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Bigyin replied to Robbie's discussion Selective Weed Killers
"I use a cheap plastic measuring cylinder bought from the chemist. Pour some in from the bottle then if over poured, pour back until the level is correct. To the nearest ml or so won't make much difference."
Aug 5, 2013
Bigyin replied to Andrew Michael Palmer's discussion Business Introduction email or Letter
"As mentioned by Brian and Andy, make sure you get your copy proof read by someone with a good grasp of English."
Jun 29, 2013
Bigyin commented on Landscape Juice's blog post Weed killer found in human urine across Europe
"Talk about scary movies !!. So what can we use instead ?"
Jun 16, 2013
Bigyin commented on Landscape Juice's blog post Weed killer found in human urine across Europe
""looks like another good product will be banned again" I wouldn't have thought we need to be too worried for the foreseeable future. Before it's banned, the powers that be would have to convince Monsanto (who are bound to resist…"
Jun 16, 2013
Bigyin commented on Landscape Juice's blog post Weed killer found in human urine across Europe
""Friends of the Earth Europe's spokesperson Adrian Bebb said: "Most people will be worried to discover they may have weed killer in their bodies." An emotive statement !! I'm no expert, but has it been shown that minute…"
Jun 15, 2013
Bigyin commented on Landscape Juice's blog post Weed killer found in human urine across Europe
"It's a shame that the recent publicity surrounding the concern about the use of Glyphosate doesn't appear to differentiate between it's use on resistant crops and it's use as a general weed killer on non cultivated areas. Common…"
Jun 15, 2013
Bigyin replied to Robbie's discussion Selective Weed Killers
"Thanks Nick for the advice on PPE. The gravel will be decorative. My place used to be a commercial nursery which had used a membrane under scalpings extensively but probably due to the climate here (Catalonia) the weeds definitely penetrate. I have…"
Jun 10, 2013
Bigyin replied to Robbie's discussion Selective Weed Killers
"I'm a bit confused with the different names (Glyphosate, Glufosinate etc.). Slight change of emphasis (although related). What personal protection do you pro's use (if any) when using these products ? Also, I want to lay about 150sqm of…"
Jun 9, 2013

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Posted on July 5, 2009 at 13:30 2 Comments

So we now knew that we could actually grow plants in our “soil”. The first crops were a bit sickly partly due to the soil and somewhat irregular watering with a hose pipe. Other pests started to appear, amongst them, slugs, snails, ants and Portugese millipedes. Admittedly the latter two didn’t seem to be detrimental to the plants but they made the maintenance somewhat unpleasant at times. This was added to by flies (including sand flies), mosquitoes, wasps (more of those later) and the ever… Continue

Healthy Eating

Posted on October 22, 2008 at 18:39 2 Comments

Just received this from a friend. If it causes any offence I'll gladly remove it.

In the beginning God covered the earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, with green, yellow and red vegetables of all kinds so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God's bountiful gifts, Satan created Dairy Ice Cream and Magnums. And Satan said, 'You want hot fudge with that? And Man said, 'Yes!' And Woman said, 'I'll have one too with chocolate chips'.… Continue

The Vegetable Garden

Posted on October 22, 2008 at 16:30 3 Comments

As we were still somewhat overwhelmed by the scale of the challenge, we decided that a vegetable patch would be the sensible thing to start with. This would enable us to test the viability of the soil and also obviate the necessity for any design skills which neither of us pretend to be endowed with.

Each swing of the pickaxe penetrated about six inches so I dug a couple of square metres to this depth, removed the spoil to one side… Continue

It's Soil Jim, but not as we know it !!.

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 18:32 0 Comments

It was now time to get cultivating. The first job was to examine the soil and decide how to make it productive. To call it soil is somewhat of an overstatement. It's a red, sandy and very stony substance that you would normally drive on in this area.

Ever the optimist, Margaret collected a sample and tested it with the little litmus type kit she'd bought with her from UK (bless !!). She declared that all was OK as it tested alkaline… Continue


Posted on October 15, 2008 at 17:30 3 Comments

Prior to attempting anything that might be construed as "constructive", we'd realised that having walked round the "Estate" a few times, there was quite a bit of attractive vegetation that was either growing wild, was left over from the days when it was a nursery or had been deliberately planted by previous occupants. This included various varieties of lavender, the usual Rosemary and Thyme etc. Margaret frequently fills vases with wild flowers she finds on site in the season.…


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At 8:03 on August 8, 2012,
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Thanks so much for your donation Roger...I really do appreciate it.

How's your raised beds coming along? ;-0)

Kind regards


At 14:38 on June 22, 2011, Graham Smith said…

Many thanks for the welcome sorry to be so long replying - been up to my neck!

must admit this looks like an invaluable site, looking forward to having more time to browse and to contribute.


At 16:27 on February 24, 2011, Lisa Cox said…

Many thanks for the welcome - looking forward to taking part!


At 16:43 on February 21, 2011, Alison Meek said…
Many thanks, Bigyin! Appreciate it can get very hectic.  It's just nice to know that there are others out there!  Hope you get a breather soon and things become just a bit hec instead.  Regards, Alison
At 13:47 on January 12, 2011, Gareth said…
Thanks. What I'll probably do is start using the free download and see if it makes things easier. If it does I might bite the bullet and invest in pro, skipping simplestart. Presumably your records can be taken along with each upgrade - you wont have to start afresh!?
At 19:02 on January 5, 2011, Bigyin said…
Thanks Lucy.  I've been taken with pleached trees since I saw the Malus at Alnwick gardens on a visit to UK last year.
At 17:56 on January 5, 2011, Lucy Bravington said…

Hi Roger, thanks for the comment.  Yes I'd describe them as pleached and they are Hornbeam.


At 20:06 on September 29, 2010, Peter Christopher said…
thanks guys always looking for good tips, by the way does anyone know what the current going rate per day is for landscaping in kent
At 12:38 on September 29, 2010, David Tabberner said…
Thanks Bigyin.
At 17:46 on September 27, 2010, Bigyin said…
No, you change as much as you want. They all look good to me :-)

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