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  1. Vegetative propagation of Monkey Puzzles

    The warnings related to the seedlings but strangely I now find no such warnings despite looking at half a dozen of the hits when Googling 'germinating Monkey Puzzle seed'. Perhaps knowledge has advanced and it was the growers and not the conditions that were at fault! Re losing seedlings to frost here's a guess at an explanation: in their native South American high altitude environment I would think the summers are hot so seedlings germinating in the spring would grow fast - fast enough to be of a size able to withstand the following winter's hard weather. Losing them to frost in this country must surely be down to outdoor planting while too small.
  2. Vegetative propagation of Monkey Puzzles

    I germinated a couple from seed a few years back and remember the dire warnings about sterile atmosphere etc due to very high susceptibility to fungal attack. The seedlings indeed did not survive but I can't remember if the reason for their demise was obvious. I too would tend toward gentle ventilation rather than none; stagnant air isn't usually a good idea. Instruction on growing conditions seem to emphasise keeping the young plants damp but on no account wet. Good luck with the cuttings and keep us updated.
  3. Show us ya birds !

    Fantastic. My dad used to keep a pair as bought aviary birds. I've always dreamed of seeing one wild.
  4. Jo beau 300 reviews

    Don't even contemplate a fixed chute if a rotating one's an option; you'll regret not going for a very useful attribute.
  5. Jo beau 300 reviews

    Extremely reliable: I've had mine over 5 years and it's never let me down. Remember the engine's a Honda GX so... Pulling brash in well is done by sharp blades so I guess all the mini chippers will do this if the blades are thus. Worth the extra money? I have no idea as I've had no other mini chipper but would I expect a £2k machine to have performed as reliably and effectively as mine has done? Probs not. I'm glad you've picked up on the weight issue: that 50kg difference between the JB and the CS100 kills the idea of the 100 for me. I'm not knocking it but I couldn't haul it up 8' folding ramps onto my pickup as I do the JB. Which nicely addresses the loading issue too; ramps into a van will present no problem. Have you put your mind to lashing the machine once in the van? OK if there are good lashing points but they need to be strong; any machine with pneumatic tyres needs to be lashed tight to stop it bouncing about unless you can chock it. Feel free to come back with any more q's. Oh - if you need ramps go to www.theramppeople.co.uk
  6. Has anyone heard of Peruzzo?

    Cheaper than a whole new chipper could be a tracked barrow base + fabricated steel something to secure your CS100 to it. If you make the chipper easily (de)mountable you then have the barrow for carting gear or logs as well. See Dean's (Global Newark) post on the previous page re that idea for the Jo Beau M300 which I've gone for. Last week the bare barrow base carried probably half a ton of logs up a sloping garden and straight up the concrete steps to awaiting pickup for me; a revelation after years of handballing!
  7. Post your stump grinding photos

    Yeah, I agree. I put an HB20 on my Navara but take the tailgate off to do it. That tailgate's capable of taking much more than 100kg (I run the 145kg Jo Beau onto it) but I don't fancy sitting over 300kg on a pair of thin straps and two small lugs.
  8. Soft wood

    To be pedantic softwoods are defined as gymnosperms, not conifers, but nearly all gymnosperms are conifers. Yew may not be a conifer but it carries its seeds without a carpel, i.e. naked, and is thus a gymnosperm, i.e. a softwood by definition if not by property. Simples. Maybe.
  9. Soft wood

    That's... unfortunate! I wonder what he recommends as a source of 'good' firewood seeing as there's none apparently available locally! Latvia?!
  10. what to do with laurel once cut

    No! Yesterday I added to a pile of chip made in October; it's a heap of mushy brown wet compost. As long as you don't inhale large amounts of concentrated fumes from fresh foliage you're fine with laurel. There are far nastier plants about in abundance.
  11. what to do with laurel once cut

    Agree with all the above: people worry too much about the lovely smell of fresh chipped laurel brush. Mm-mmm! The wood is great; for such a dense timber (when larger) it dries fast. Good firewood.
  12. primary help

    Good luck with everything. If you're interested I have a spare Zubat 300mm scabbard you could have - not sure why you'd want it even if it's the right length (not 330mm) - but the offer's there. Failing the above if anyone else fancies it PM me.
  13. Soft wood

    Yew... far too good to go in the softwood pile; it goes in with the hardwoods. It's 'better' (whatever that means) than some perfectly legitimate hardwood logs such as Sorbus. Willow and pop - if I really have to get rid of any - go in the softwood heap.
  14. Soft wood

    That would be a cinch in that customer's case: 'if the wood was so good from your previous seller best you go back there'! ...Sir/Madam. No need to be rude about it
  15. Soft wood

    Sounds like the stove's more intelligent than the punter if it can discern hardwood from soft! I ran out of dry hardwood some weeks ago (doh) and have sold a couple of half loads of soft just to keep the fires lit so to speak: no complaints yet. I suspect there may be some surprise at just how well and warm the soft burns.


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