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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 15:54

Just back from my mums after having to replace a TV aerial cable which was routed behind fitted wardrobes..   Mum now happy and can watch TV in bed again.

There was just enough light left to lift a really thuggish agapanthus and a mass of montbretia which had intermingled with it - a solid 3ftx3ftx1ft of tangled roots now chopped to bits and stuck in pile to hopefully get frosted and rot - and good riddance to both! 

It took the last of my own compost to fill the hole plus two 70l bags of MPC but I planted 30 rather lovely red tulips at the bottom of the hole first and a layer of winter crocus before placing the final layer of compost on, so looking forward to those.

Same again needed tomorrow - I'll be slightly sad to see another agapanthus go but glad when those bloody montbretia are just a dim memory - they are nasty hoodlums in my garden.  The agapanthus are ones I grew from seeds from a Headborne hybrid in the front garden so no great loss.  I think I'll get some of the more delicate types... and keep them in pots!

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 10:23

Nope, I get no ads of any kind with IE 11 Dove because I use this:

https://adblockplus.org/

Together with Easy List Tracking Protection List (TPL) so the usual big web operators (Amazon et al) aren't bombarding me with emails trying to sell me stuff from pages I have visited either.  

Broccoli - whats eating it?

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 18:52

Use the green tree icon and upload photos directly from your own computer.

It can take quite a while.

BBcode won't work here.

Embedded links to externals image hosting sites often don't work.  You can't upload images from phones.

BTW, it's woodpigeons that are`eating your broccoli as I can see from the picture you uploaded on your first post.

Broccoli - whats eating it?

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 18:32

Woodpigeons!

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS.......

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 22:07

For the last 30 years or so my tradition has been to cook the Christmas dinner using exclusively veg from my own garden.  If only I had room to raise poultry too, it would be perfect!  

I can't tell you how much I look forward to doing this every year - it's simply bliss!

Tatty advice

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 18:44

The holes were likely produced by black keeled slug which live in the soil and they seem to love clay (and potatoes!)  Try and choose varieties which have some slug resistance - Kestrel (2nd early) do well here in my keeled slug infested clay and taste great.  More are listed about half way down this RHS potato advice page:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=716

Tomato Blight

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 23:37

Blight spores are carried in the air, so there's always a chance of getting it, even in a brand new GH.  Cleaning your GH is always a good idea at the end of the year though and can only help.  If you have soil borders in there, then I would skim-off and replace the top 2-3 inches which should stop any spores laying on the soil surface from being splashed onto the plants next year.

plumb tree

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 23:30

It depends on the variety and what rootstock it is grafted onto susan3.  Do you have any information on the one you are thinking of planting?  The majority of them found in GCs and supermarkets etc come on 'St Julian A' rootstock which will eventually result in a tree of about 5m high.  I wouldn't risk planting one any nearer to the house than that.

If you don't have that much space you can still grow plums on a dwarf tree (even in a large pot or other container.)  In that case look for a 'patio' or 'mini' plum tree which will come on a dwarfing rootstock like 'VVA1'.

Fuchsia identification

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 18:29

As the flowers in the pics are 2" long, they are almost certainly semi-hardy types as are nearly all large-flowered fuchsias.

Potted Climber for a Shady Wall

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 18:25

Lots of clematis grow perfectly well in shade but most don't like pots unless they are very large and deep.  However, modern breeding has produced some cultivars which do well in largish pots - try googling for 'boulevard' and 'top to bottom clematis' if you like that idea.

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