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>> No. 2235 Anonymous
17th August 2013
Saturday 9:28 pm
2235 Boots!
It's that time for me again to replace my all-purpose boots because, well, the image should tell you all you need to know. I tried British "assault" boots, but the sole tends to last t most a year. I tried German "para" boots, and they come apart even worse even quicker. As comparatively cheap as they are, I think I'm getting off army boots, so I'm at a quandary. Do you have a set of every-day budget boots you swear by? I don't mind spending the money, but I'm fed up with having more gaffer tape than boot on my feet, so any and all advice and experience is welcome at this stage.
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>> No. 2899 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 2:26 pm
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this thread might have some useful info >>/poof/6294
>> No. 2900 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 2:30 pm
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Nothing wrong with a nice pair of wellies.
>> No. 2901 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 2:37 pm
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True enough, especially considering even really quite good ones are cheap. But I don't think I'd want to wear them all day, nor would I hike in them. Though plenty of farmlads do wear them for 12+ hours at a time so what do I know.
>> No. 2902 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 2:45 pm
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I've got through so many wellies, couple of pairs a year or more.
I now rate my swampmasters, which are polyurethane and so far, so good. more expensive than regular dunlops or whatever, but 8 months in and they're surviving. Mud season is almost over - dust season will be next, and I'll be back in dealer boots.
>> No. 2903 Anonymous
3rd March 2021
Wednesday 3:14 pm
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I've had Dunlop Purofort's for a long time now, they're about 60 quid but have lasted about three years - admittedly I don't do hard graft in them, just swanning about moors and muddy forest floors with maybe a couple of hours of proper work every few days. But either way they've lasted a good 15k miles.

>> No. 2885 Anonymous
27th February 2021
Saturday 12:27 am
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What is the lowest maintenance garden an eligible bachelor could get away with without either paving it over or upsetting the neighbours?

I want to buy a first home for myself, a leasehold feels like poor value so I'm looking at houses. The problem is they all have a small garden out back and sometimes even a front one, nothing ridiculous (think terraced house or those ghastly new build gardens) but it's just me and I don't know my rhubarb. Do I just throw some grass seeds down and risk ecolads
wrath? Pay a gardener to handle this for me?
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>> No. 2890 Anonymous
27th February 2021
Saturday 9:15 am
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>Do I just throw some grass seeds down and risk ecolads wrath?
Not if you're after zero maintenance. Grass needs cutting multiple times a year. Putting down a sheet for a month or two to kill off any grass then just chucking down wildflower seeds would reduce the maintenance to maybe strimming it a bit in Autumn.

Really though you'd have to be in a fairly posh place for the neighbours to actively object.
>> No. 2891 Anonymous
27th February 2021
Saturday 9:36 am
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My local council has recently discovered that a badly overgrown verge is socially acceptable if you rebrand it as a "wildflower meadow". The seeds are cheap as chips, wildflowers actively prefer poor soil and it only needs mowing a couple of times a year in late summer and autumn.

Mix in a bit of paving and you're sorted.
>> No. 2892 Anonymous
27th February 2021
Saturday 6:56 pm
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That would be a question for when I settle on a place. At the moment I'm just trying to understand feasibility and the kind of garden I'd be looking to either buy, make or avoid.

The opposite end of the spectrum is gardens where someone has paved over the whole thing. That feels like a design that would kill me in the summer so would ripping that up be a simple job or do I need to fart about with the topsoil?

Interesting, if I wanted to have a barbeque at some point or just catch some rays would I merely need to mow it or do I need to keep a bit of grass?
>> No. 2893 Anonymous
27th February 2021
Saturday 7:00 pm
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I'd suggest keeping a small patio to put your barbecue/sun lounger on and turning the rest over to wildflowers. Reduced heat and maintenance but still some stability. The added bonus of wildflowers is that they don't particularly like rich soil, you can throw down some of the cheapest and they'll thrive.
>> No. 2894 Anonymous
28th February 2021
Sunday 9:29 am
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There have been quite a few initiatives the last five or six years to spread wildflower seeds on verges and the like.

>> No. 2882 Anonymous
21st November 2020
Saturday 4:36 pm
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Any guesses as to what these seeds are? The one thing I've not remembered to label.
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>> No. 2883 Anonymous
21st November 2020
Saturday 9:26 pm
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Pretty sure those are bum seeds. You'll want to plant both of them in your bum at your earliest possible convenience.
>> No. 2884 Anonymous
21st November 2020
Saturday 9:27 pm
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Does that mean he would grow another bum? That would be awkward.

>> No. 2623 Anonymous
4th October 2016
Tuesday 7:55 pm
2623 What in the good Lords name is this?
How's it going lads?

Just a quick one, I've got a young pear tree in my yard, noticed today some yellow/brown patches on some of the leaves, turned them over to find these hideous spikey growths on the back of them.

Does anyone happen to know what it is?
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>> No. 2634 Anonymous
6th October 2016
Thursday 1:32 am
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The symbiotic life cycle is weird, makes you understand better the weird thoughts the Greeks had about where animals came from when you consider how obsessed they were with figs.

I'm personally more fascinated by the variants of parasitic wasp. Particularly the ones that subvert the natural cycle of plants by excreating chemicals turning the seeds and fruit into an armoured shell for them to live in. (If you've ever seen an oak tree drop those spikey wooden balls with their acorns. That is what those are).
>> No. 2635 Anonymous
6th October 2016
Thursday 3:38 am
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I think we can all agree that wasps are proper wrong'uns.
>> No. 2636 Anonymous
6th October 2016
Thursday 8:29 am
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>> No. 2880 Anonymous
30th October 2020
Friday 4:17 pm
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My pear tree has the same. I worked out it's some kind of fungus. The spores are released in autumn and colonise fir trees nearby where the survive the winter, and then re-infect your pear tree when new leaves grow in spring. The thing to do is to break the cycle by pulling off the spores now before they can blow back into the fir trees.
>> No. 2881 Anonymous
30th October 2020
Friday 5:07 pm
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It's Gymnosporangium sabinae, "pear rust". >>2629 was fairly close.

>> No. 2877 Anonymous
19th October 2020
Monday 7:34 pm
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I've got some chilli plants and bell pepper plants in large pots outside. Come winter will they die from the cold? Do I need to put them in a greenhouse or indoors to make them survive?
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>> No. 2878 Anonymous
19th October 2020
Monday 7:51 pm
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>Come winter will they die from the cold?
The first frost will probably kill them.
This map should give you some idea when that is
I doubt a greenhouse will keep them alive, you'll have to bring them indoors, though most people in this country just compost them then start new plants each Spring.
>> No. 2879 Anonymous
19th October 2020
Monday 8:16 pm
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I love that site - thanks.

Just bring them indoors and make sure they're near a window - might survive..

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>> No. 2874 Anonymous
10th October 2020
Saturday 9:30 pm
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I stumbled upon this little oligarch enclave while taking a walk. Landscape gardening pros, how much do you reckon it costs to keep these trees so well manicured?
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>> No. 2875 Anonymous
10th October 2020
Saturday 9:37 pm
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If you're in one of those placess, cost ceases to matter. it's funnny, even asking the question marks as you fun :)
>> No. 2876 Anonymous
10th October 2020
Saturday 9:43 pm
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I was thinking of getting into the landscape gardening game and making fat stacks of cash off of ostentatious oligarchs. Seems like a pretty cosy job.

>> No. 2836 Anonymous
29th August 2020
Saturday 3:28 pm
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I've got a temperature-controlled grow-light setup in the shed as I want to be able to start off seedlings in a controlled setting but can't fit it in the house. Not growing weed, but I'm worried people will think I am (there's no way to safely hide the light/heat without creating a fire hazard or looking like I'm trying to hide something) and I don't fancy having to replace all my doors if the police get sus. Should I call up 101 and ask them politely to fuck off in advance?
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>> No. 2869 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 9:16 am
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Thanks, that's all I really needed to know. The neighbours actively don't give a fuck.
>> No. 2870 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 10:30 am
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Several lads on the uk420 forums who actually were growing cannabis have written about their experience of getting busted. The common description is "the police knocked on the door, they were polite but firm, they took my plants and growlights but didn't trash the place, I got a summons to the Magistrates court and ended up with a £250 fine". It's clearly not a particularly high priority for anyone.
>> No. 2871 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 10:58 am
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No you're right, obviously the way the police work is that after they have inspected a grow site to see a person is growing tomatoes, if the next day their helicopter picks up a heat signature from the same address they'll immediately assume it's cannabis and send a squad to raid it. FFS.
>> No. 2872 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 12:42 pm
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My brother got busted many many years ago - similar experience. I was more gutted about the fact he had borrowed all my (high quality) lighting gear and they took it.
>> No. 2873 Anonymous
2nd September 2020
Wednesday 4:31 am
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utopians are big fans of a stupified populace of state dependent serfs

>> No. 2834 Anonymous
22nd July 2020
Wednesday 8:00 pm
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Any idea what kind of bug laid these eggs?
Google/Facebook can't decide if they are Butterflies or Birchflies.

Any resident entomologists care to chip in?

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>> No. 2835 Anonymous
23rd July 2020
Thursday 8:11 pm
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My resident ecological expert says these are definitely moth or butterfly eggs, but its not possible to tell what type until they hatch.

>> No. 2831 Anonymous
5th June 2020
Friday 2:23 pm
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Someone is offering a free compost bin but it doesn't have the front flap.

I can't find the flap for sale anywhere. Is it worth collecting the bin and fashioning a makeshift front flap? Or will the bin fail to function then?
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>> No. 2832 Anonymous
5th June 2020
Friday 2:57 pm
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Sure - a bit of wood cut to fit and tied around will be completely fine. Should last a decade or so.
I might be tempted by a few more 2" diameter holes in the sides, if you live somewhere moist, or I think you'll get slime rather than compost.

>> No. 2792 Anonymous
29th February 2020
Saturday 9:01 pm
2792 Mushroom Growing
Finally got round to entering the world of indoor mycology again.
Looked like a massive weirdo for getting a 9Kg bale of straw delivered to my office but hopefully it'll be worth it.

Starting off small with some elm mushrooms, not tried them before but they're meant to be similarly easy to grow to oysters.
On a whim I also got some oyster mushroom wood dowels and stuck them in some firewood I had lying around, not sure if it'll take but worth a shot I guess.
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>> No. 2826 Anonymous
31st March 2020
Tuesday 9:31 pm
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I just used some supermarket freezerbags, that's probably the bigger issue.
>> No. 2827 Anonymous
31st March 2020
Tuesday 9:46 pm
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I buy spawn from here:

I wouldn't bet on this lasting months though, you tend to get a big drop in yield after the first flush or two.

The site above sells bags too, but the Chinesium ebay ones work well enough for me. Definitely worth it over freezerbags though.
>> No. 2828 Anonymous
31st March 2020
Tuesday 9:48 pm
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Those look really good mate - where do you put the boxes normally?
>> No. 2829 Anonymous
31st March 2020
Tuesday 9:51 pm
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On the floor of my spare room next to my airing cupboard.
>> No. 2830 Anonymous
1st April 2020
Wednesday 7:25 pm
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That looks amazing, well done.

>> No. 2807 Anonymous
30th March 2020
Monday 9:07 pm
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Have any other city slickers noticed that the sky is now both clearer and more vivid from the lack of smog? Ironically I've been spending more time outside during the quarantine than I did before it, simply because the sunsets have been looking so beautiful.

I want to ban all cars and marry Greta (when she turns of age) now.
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>> No. 2816 Anonymous
30th March 2020
Monday 11:14 pm
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Doesn't matter if you "see" or not, edgelad. It's an image of child abuse under UK law and given the implied rape, a severely punishable one.
>> No. 2817 Anonymous
30th March 2020
Monday 11:35 pm
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Amusingly if she was married it wouldn't be (although it'd still be illegal to distribute or publish). The law really sometimes is an ass.
>> No. 2819 Anonymous
30th March 2020
Monday 11:47 pm
2819 Not that lad
For the avoidance of doubt, the Canadian authorities examined it and determined it did not amount to CP. Either way, it's still casual bint-hatery to imply that the appropriate thing to do to a woman who disagrees with you is to rape her, and that implication alone is enough to get our benevolent dictator into serious trouble.
>> No. 2822 Anonymous
31st March 2020
Tuesday 8:13 am
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>the Canadian authorities examined it and determined it did not amount to CP

An establishment cover up of CP? Who'd have thunked it?
>> No. 2823 Anonymous
31st March 2020
Tuesday 8:59 am
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The Canadian authorities are not our authorities.

>> No. 2801 Anonymous
19th March 2020
Thursday 4:07 pm
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Dear Gardeners' Question Time,

I'm growing Thyme and now that the seedlings have appeared, is it time to transplant then individually into their own pots?


A Rookie
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>> No. 2802 Anonymous
19th March 2020
Thursday 4:22 pm
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They're far too small to handle. Best to pull some out (try repotting them if you really want) for space so the roots of the remaining ones don't get tangled then wait until they're a lot sturdier before repotting the them.
>> No. 2803 Anonymous
19th March 2020
Thursday 8:01 pm
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Thanks for the response.

>Best to pull some out
So pull them out with my fingers or dig them out?

> (try repotting them if you really want)
So you mean pull them out and rearrange in the same pot to space them out a bit?

I don't know what I'm doing
>> No. 2805 Anonymous
19th March 2020
Thursday 8:28 pm
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If you're going to just thin them out then yes use your fingers. If you're going to try to repot them then use something long and thin and scoopy to try and pull out a plug of soil without disturbing the root (there's probably only one per seedling at this point) too much. Not in the same pot. If you've only got the one pot then just thin them out, don't rearrange them as you'll only end up disturbing the others while potentially killing the ones you do move. How many thyme plants do you need, anyway? Even one can grow to quite a substantial size.

The rim of that pot is a bit too high so you've ended up with some really leggy seedlings growing as tall as they can to catch the sun over the edge. Something to consider for next time*.

*If this happens with anything solanaceae (tomatoes, chillies, peppers, some others) it can be a good thing as they'll put out more roots if you pile soil around their exposed stalks.
>> No. 2806 Anonymous
20th March 2020
Friday 4:55 pm
2806 It's time to stop
Is there some reason why you couldn't leave the seeds together and grow a type of mega-thyme? Gently twist the stalks around one another to create a thick, entwined trunk; then further up encourage each seperate plant out to its own section?

I'm thinking competition of resources might trouble the roots. Could you affect an even distribution of minerals across a large space to mitigate this risk? Or perhaps create borders between seeds, so route growth can be directed away from the others.

Completely unrelated - a while ago i noticed nettles have a tendancy to grow new shoots at about a 90 degree angle from one another. How hard do you suppose it would be to graft sections of two nettles, as pictured? You could have an entire wall latticed with nettles, full of aphids and ant colonies.

>> No. 2797 Anonymous
2nd March 2020
Monday 1:13 pm
2797 Haven't built a heap yet
I ordered some 15L bags of fancy compost (SylvaGrow® Organic Growing Medium) and that turned out to be nowhere near as much as I need, so I ordered some less fancy (Wickes Multi-Purpose) 50L bags. The 50L bags are maybe 1/3 larger than the 15L bags. I'm no mathematician but what the fuck is going on here?
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>> No. 2798 Anonymous
2nd March 2020
Monday 5:46 pm
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I suspect the Wickes stuff has been compressed in some way that they can label the quantity in the bag as 50l.
>> No. 2799 Anonymous
2nd March 2020
Monday 6:16 pm
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Is it going to swell up when it gets wet? There are lots of tiny holes in the bag so I'd assume not.
>> No. 2800 Anonymous
2nd March 2020
Monday 7:06 pm
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Shop brands are packed in super tight, the more you can fit on a single pallet the lower your shipping/storage/shopfloor costs are going to be.

Water is a real problem with this type of compost, because if it gets wet while it's compacted it'll stay compacted. You really need to give it a good fluffing up while it's still dry before you can use it. (A lot of people make this mistake with growbags, you need to break up all the compost inside before you even cut them open)

>> No. 2778 Anonymous
2nd December 2019
Monday 12:22 pm
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Does anybody know who this sexy creature is? At first i thought it novel to watch the progress of a spider egg sac on my bathroom window, but now there are two of them and i don't particularly like the idea of being overrun by 500 tiny spiders. I was bitten 3 times by a false widow over the summer.
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>> No. 2787 Anonymous
7th January 2020
Tuesday 2:25 pm
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I'll get a belljar soon to help protect any future displays from dust and prospective occupants.
>> No. 2788 Anonymous
7th January 2020
Tuesday 2:38 pm
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Are you a serial killer? Because your windowsill makes you look like a serial killer.
>> No. 2789 Anonymous
7th January 2020
Tuesday 2:59 pm
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How does your moss stay so fresh? I would assume it would die. Also have you thought about investing in a plant pot?
>> No. 2790 Anonymous
7th January 2020
Tuesday 3:17 pm
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I thought the same, so i put it in my bathroom which is often steamy and fairly moist with condensation from the window - It's been going since last autumn i think. It's a shame to have removed it but i don't really want that many grubs in my house.

Pictured gave me the idea - though i'm now wondering if it would become likewise infested.

They were dead when i found them.
>> No. 2791 Anonymous
7th January 2020
Tuesday 5:21 pm
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I suspect moss mats are probably deeply impractical in reality, highly slimy and your feet end up dirtier than when you started. I think it is one of those ideas that people buy because of the romance of it but turns out to be in reality awful.

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