to good use pre- and during the war a godsend during food rationing.

Secondary School the Army and years without a garden then back to it and guess what, made all the mistakes trying to short cut, be modern, there must be an easier way syndrome, well there isn't.

Several houses and gardens later and 27 I wish, multiply that by a lot and here I am, Dad was right, if you do a job do it properly or not at all.

Adding to the knowledge of new gardeners is a nice feeling, they do not have to listen or do it my way, (they should write a song about that), and only post what I know about. My computer is surrounded by gardening books ancient and modern, gardening programmes a must and my real love of bringing back to life and health the plants my Daughters kill.

Frank.

Begginers help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 15:07

Ellerslie83, believe it or not charity shops are a wonderland of garden books often never opened, people give them as presents they sit on shelves and end up in the charity bag, check them out.

My library of well used books give masses of information even though I am from the old school of gardeners, you never stop learning.

One bit of advice when you get your new garden is do nothing in a hurry, do the weeding and tidy it up but watch the plants develop flower go to seed, make notes, see what is working and what needs adjustment, you will be there for a long time take a long time to weigh things up and alter slowly as you put your personality on your new garden and we all do that.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 10:48

Orchid Lady, could be leaf hopper which in turn can cause bud blast disease.

What the modern treatment is I do not know my cure is now banned H&S, good job they cannot see what I have hidden.

You can prune them down a bit although that will set them back a year or so.

Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 09:51

Rosemummy, today Glorious sunshine and in the garden only bird song and insects.

My Rhododendrons in full bloom, Primroses still smiling at me. Tulips coming the Daf's going and fresh life everywhere, in my head "Roses of Spring" in my ears nature, what a wonderful sound.

The neighbours must be Easter Shopping.

Frank.

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