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We're to buy JARDIN DE FRANCE cutters

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:48

most pages of their website are down.... doesn't look good Keeping my finger crossed for you Ryan2


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:43

i add citrus to my kitchen waste compost- so long as there's not too much it's not a problem. Citrus waste is only really an issue with wormeries, any average garden composter the worms can escape if they don't like what you add.

any compost should aim to be roughly (very roughly!) half and half brown- paper/ card/ twiggy waste and and green- grass/ leafy/ kitchen waste. i'm not too fussy, don't turn it and do OK. perhaps if I did turn it, it would rot quicker, but, to spread in autumn I'm happy to keep adding to it all year. when i use t there are usually a few bits that haven't rotted- pineapple heads in particular, so i just add them to the bottom of the new heap and chop them a bit with a spade. 

Thirtybyseven- my best advice is just to start composting- you will find in item which best suits you, your garden size and whatever waste/ garden material you have to add t it.

Good luck



Posted: 29/08/2015 at 21:12

i have a couple of bought Dalek type composters as well as subsequently built pallet composter covered with old carpet.

I'm always delighted when i take the lid off the dalek to add more... it's swimming with worms and warm enough to be breaking down well. The self built with pallets etc has more capacity, is easier to empty, but not so easy to  build up layers of warmed up content.

Garden size does dictate though, use the wooden pallet bins for grass clippings mixed with paper, daleks for cuttings and kitchen waste.

rotavator/ riddler?

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 08:42

many thanks for your comments

rotavator/ riddler?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 10:39


i once came across a rotavating tool, long pole with two lumpy wheel type things on the end, great for breaking up the surface of soil to a fine tilth. i thought it as called a riddler, but when i search for this I get garden compost sieves. have tried every search term i can think of but not found anything like it.... any ideas? would love to get one for my allotment- heavy clay!

overgrown trees

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 21:27

Many thanks for your comments... Will give Capel a call tomorrow!

overgrown trees

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 10:01


I have some very overgrown trees in my garden, a cherry, an oak and a horse chestnut! The oak and cherry have all their growth on one side and have grown horizontally leaving most of the garden in complete shade. I'd love to get a tree surgeon in, but really can;t afford it.

Do any of you know of any charities or horticultural colleges that do Tree Surgeon courses, that might be peased to have somewhere to practice? I'm based in London.


Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 19:47

Just a little update folks... i popped a polite note through my neighbours door on Sunday..explaining that we (property contains several flats) needed to cut back as despite trying to keep it in trim, it was shading our pants and we think, infested with vine weevil... we are duty bound, as legally speaking it is your property, to offer you the prunings... lack of car to take to the tip etc... Low and behold, as I was leaving for work the next morning, her gardeners were pulling up outside and later on I got home from work to find the garden cleed of all the prunings. result!

many thanks for all your comments, the amusing as well as the knowledgeable!

as always, much appreciated all GWers.

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 19:36

I've now got 61 posts on my thread! How exciting.... Dove, don't worry, I'm not in the slightest put off, rather amused in fact.

In answer to all the queries, I asked the original question after i'd started on the hedge... got cold feet, or rather, saw how much I was going to have to tidy up & started to chicken out! Thanks to your advice I continued to butcher the hedge, just as far back as the boundary. I can't tell you how good it felt to vent with the hedge trimmer and loppers, was really, really stressed with the return to work looming.

I've procrastinated asking the neighbour if her gardener will take away prunings... am a bit concerned they will then present me with a bill, following Hostafan's message re professional gardeners having to pay for what is considered commercial waste. I can but ask, and to be honest, i don't have a contract with them so if they were to present me with  bill (which i doubt, I'm just worrying) then i wouldn't have to pay it and could just remind the neighbour about her ghastly son chucking all his fag ends into my garden!

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:08

Gracious! I'm now wondering if i should parcel up the vine weevil infested privet prunings and share them around... and there is was getting excited I had 47 replies! Most of them useful- many thanks.

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rotavator/ riddler?

rotavator/ riddler? 
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overgrown trees

cheap or free solutions to managing overgrown trees 
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Weed killer on allotment... Which to use

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Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

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Overgrown climbing rose

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Grease bands for new cherry trees?

Grease bands for new cherry trees? 
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i hate flies!

carnivore plants,blue lights or another trick? 
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swarms of flies in compost

every tiem i tke off the compost lid, i have to stand back fro a minute or so as there are so, so many flies 
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Suggestions for white late summer flowers

Suggestions for white late summer flowers 
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new flower spikes on verbascum?

verbascum pruning 
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home grown raspberries ready to eat

wash or not? 
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is broom susceptible to snail damage 
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composting packaging- green wotsits?

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fruit cage advice please

which fruit cage 
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Bookmarking threads

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