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by richard p
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Yogurt pot propagators
Replies: 5
Views: 1733

Re: Yogurt pot propagators

i also use supermarket mushroom trays as seed trays.... 11 beans per tray. our local veg shop used to get broccoli in polystyreene boxes... lined with plastic from a compost bag , two mushroom trays fit nicely. half inch of water in the bottom keeps the seedlings watered and a sheet of clear plastic...
by richard p
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Wood Ash
Replies: 6
Views: 1709

Re: Wood Ash

ive got an old bath that fills itself with rain water, it gets a dollop of woodash, a clump of stinginging nettles or whatever chucked in now and again , the turgid brew is occasionally used diluted to water whatever i think needs it. not in anyway scientific
by richard p
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: strimmers
Replies: 1
Views: 1583

strimmers

i use a well known make of split shaft petrol strimmers, theyre probably not a premium brand but i get them at the local auction for less than a tenner. probably got about 10 in various states of repair.... having got down to 3 running engines i decided it was time to mix and match bits to get a cou...
by richard p
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Full blown Spring Bits and Bobs. - 2017
Replies: 313
Views: 40343

Re: Full blown Spring Bits and Bobs. - 2017

the price and quality of supermarket veg has made me quite picky as to what ill devote space and time to. especially on winter harvested veg.
by richard p
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The long bank holiday .... priorities for the garden?
Replies: 40
Views: 5678

Re: The long bank holiday .... priorities for the garden?

about time to get the strimmer out to attack some of the stinging nettles in the flower beds, but the wild bees were on the ones in flower yesterday

got some broadbeans in pots that need transplanting

car boot sale should be on on sunday so might go to see what tomatoe plants are on offer.
by richard p
Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Temptingly early Spring Bits and Bobs.- 2017
Replies: 184
Views: 25063

Re: Temptingly early Spring Bits and Bobs.- 2017

what about the foundations of unheated buildings , garden walls etc? empty septic tanks will float out the ground on water, but i doubt theres many stones that are less dense than water. but if your stones are less dense than the surrounding compacted water logged soil they might have a tendancy to ...
by richard p
Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Pa Snip Enterprise Log
Replies: 175
Views: 22647

Re: Pa Snip Enterprise

probably set too lean ,an eigth or quater turn out on the mixture might fix it , but if your happy to use carb cleaner carry on. only thing id suggest is to pull it over a couple of times before squirting the carb cleaner, just gets a bit of oily petrol in there to lubricate the cylinder and piston ...
by richard p
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Lawn edge strimmer
Replies: 1
Views: 1894

Re: Lawn edge strimmer

personally id go with mains electric, provided you can get a long enough extension lead, the downside to a battery one is charging batteries, the lithium ones are a lot better than nicads, but they are pricey. ive actually got a ryobi 18v battery strimmer, it does what its supposed to, ive actually ...
by richard p
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Watering tomatoes
Replies: 17
Views: 5502

Re: Watering tomatoes

oh xxxxxx ive been doing it wrong for xx years i grow toms in the ground in the centre bed of a 30 foot polytunnel.... i use a bog standard lawn sprinkler does half the tunnel at a time, once theres a load of plants established i normally set it going on a sunday morning working up to a nominal hour...
by richard p
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Replacement for Hayter mower?
Replies: 23
Views: 5624

Re: Replacement for Hayter mower?

tip it carb side up and you should be fine .... when youve finished leave it stood flat for a bit so the oil drains back down ... ive been tempted by one of these http://ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=ride+on+mower+hoist&_osacat=159912&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR1.TRC0.A0.H0.Xr...
by richard p
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Replacement for Hayter mower?
Replies: 23
Views: 5624

Re: Replacement for Hayter mower?

about the only difference between mower makes is the deck and the handles , everything else is bought in . engines are either briggs and stratton , tecumseh or honda.... or a chinese copy on the diy shed machines youll even see the same decks with different names on. plastic decks are light and dont...
by richard p
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Lawn Mower Maintenance.
Replies: 6
Views: 2547

Re: Lawn Mower Maintenance.

metal blades only need replacing if they get bent by hitting something hard, takes a lot of sharpening to wear them away.
the less said about plastic blades the better.
by richard p
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: When is it a marrow
Replies: 10
Views: 3317

Re: When is it a marrow

if its fatter than an average cucumber its past it as a courgette but still too small to be a marrow.
by richard p
Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Pricking Out Tomato Seedlings - Leaf or stem?
Replies: 10
Views: 2348

Re: Pricking Out Tomato Seedlings - Leaf or stem?

i start the seeds in a tray, then dig out lumps of compost to transplant, avoid gripping plants at all. but delicate stem must be a no no.
by richard p
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Polytunnel fever
Replies: 16
Views: 2899

Re: Polytunnel fever

ive iust recovered one of my two 14 by 30 nearly 20 year old tunnels, the other now also needs doing as soon as good weather coinsides with a free day. tunnels run north/south with usable door at south end, bench infront of north door, ive got 3 long beds with two narrow paths. tomatoes and climbing...

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