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Thought on push mowers?

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:06

I had a Push Mower years ago, and I much preferred it to any Electric or Petrol Mower I've had over the years. Admittedly  my lawns front and back were not the largest , but it kept me fit and I regularly sharpened the blades. People did  often complement me on the cut and look of my lawns .Living in the North West of England with plenty Rain, alas my Mower proved much too hard for me to push , especially when it rained for days, and were there's rain , grass grows more.  It proved very hard to get the cut of the grass short again, so a Petrol Mower was purchased to replace, that's since gone in replacement of an Electric version. When I did have my Push one,  I would say  that by the time my neighbours had plugged theirs in, mowed their lawns, then rewound the cable, mine was done and the edges cut and the kettle on.

Talkback: Growoing hellebores

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 17:25
Don't know if it's unusual or not, but I've got 6 Helebores growing in my garden,I've had them about 2 years or so, and one of my plants is still flowering now.They flowered in winter/ spring and now mid summer one was flowering about 3 weeks ago and the other is still flowering, is it a one off ?

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 00:21

Rosemummy, Well I didn't know about Rowan trees giving you protection and being a symbol for protection. I have one growing about 7ft-8ft  from my back door, I didn't plant it , I assume a bird ate a berry then it seeded its self. I trim it to a standard type tree its about 7ft high and a double trunk. I do keep it in check though as its close to the house. I am very much protected then with both the Rowan and the Hawthorn

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 13:56

Hi Star gaze lily, Well it was my Mum that had the condition with her legs, just as you describe, she always said that Bananas helped the problem. So I don't know if it was just a coincidence or not, but if you eat them everyday and don't get any relief from the condition then it may be just an old wives tale. Apparently its the Potassium in the fruit that helps, don't know if that's why Tennis players eat them or if its just to give them energy.  They don't seem to give Chimpanzee's any problems lol

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 10:54

Artjak,   Bananas are also good for Roses and other plants and Shrubs, the skins I mean. They give potassium to the soil as they rot down. I eat quite a few and  I cut up the skins then spread them around my Roses and other plants. So whilst the actual fruit of the Banana provides us with our Vitamins etc. its skin helps our plants, I heard also that the fruit helps people with irritable Leg Syndrome my Mum used to swear by it.

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:43

That's ok Rosemummy glad you mentioned it again , I thought it was me who had remembered it wrong while no-one else seemed to have heard of it. Maybe there is some truth in it then lol

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 14:41

Hope so Clarington, I may chance it this weekend ,  if we get any good weather that is.  Hope its not a case of Final last words  lol

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 14:24

Well Rosemummy, I commented back in March about an Old Wives Tale I heard ages ago about not to cut down an Hawthorn tree, as it protected the home from Witches. Perhaps back in history regarding  Religions with Witches, that's how they handled the situation . I didn't read the G.W. Mag so I missed the comments, however my Hawthorn could do with a good Prune. Its if I can pluck up the courage to carry it out , I wouldn't want to tempt fate or indeed any Witches

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 16:03

Well with regards to not cutting down a Hawthorn  Tree as it protects you from Witches, perhaps its the thorns that would protect or indeed the same would apply to Holly too Pottie Pam, either way it would'nt stop Witches from flying over any type of tree or hedge, on their Broomsticks I would assume, dos'nt seem to hold any substance  that  O.W.T. however I would'nt like to test it out, I'll just let my Hawthorn do its own thing.

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:37

I was told years ago that you should never cut down an Hawthorn Tree because it protected the home from Witches. Don't know if it included pruning , all I can say is I have one in my back Garden that was planted there when I moved in  27 years ago I've never cut any part of it , and can honestly say I have never knowingly met any Witches, so you never know.

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