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by no_akira
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Modified standard garden trowel - "snub nosed trowel"
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Modified standard garden trowel - "snub nosed trowel"

Does sound like you've got "Challenging soil" Westi...

But the cap of under layer of clay could be useful as its stopping the moisture completely dissappearing.

Perhaps "sunken beds" would be best for your plot ?
by no_akira
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Modified standard garden trowel - "snub nosed trowel"
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Modified standard garden trowel - "snub nosed trowel"

Always found the traditional garden trowel not that useful on heavy soil. Well after a few minutes with "Mr Grinder & Mr Hammer"... Voila ! Its been de-beaked and flattened across the central area plus sharpened into a cutting edge across the snub and along the left hand edge as I am r...
by no_akira
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Pallet wood Hydro-driver aid for new starters with heavy clay soil
Replies: 0
Views: 455

Pallet wood Hydro-driver aid for new starters with heavy clay soil

The Pallet wood Hydro-driver is a ‘mechanical’ way of actively driving moisture out of water-saturated ‘heavy-clay‘ soils during the critical root development stage of March, April & early May. Its is especially suited to overly-bred modern ‘woody annual vegetables‘ that require a high flow of ...
by no_akira
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: My g.easel, a multi-purpose 4-in-1 design for plot
Replies: 2
Views: 503

My g.easel, a multi-purpose 4-in-1 design for plot

A little bit of "lottie" ingenuity Its a 4-in-1 design; #1 Compost bin ladder, #2 Bean frame (curved), #3 Wind break, #4 Seedling Cloche. Dimensions are approx 2.5' x 6.5' or 0.76m x 2m. All held together with x4 Turbocoach screws that can be driven in without pilot holes straight throu th...
by no_akira
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1077

Re: Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?

Hello Westi, I was thinking along the same lines... Not sure about 'shallow roots' Monika, If they are grown in a deep loose bed mine soon form a football sized root ball by the end of the growing season ? Most modern varieties are about Flower shape. However I need a fast strong grower with rigid s...
by no_akira
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1077

Re: Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?

Cheers for welcome "oldherbaceaous"

I only just discovered the "Kitchen Garden" magazine the other day and felt its outlook of all the gardening magazines more closely suited my planting style
by no_akira
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1077

Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?

If God had asked an Architect to come up with a plant, the winning designer would have been a sunflower... In my Native American gardening book from 1880 (Hidatsas from Missouri) the very first plant that they sow in the 1st week of April is 'Sunflowers'. I've always thought this strange. Imagine If...

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