London (change)
Today 22°C / 14°C
Tomorrow 23°C / 15°C


Latest posts by SMOKIN DONKEY


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 07:46

To be 100% honest I'd say as i always do and with complete experience of both gardening and common understanding of how making and selling anything goes ''I'd go for one of the best makes on the market,

I had my own stihl strimmer for some 20years now never had any problem with it and it really is used every few weeks as i have banks to keep looking nice and the places in the garden the lawn mower can't get to,

The design is such that it fits all size of person and is a virtue in itself.

Now the very important part of any strimmer first is to make sure it has some sort of carrying harness so your not carrying the weight of the strimmer as your trying to cut the grass etc,

Ive seen so many people trying to control the machine and take the weight and work in a safe way, 'these machines can spell danger"

My own machine has a full (two arms through the harness and a belt around the waist ) and then the machine clips onto this supporting harness and the machine itself is fitted with what looks like handle bars (may sound daft but i can work all day "and i do mean all day and feel no aches or pain from using this machine)

Both the design and price have not really changed much over the years and today your looking at around £300 for the petrol one,

This to my mind is the rolls royce in machine companies and have been going for many years, spare parts are available if needed and they have their own service dept's where you buy the machines from. I did buy this companies chain saw after the long term use of the strimmer and being very happy with its design and use,

I wouldnt do that if i'd found any bad useage problems.

Now when buying and you see very cheap makes on the market

just ask yourself how much did that make cost the company to make ?

then the cost to the selling outlet? And why so cheap?

If you want qualitiy you have to pay for it.

Last but not least "how many second hand styilh's do you see on the market ?

Buy quality and buy once "buy cheap" and look out.


Posted: 21/08/2013 at 07:07

Hi zombie,

I didnt know what was going to be in that chest "meeeeee owwwwwwww was i to know,

but a near got it right from you "nice try".


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 21:54

What was in that chest we found in the soil when we first moved in,

I'd spent weeks clearing all the man made rubbish bricks /bottles/ you name it and we found it And then it was the turn of mother nature stuff, like brambles and tree's that had re-rooted, shoots shooting up from the main tree's,

With the brambles the only way is to chop the top growth off so you can get to the roots via digging the lot out and having a bon - fire,

Having done all this and now looking at bare ground i got my howard gem rotovator on the job it was hard work and long hours to cover little ground,

when our neighbour  on the opposit side of the track turned up on his tractor complete with plough and said let's do the job quicker, It was then after he'd finished and gone home i noticed this corner sticking up,

I dug just a few feet and there it was the chest and something was inside, "i could hear it rattle as i pulled the chest on top of the ground,

What was it????

We forced the rusty bolt lock off and the lid just fell apart as we peared inside,

I found wrapped up in what looked like canvas a dog, also i found its lead and a small teddy,

it had been there a long time as the house was empty for 25 year before we bought it and so this little chest was its grave,

I dug a lot deeper and to this day the treasure is still in its place of rest just under the old apple tree.

No gold as such but something that was worth a lot more to that dogs owner.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 23:25

Hi just before i go to bed i thought i'd say thanks for your thoughts on your finds when you first moved in,


We found in the cottage we had in north -wales one of those 1960's food cabinetts, the ones that have a draw-bridge like working surface and little seperate places for the bread and a tinned off area for cooler foods, a tea caddy  space and in this draw-bridge working top "it opens and there you'll find a big space for more kitchen tools to hide, its got 2 x drawers at the top & two top & two bottom cubourds,

It's here with us in france as we just didnt wont to leave it back in the uk and im going to strip all the old paint off and repaint it,

at the minute its in my workshop and used for storing all home made chutney.

It's nice to be able to have the time for these winter projects,

Nothing better when the outside is freezing to be inside the workshop, the tea -pot never cold, one of the dogs laying on the mat and the radio on, just passing the time away doing up this or that.



Posted: 19/08/2013 at 23:09

You wont be sorry you did,

I waited far to long before i got one,

Im amazed just how much mulch i can put to good use and help the plants out in the winter (roses etc)

By getting a petrol one you can take the machine to the where ever the wood is and chip it there.

Good luck


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:59


I was talking to a couple today who have just come to live here in france and they we're telling me that their garden is full of junk left behind by the former owners,

It got me thinking about the kinds of stuff i dug up when i first started to clear our garden,

I found loads of bottles, car battery's, rusty tins and then the" treasure box"

Yes an old chest locked and inside it was !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll leave you to wonder about "What the  real treasure inside was.

Tell you tomorrow.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 19:42

All the info should have been on the grass seed bags as to when /how to sow and after care ref the first cut.

Plus you can buy grass seeds for all sorts of uses, ie bowling green lawn seed, /general use grass seed,

But you must know what use this grass area is going tobe used for.

Plan and do your home work ref your plan and you'll have a better chance of getting what you want.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 08:09

Ive said in a thread a few days ago that a good place to buy gardening books is the likes of the red cross /animal rescue shops etc,

Well ive one such book on my desk as i write this and its about four inches thick and it was first on the market in 1934 "edited by E.T. ELLIS "F.R.H.S."

I bought this book second hand in september 1999 in a animal rescue shop in Bala mid wales for £3-00.

In the opening page is a little note saying to J. S THOMPSON AND ITS DATED 1934.

As you go through the book for verious subjecs other gardens of the time have been added with their experienced contributions,

And many hand written notes also by i imagen was J. S. Thompson,

Ive used this book many times over the years (i call it my bible) and i just wanted to point out the value for next to nothing of buying such a book full of so much information,

Ive many such books most bought from shops or book flee markets and all have their worth when deciding a new plant for the garden no matter if its veg/flowers or garden construction.

Such buys are still really good value and well worth looking for a money paid goes to good causes,



Posted: 19/08/2013 at 07:48

Lets hear from Antony on what he wants,

Ive friends and family who have children, and the start of the rest of their lives is what they can & cant do, where they can and cant go and sharing,

If a parent wants to have a garden as a hobby then it should be just that "not just for the children only,

The children will understand a lot more if they know they're not allowed to wreck everything in sight in the name of being a child,

ref asking advice ref maintaing his garden it was given via learning from the start

and not having grass 2 feet high in places and then coming on here asking we're have i gone wrong !

As ive said the question was asked and so far Antony has had a mixed bag of replies,

He's already found out its cost him good money for a mess of a lawn,

Now it's up to him to decide what road to take ref future gardening task and how to go about them.



Posted: 18/08/2013 at 22:17

This is just what im talking about,

The question asked was how did i go wrong and what do i do,

All the removal of all that was on this plot and the getting of top soil/seeds etc should tell the average person that antony wanted a nice lawn not a field,

And as i said to him have a good think before you reply,

The reason for making sure you know what your doing isn't just the money factor

(but christ only knows a child will soon help him understand he cant just chuck the stuff away  by lack of experience,

But saftey in what you plant and know the danger of planting the wrong things when a child is "now" here is also something to think about now before you make a bad mistake.

IE fox gloves "ring any bells to anyone ref poison !!!!" and im sure one or two members can name a few more that shouldnt be in a childs reach.

Tina, dont you agree if you take the time to know what your doing in the garden you can play safe and have a nice lawn for your child to play on, or do you think a field idea is a safer place for a child to play?


Is it safe to use weed & feed with a child crawling over the garden? How long after using such a chemicle is it safe to let a child crawl over such a treated area??

No ones talking about a bowling green, Im talking about how to go about gardening from the start in order to have an unstanding how and when's the best time to do things in the garden,

Discussions started by SMOKIN DONKEY

Im back

Replies: 23    Views: 1080
Last Post: 01/09/2013 at 18:33


Replies: 81    Views: 2908
Last Post: 02/09/2013 at 15:52


Replies: 7    Views: 450
Last Post: 29/08/2013 at 14:17


Replies: 3    Views: 300
Last Post: 27/08/2013 at 09:18


Replies: 22    Views: 974
Last Post: 28/08/2013 at 14:17


Replies: 27    Views: 1080
Last Post: 27/08/2013 at 07:51


Replies: 4    Views: 292
Last Post: 23/08/2013 at 09:05


Replies: 27    Views: 1005
Last Post: 29/08/2013 at 19:34


Replies: 17    Views: 734
Last Post: 01/09/2013 at 18:09


Replies: 11    Views: 414
Last Post: 22/08/2013 at 22:27


Replies: 2    Views: 326
Last Post: 23/08/2013 at 21:05


Replies: 7    Views: 495
Last Post: 21/08/2013 at 07:07


Replies: 0    Views: 255
Last Post: 19/08/2013 at 08:09


Replies: 5    Views: 456
Last Post: 18/08/2013 at 17:08


Replies: 8    Views: 359
Last Post: 18/08/2013 at 13:17
1 to 15 of 38 threads