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Is this a medlar fruit tree?

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 20:55

Our medlars don't drop until about October/November. Lots on the tree right now but rock hard and firmly attached.

Pachysandra terminalis "Green Carpet"

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 09:12

Ivy leaf cyclamen are very good in dry spots under trees and hedges.

i would have bought pachysandra would be ok, you probably need to help it along for the first season or so.

We have ivy and vinca growing well under a very dry and shaded north facing lilac hedge also clumps of Irish foetidissima

Potatoe in barrel unsuccessful

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 08:10

I think it's just been too early to harvest. I thought most potato crops take 16+ weeks to be ready for harvesting. I planted my potatoes at the end of April, so maybe just before yours, and will be harvesting in September, If I dug them up today I wouldn't expect to find much at all...

Fibre pots - never again

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 08:55

You could win a few funny veg contests with those : )

I've used some fibre pots this year - flower seeds not veg- and feel I have had mixed success with some plants much smaller than those grown in 'normal' seed trays. They looked fine and grew well initially but don't seem to have grown much more since planting out. Will be interesting to see it is all the fibre pot ones that are all runts when I pull them up at the end of the season - we have lots of empty border so grew lots of annuals this year so can't quite remember for sure which are the fibre pots ones now they are all out.

Have already decided I will use up the few I have left but probably won't buy again in future.

Are your autumn raspberries fruiting now and

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 08:44

I can't help re the beetle but we had Autumn Bliss on our allotment and they always started fruiting about now and then continued until the first frosts.

I guess cutting them back later would delay them - maybe you could experiment next year and do half later than the other half. 


Posted: 20/07/2017 at 13:09


Bench renovation

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 09:16

We found an old bench when clearing brambles in our garden. Going off the old makers plate we guess it's about 30 years old. Definitely looked past its best but hubby scraped off the moss and then scrubbed it down with water and a touch of bleach (cap full in a washing up bowl of water) and it came up as good as new and all the algae and mould gone. We let it dry and then painted straight onto the wood, still looks fab 12 months on.

We used a Cuprinol paint - is it just me or do none of the shades look anything like the brochure or in several cases for us the tins weren't even the same as the tester pots?


Posted: 20/07/2017 at 08:59

Ours all go on the heap and seem to break down ok - most common item I often find still intact is egg shells. And like Clarington, we are light-touch composters.

Like Hosta we drink a LOT of tea, so would hate them to go into landfill. The only difference is that any potential contaminant is in a different place. I would prefer not to contaminate my soil but for me a small level at home is preferable to adding further to the level for dreadful contamination in a landfill.

We often add cardboard and paper to our bin as well so accept that various contaminants may enter our compost one way or another.

It's one of those issues you have to reach your own decision on and do what makes you comfortable and sits well with your conscience.

PS I don't think I have enough window sills to dry ours out. My mum used to have a friend who dried hers out - but that was because she used each teabag three times........


Posted: 20/07/2017 at 08:42

Word of (practical) caution - if buying a load to be delivered do check where they are willing to offload it. We live about 60ft up a small unadopted lane and have had some suppliers refuse to drop-off loads on our drive, even though the lane is perfectly usable. Some are very literal about 'kerb-side' deliveries only - and our lane has no kerbs......

Its no fun barrowing a large delivery of manure, sand or anything 60ft up an unmade lane - add in timing co-inciding with pick-up time for the primary school opposite and the fun just increases.....

Safe to say, that unless we are confident where it will be left we go for bags every time now : )

Leaf mould

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 08:30

We never turn our leaf mould and all the advice I have read is not too.

Having said that we never turn our compost either - never had time when working full time with young kids, nor the space to easily do it - and we always got good compost so still rarely bother now. Does take a bit longer to be garden ready than if we did (I assume) but no harm otherwise.

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