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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/10/2013 at 18:55

All organic here Verd.  I have half a bag of miracle grow crystals and half a box of growmore pellets which are about 20 years old - if I ever use them, it will be to sprinkle them in small amounts on the compost heap to help break down cardboard etc, but only if I ever have trouble with my (ahem) 'organic sprinkler', if you know what I mean!  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 21:46

Some are for the new planters and some for established borders, Verdun.  A few of the more exciting (to me) ones are:

Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue'

Chaenomeles 'Crimson and Gold'

Corydalis 'Purple Leaf'

Dierama 'Merlin' (the white one was o/s)

Dicenta spectabilis

Myrtus 'Tarentina'

Viburnum 'Eve Price'

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 23/10/2013 at 20:43

Hi Verd, just want to say thanks for the tip about woottens.  I ordered about 20 plants at approx. 1am on Monday and they arrived this morning at 9am - now that's what I call service!  Nice big plants in big pots - much better than I've been used to - and extremely well packed with those biodegradable 'cheesey wotsits' that are now mixed into the compost heap.  

honey fungus

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 23:46

Any dead trunks left in the ground are the ideal home for HF and it's from this base that it sends out rhizomorphs ('bootlaces') which, when they come into contact with living roots, infect other plants.  If you place your woodpile on bricks etc so that the wood isn't in contact with the ground, any HF in the wood will die as the wood dries out.  I wouldn't worry about infecting things via garden tools - it's not like a virus or bacteria and doesn't spread by contact.  The specialist sites say that even the spores of the fruiting bodies have negligable effect in spreading the fungus - it's the rhizomorphs which cause the damage.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 19:12

Hi all,

Verdun - I had a look at Woottens and got carried away - some great stuff there and many at half price due to the time of year I expect.    Looks like I may have to build another cold frame to overwinter some of them now though!

Must have natives?

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 19:04

Also don't forget Sweet Rocket which also comes in a white form (Hesperis matronalis alba)  as well as the usual pink.  The scent is heavenly.

Front garden revamp - before and after photos

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 18:41

Dolgarrog, the two new beds took two 'jumbo' (1000 litre) bags to fill with about half a bag left over which I used to top-up the large bed.  The one by the door is 180cm long x 60cm wide x 60cm deep - that's 648,000 cubic cm which equals 648 litres. 

With square beds it's easy: Length x Width x Height (all in cm) then divide by 1000 to get litres.   As FG said, it takes more soil than you realise to fill raised beds!

Verdun, the almond is an excellent idea!

Statues OR Ornaments

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:26

Zoomer, I know exactly what you mean - I was always followed around the garden by a furry 'nuisance' in days past.  Pepper, Marmalade, Startle, Sneaky, Bubbly, Toast, Tigger and Muffin are all laid to rest in my garden.  Each one has a special shrub growing where they were each buried so I'm constanty reminded.  The OH won't let me have another cat as she's developed allergies but if another stray needs a home, I'd find it very difficult to refuse a new 'little helper'.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 20:04

Like fidgetbones I've spent most of the day shredding.  Cut back most of the wild hedge - mainly hawthorn with wild roses, ash saplings and crab apple growing through.  Don't know what I'd do without the shredder - the wild roses and hawthorn are lethal!  Rain stopped play though, so need to be careful if I go out in the evenings next week as I the path and border by the hedge is now covered in piles of very prickly clippings!  I don't know what type of wild roses they are but the stems grow 15-20 feet tall before falling over sideways.  One used to grow nearly to the top of a 70ft Ash tree before that was blown down a few years ago!

Parsnip problem

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 13:28

The only thing I know of is to grow varieties which are less prone to canker.  My pet theory is that at least some canker-looking damage may actually be caused by carrot fly which are also atracted to parsnips so fleecing them may help. 

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