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Dangerous slippy path when wet

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 16:47
Another option is to put up a handrail on one side, I put one in for my Dad last year so that he had security going down the steps to his garden.

Dangerous slippy path when wet

Posted: 18/02/2016 at 14:56
If you don't want to remove the slabs there are a number of ' textured' paints they can be applied to slabs that provide an anti slip coating. Often used near municipal buildings as the local authorities can't afford the public hurting themselves on their property in our wonderful age of ' litigation' culture.

Lanky seedlings

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 18:02
Also depends if you're growing the ROMs in a greenhouse or outside, still earlier than I would sow them. Purple sprouting broccoli is traditionally grown through the winter from an early summer sowing, I've never sown it this time of year so can't comment on how it will do. It's always a temptation to start early but crops like tomatoes grow so quickly you're much better waiting for the better light that comes in the Spring. I won't be sowing for another month for greenhouse varieties and mid April for outdoor varieties, I live in the South East, dates will vary depending on your region.

Lanky seedlings

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 16:42
You need to say what type of seeds you're growing, its still very early in the year and too early for most seeds as light levels at this time of year are very low.
I presume you're growing indoors or greenhouse? Basically whatever you're growing will need Max light, other than that it may be better to resow in a month or so whenday length has increased.

Tomato variety

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 15:12
I grew Lizzano last year, very productive and tasty unlike Losetto which I grew a couple of years ago. Gave plants to friends and family who all enjoyed the flavour and all had great crops.
Last year was a low blight year here but I suffered no blight on my plants grown outside and others had blight on other varieties.
Have to agree that Gardeners Delight has wonderful flavour but Lizzano is worth a try.

Stihl strimmer recall

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 17:42
I bought a Stihl FS40 Strimmer last summer from an online dealer. Just to let people know that there has been a recall due to a possible fault with the fuel tank.I was alerted by the dealer, if anyone has bought a Stihl strimmer and the serial no. falls between 501830112 and 504083576 then it should be returned to their local dealer for a health check.

Purple sprouting brocoli

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 10:12
Pigeons love it too, other crops are scarce at this time of year so they're a magnet to our feathered friends. I would use something more substantial than the plastic netting I see in the picture. Debris netting is good, friendlier to bird life if properly pegged down and reusable for years rather than the horrible plastic stuff.

beans climing

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 08:44
What would be the advantage? Be interested to see if it's been tried but I can't think how it better's the more conventional systems of support.


Posted: 08/02/2016 at 17:42
Totally agree Philippa, unlikely that a dog would keep out cats at night unless you leave it out all night!
We regularly have to scan the garden before letting out our young Border Collie, just in case she picks up some cat poo, which for all we know may carry disease.

Gardener Survey

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 08:31

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