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The gardening thread

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:24 pm

My razor sharp senses have told me that a number of our most active forumers are into gardening and related matters but, amazingly, despite that, we have no dedicated gardening thread. So, here's where people can talk about that horrific area of land outside your house that's alive with living creatures and is always trying to get out of control.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby FanGirl3 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:48 am

Weeded the lawns yesterday, also admired my fence work and watered the compost heaps to promote decomposition.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Tue Apr 06, 2010 8:54 am

I refuse to have a compost heap because it encourages urghy horrible things to live in my garden, plus using compost would encourage vegetation to grow. As I see gardening as a nightmarish battle against vegetation, this would be a bad thing. You may have guessed that I'm not a natural gardener.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby FanGirl3 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:05 pm

I believe that urghy horrible things should be given useful tasks, like turning rubbish into compost. Better beavering away in the heap than wandering into the house because they're bored.

Growth of vegetation is a problem in many gardens, indeed I believe very few British gardens are free from the terrible scourge of vegetation.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Ray_Finkle on Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:53 pm

My garden's a state at the moment. I have a pile of turf which I dug up to extend my vegetable plot, and a huge pile of rubble from under the turf. I think the previous owners had small brick walls marking out their plots, and it seems when they got fed up they just filled it in and turfed over it.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby FanGirl3 on Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:43 pm

Planted potatoes today, hoed weeds out of paths, sowed calendulas and California poppies. And sprinkled all the newly sown areas with cat repellent to prevent any disturbance.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:51 pm

I did absolutely nothing. I only venture into the garden when the length of everything leaves me with no choice. I reckon I can hold out for another couple of weeks yet.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Ray_Finkle on Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:42 am

I put my first bag of spuds in on Saturday. I also put a couple of the more advanced courgette plants outside and started the sweetcorn.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Ray_Finkle on Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:34 pm

I've bought the courgette plants back in, when I got home a couple were looking a bit worse for wear, it was maybe a couple of weeks too early, I'm just hoping they'll be OK :(2 I also think I may have over watered the sweetcorn. Not a good start :(2
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:58 am

:cheer: The skies are grey and there's clearly rain on the way. It looks like I'm going to get my excuse to not do anything in the garden. This is a great relief to me as the rubber wotsit's come off the end of my lawnmower lead and I can't find any lawnmower leads anywhere that have the right wotsit at the end for my mower, meaning I've had to order a new wotsit to attach to my existing lead. Needless to say, this will involve me doing things with wiring, which is a source of concern for me in case I do it wrong and kill myself. :(

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Re: The gardening thread

Postby FanGirl3 on Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:13 pm

Those inline connectors are a real pain to wire up. Remember, put the cord through the sleeve before you begin. I always forget and have to undo everything and start again.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:21 pm

I will take your warning on board. I'm determined that no rubber wotsit will get the better of me.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Butterfield on Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:11 pm

I recommend you take it to a lawnmower specialist. :yes:
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:25 pm

I'm sure I'll be all right. I mean, there's only two wires, so I have a fifty/fifty chance of putting the right wire into the right place, and therefore living.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby FanGirl3 on Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:55 pm

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions. :bookworm: Connect live to live and neutral to neutral...

..but if there's only two wires in this situation, it won't be fatal if you did connect them the wrong way round. You'd just be reversing live and neutral which, for almost all devices, makes no difference whatever because, being alternating current, the polarity reverses 50 times a second anyway. :blahblah:

With three wires (live neutral and earth) cross-connection is a serious matter. You could end up making the metal casing of a device live. :scared:

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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:23 pm

Actually I'm a bit confused now because there's a three pin plug at one end of the cable and a two pin plug at the other. Now I want to know what's happened to the other wire.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby FanGirl3 on Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:44 pm

You mean a three pin plug to go into the wall, or that one of the connectors

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has got 3 pins?

If it's the wall plug, that doesn't matter, the earth pin (the big one) won't be wired up to anything. A lot of modern appliances are 'double insulated' and don't need earthing.

If it's one of the connectors, that sounds wrong. They should have the same number of pins. If the mower needs an earth, it must be connected.
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Re: The gardening thread

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:22 pm

The end that plugs into the wall has three pins, and the end that plugs into my lawnmower has only two. If you say that's safe, that's good enough for me :). But I don't understand; I always thought the third pin was there to stop the electricity from leaking out of the wall.
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