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Latest posts by trillium2cv

Water butts, decking, diverters and overflowing

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:21

In torrential rain won't the decking get wet anyway? Never had overflowing problems with mine, but don't have decking either so not considered it. Lifting the butt off the decking to let air under might help a bit, if you can find something safe and stable.

water butt

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:13

This just seems to be an expensive way to connect a long hose to a rain-water butt, or am I missing something? You can extend a downpipe adapter as far as you want, although it might block with silt and need cleaning periodically. Just check the levels are right between the downpipe and the butt. I have one where a small butt is kept full and the rest runs into a pond etc. Turning a tap or lifting the hose returns the excess to the downpipe as normal.

Sycamore seedlings

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:47

The problem is not your seedlings because you will have the sense to remove them, it is the neighbour who does not bother and then you have a forest tree overhanging your garden. That is what started your problem probably.


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 23:40

I have some short videos of hedgehogs in my garden but they won't upload. Anyone else had success?

Container drainage

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 23:24

If you want to reduce the amount of compost in the pot, for economy or weight reasons, then adding coarse material in the bottom of pots will work, but what it does not do is improve drainage. Wisley, and many others, have been trying to get rid of this myth for some time. Google "perched water table" and you will see lots of discussions on it. The alpine group at Wisley used to demonstrate to visitors pouring water into identical pots, 1 with crocks and 1 without. The former holds onto more water than the latter, because it sits at the change in growing medium. What it does do is prevent water-logging by takeup from below, which can be useful, and means things like hanging baskets need watering less often, but it actually impedes drainage.

Blippar for Tablets and Phones

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 23:11

The current magazine is promoting Blippar for phones and tablets. What about those of us that prefer laptops or do not have the other means of access. Are we getting less for our subscription money or did I miss it in the magazine?

Damaged water butt

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 18:17

You might find a hot glue gun would do a reasonable repair too. Depends on what your butt is made of and how old. Make sure the area is "very" clean before you try any repair especially if we are talking plastic.

Pruning/cutting a 50yr apple tree

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:24

Might reporting the bats affect how you handle your apple tree?

Paper shreddings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:14

Good at the bottom of runner bean trenches too.

Paper shreddings

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:13

Good at the bottom of runner nean trenches too.

Discussions started by trillium2cv

Blippar for Tablets and Phones

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Talkback: Autumn crocus pot display

Looks a funny autumn crocus to me. More like Pickwick. 
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Talkback: How to plant gladioli corms

I don't know who prepares these articles but if the corms are 6" deep in the picture then they are truly massive corms and the hand is sever... 
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