Latest posts by steephill

What will deer leave alone, hopefully

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 10:43

Which species of deer? Muntjac will eat more things than roe, little sods scoffed my tulips and crocus this year which the roe deer had left alone.

Hayter 46 issue

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 13:12

It does take a bit of muscle to get mine going too but if it runs cleanly then there probably isn't anything wrong. Check that there isn't any long grass trapped between the blade and the deck, being careful to make sure the engine can't start by first disconnecting the spark plug.

You should be able to feel the compression stroke as you slowly pull the starter cord. If you go passed this point, let the cord return to the resting position then give it a good pull you may find it easier to get it turning over and running. If it is just coming up to compression it will be much harder - I have often had the starting cord pulled out of my hand when it balks at compression.

Average gardeners spending

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 11:57

Found this line in a recent Guardian article

 "The average British household spends £47 a year on garden plants, according to research from the ". I guess there aren't many average people here then .

Old Azaleas

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 13:31

Sounds like they are deciduous varieties. These will survive being hard pruned after flowering. If you don't want to be that brave then go for renovation pruning - hard prune one third of the old shoots each year until you have the size and shape you want.

Beechgrove has started

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 13:49

"Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George Anderson and Chris Beardshaw and the Beechgrove garden are all in one piece, looking radishing" 


HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 13:10

Was pleased to see a beautiful Spring morning when I got up but the news has darkened the world since. I have used Maelbeek metro station more times than I can count on my way to EU meetings and it is painful to imagine the devastation there and at the airport. Victims and their families have a very difficult time ahead and will need a lot of support.


Posted: 16/03/2016 at 17:00

Badgers are a protected species so you are not permitted to harm them in any way. All you can do is try to make your garden boundaries secure but as they can both dig and climb this won't be easy.

Slugs and coffee grounds - a fatal attraction?

Posted: 14/03/2016 at 22:56

It is caffeine that is poisonous to slugs so coffee grounds don't have much effect as a deterrent as all the caffeine should have been drunk leaving none in the grounds. Caffeine has not been approved for use as a pesticide so cannot be sold as such however nobody can stop you disposing of unwanted cups of coffee on your garden .

Carbide Brushcutter blades

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 12:57

Don't use a saw blade, they are not designed to cope with flexible loads like a brushcutter and may disintegrate in a very dangerous manner if they experience off-axis loads.

One UK source I found was Forest World Ltd on ebay - but they don't have 9" blades. Eckmann do a 10" blade for their 4 stroke brushcutter which might fit.  Ebay gets you all the US suppliers but postage costs make them very expensive. Maybe a small business opportunity for someone to buy wholesale and sell in the UK.

In Or Out Of The EU Garden?

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 21:38

I represented the UK on the programme management committee for one of the R&D programmes for a few years. The budget we managed was over €1Billion. That gave me a small insight into how the Brussels machine works. Watching our partner countries in action always made me wonder where the idea of loss if sovereignty comes from. Every country on that committee and every other similar one fiercely defended their own national interests as did I for the UK but we were all able to come together to deliver a programme suitable for all EU member states. The UK is a well respected voice within the EU and we fight well above our weight when it comes to influencing EU policy. We also do very well in winning funding from those programmes, UK researchers were partners of choice for many international collaborations.

Our biggest problem was with the UK gov side, Ministers often took a "fog in Channel, Europe isolated" view and Treasury only ever asked how we could cut budgets. Germany and France made sure their national R&D programmes complemented EU funding, UK ignored it. One of my bosses thought EU funding was irrelevant until I pointed out that UK researchers got back 3 times our national funding for the same types of R&D from those EU programmes.

So I want to stay in and to play our full part in making the EU a grwat place to live and work.

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