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Which hand tools to use?

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 10:55

I have a range of cutting tools.

Lightweight, long bladed ARS snips for all snipping and pruning (up to about 1/4") - very sharp, easy to sharpen, long thin blades get into small spaces to make really clean cuts. Can be bought for about £10 - a bargain.

Wolf bypass secateurs for tougher, woodier pruning jobs up to about 1/3".

Long handled Wolf loppers which will go through branches about 3/4" diameter.

Pruning saw for branches up to 3" diameter

Bow saw for thicker branches.

Telescopic pruning pole (up to 6m) for pruning high branches up to 1" diameter.

Tree surgeon for higher / bigger jobs!

It is very easy to sprain secateurs etc by trying to cut things which are too thick. I have built up my toolbox over a few years and I would suggest buying good quality tools and then taking care of them (sharpen and wipe down with an oily rag after every use & keep them somewhere dry).

I have a small (about the size of a wax crayon) blade sharpener which cost me £3.99 a few years ago. It is really easy to use and has prolonged the life of many gardening tools. 


East Anglian Bluebell Expedition

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 20:14
Might have a little run down there - if it ever stops raining.
Thanks for sharing WW

What is your weather like?

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 20:35

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 18:13
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

Greenock/ Gourock/ Largs to "Rossy" , Dunoon and Millport many a time. Including trips on the legendary PS  Waverley.

We've done a bit of sailing in that area - glorious. Fabulous weather, few crowds, always able to get a mooring, good seafood and excellent whisky to sip on the back of the boat while watching the sun go down. Love it all...

Glad you got back OK BL - don't like hairy landings and take offs!

Hugs for you Dove. Nice for Ma to know you're there keeping her company 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 15:51

Lovely sunny, warm morning - gardening in just a tee shirt.

But for the last couple of hours it's been like a particularly corny Hammer House of Horror movie with lightning and thunder constantly rumbling away. Some pretty heavy rain & hail too.

About 20 miles from you Villa - between Bury & Stowmarket 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 14/04/2016 at 15:43

Nice to have a good holiday to look forward to Hosta.

Did a bit of gardening this morning (mainly digging out celandines which are a real problem here) and think I have probably managed to kill a Buddleia Davidii. I thought they were virtually indestructible. Has been in place & done well for nearly 5 years but, since being planted, has gone from being in an open sunny spot to being shaded by other trees and shrubs and a fence. The soil is very heavy and sticky there at the moment so maybe it just got too wet. It can have another week or two just in case but my other buddleias are romping away....

Got rained off at lunchtime and lots of thunder and lightning for last couple of hours - it's like being in a Hammer House of Horror movie at the moment  

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 13:32

Glad you're home safe and sound Hosta . Home the knee eases up sooner rather than later.

Thanks for the heads up about Paul Merton Fairy. I think we watched that series on BBC Scotland but will check to make sure as I know he's done several different ones. Will give me itchy feet though.... 

Am quite enjoying "An Island Parish" at the moment because it's from Shetland - lots of shots of beaches etc. Definitely a place to visit in a camper van when we have more time 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 09:18

Morning all - wet and getting wetter at the moment.

Hired tree stump grinder should have been delivered between 8 and 8.30 . Job needs to be done today - rain or no rain.

Hope Hosta is feeling ok and is not too sore.

Nice aubergines Pat - I enjoyed growing those when I had a greenhouse. My other favourites were cucumbers and melons - you could almost see them growing.

Dove - if you're off to the market can you pick up a couple of crabs and a big bunch of coriander for me please? Ta 

Enjoy your day folks - SYL

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 19:02

Quick pop in to say Good Evening and to wish Hosta well for tomorrow. Hope everything goes to plan 

The rest of you are putting disturbing images in my mind of contorted positions  Reminds me of when I first got to peek at a naughty book and was trying to work out  whose feet were whose and where and how on earth they kept their balance 

Spent about 3 hours digging out two 5' long mature tree roots this afternoon. I ache now and need to sit in front of the fire with a nice glass of wine. Veggie risotto to make first - SYL.

PS Sorry to hear your mouth still hurts Panda. I'm sure it will get better soon but maybe a quick phone call to the dentist on Wednesday if it's still hurting then - just to check it's to be expected?

What to do ?

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 18:15

I have used both board (per Lantana's suggestion) and paving setts (per Cere's suggestion) to edge areas of gravel. The setts look like bricks & are probably a more permanent solution as any wooden edging will eventually soften and rot. Gravel with brick edging always makes me think of manor house kitchen gardens . The edges can be softened by allowing plants to spill over the bricks

Both the timber and the bricks look neat and tidy and do a good job of keeping the gravel out of a border and off a lawn respectively.

I am also planning a new gravelled area which is edged with box and lonicera nitida. There will be no edging to the gravel which will be swept under the hedging so it looks as though it grows out of the gravel. You could effectively make a gravel garden if that is to your taste.


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