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spuds just fall apart when boiled

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 22:39

Another tip is to bring the spuds to the boil then switch off the heat and leave with the lid on for 20 minutes.

Bare legs on privet hedge

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:58

Brutal pruning is required. Wait until Spring, mid March, then cut the entire hedge down to about 6 inches high. Feed and water to get good growth and within a couple of years it should look good again.

Orec Grh 537 Vs As Motor 531 2 cycle

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:53

Neither brand is common in the UK (although they are available) so the information pool here is likely to be fairly small. Honda engines have a good reputation.

2 stroke engines in garden machinery are normally simple reliable designs but still need proper maintenance. Most problems are fuel related. If the AS engine uses a common brand of carburetor such as Zenith or Zama then spares will be easy to find.

AS also make a version of the 531 with a Briggs & Stratton 4 stroke engine which might make engine spares easier to find.

My grapevine

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 11:34

Sounds like grape shanking. One cause is overcropping and with over 100 bunches on one vine that sounds like your main problem. That is an awful lot of fruit for one vine to ripen and I would reduce it by 75%. It can be very hard to bring yourself to remove promising fruit but it really is for the best. Start by removing all affected bunches then remove all small bunches. Reduce any overcrowding where bunches are interfering with each other.

Thinning individual bunches improves the quality of fruit and helps prevent disease so is also worth doing at the right time of year.

Old Oak tree - advice re care

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 22:45

First thing to check is if there is a TPO for the tree. That will seriously constrain any work you might be thinking of doing and you need to contact the council before touching the tree. Next thing is what lies under the branches in question - would anyone be in danger if the branch falls.

Wood charcoal ash

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 10:37

The fashionable name for this is biochar - Wikipedia has an article on it. Benefits include enhanced moisture retention. 

Runner beans

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 09:49

 Maybe the bees are misbehaving. They seem to have learned that they can access the nectar by drilling through the back of the flower thus reneging on their part of the deal -pollination. I watched them do it on my runners last year but I still got enough beans in the end.

What's in my garden?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 16:28

Looks like a shield fern to me, dryopteris filix-mas maybe? Grows like a weed in my garden.

Coir Compost Blocks

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 01:25

£21 for 3x70 ltr. of compost? Decent price? That is very expensive and very, very poor value for money.

wasp nest

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 01:16

Wasps are b@stards apparently. Anyone remember the old Bing Hitler sketch? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp5SfUbjWew

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