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Latest posts by Clarington

Winter Tree wash

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 14:07

Can someone explain what the winter wash does? I've an apple tree (not sure what type), a crab apple, and a pear tree in the garden but I can never remember my mother washing any of the many apple trees in her garden.


Posted: 13/02/2014 at 11:57

The sun is doing its best to peek in through the blinds at work. I hope its going some way into drying out the UK.

Feeling very unmotivated at work today, I really need to win that lottery so I can afford to work part time. If I had a pillow I'd be asleep on my desk right now!

Trying to inspire myself by trying to work out how I want the planting around the apple tree to be laid out... and indeed what plants I could grow there in the relative shade of the tree / green house. I've dug all the soil to dig in more fresh top soil and fertiliser for the tree (half of its roots area will be covered by slate) and the moss I was digging through assures me that its not the sunniest of spots! I wanted to put herbs like rosemary there but I'm now not sure it'll be bright enough.

Greenhouse was 1'C this morning and the pond partly frozen over. My poor fish are coming back from their holiday home this weekend all being well - I hope its not too much of a shock to them! We haven't any plants in it yet (non are available and I left my old pond plants at the other house) just plastic drain piping I've rigged up to act as an area for them to hide in.


Posted: 13/02/2014 at 09:11

KEF - the green house is fine, though I am now a little more keen to move the rest of the top soil mountain as I am a little worried it might collapse with any more rain and go tumbling through. Fortunately the garden seems to have survived just fine - I was very worried about the apple tree (since the ground has been disturbed nearby with the pond going in and I've dug all the top soil around one side to replenish it with new and feed it) but a fallen tree would be nothing compared to what others are going through. I am however very grateful to have hedges through most of the back garden - we drove past the house where we used to live not long ago to find the fences had finally succumbed to the weather and had disappeared down the road.

Plenty of rubbish from the neighbours has made it into the front garden (they don't seem to like sealing their rubbish with a lid so it often makes for an escape) so looks like that'll be this evenings job to tidy up.

Please keep safe everyone - this is no weather to be making undue risks for!

Cats in the graden

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 07:18

We've been having a problem with the neighbours cat and I'm finding using short canes in freshly dug soil and scaring the cat off when we're in the garden is having a positive effect Even though we both work full time.

When the vege garden is finished I'll be using chicken wire too keep the cats away.



Posted: 13/02/2014 at 07:13
4thPanda wrote (see)

It is a lovely place Clari. How unfortunate that they do that a lot  

Have you changed your avatar? I like the pic (apologies if you haven't, still a lovely pic though!) 

Fortunately we don't take the train too often but it does make it a little "exciting" sometimes!

I don't think I've changed it! It should still be last years strawberry flower thank you. 


Posted: 13/02/2014 at 07:07

Morning all.

Hoping you all had an untroubling night. I'm yet to go and check the greenhouse is still in one piece.  Hopefully today will be a quiet one.  As the radio just said - 1 down, 2 (storms) to go.


Posted: 12/02/2014 at 21:06
4thPanda wrote (see)

Thanks ladies  We are cutting out Market Harborour (sp?) so hopefully that will make up some time 

PM'd you back Kef 

Market Harborough.  Lovely place but thr trains have a habit of not stopping there when they're running late making it damned inconvenient for those of us who have family there!


Posted: 12/02/2014 at 19:15
Wind is picking up here & we're having it mind to the rest of the UK.

Torch & candles waiting for any power cuts. Expecting many trees down tomorrow.

Keep safe!!

New to growing veg

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 15:25

Lynne, what are you thinking of growing this year?

I'm only using the sowing dates on the packets as a guideline as I'm sure the weather varies so much across the country - certainly last year my mother (100 miles South) was filling the conservatory with tomato plants creeping up the windows while mine were still sat shivering in pots looking very tiny. Plants seem to find their own way and catch up when the weather is right.

Damage to moss

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 15:19

Peanuts - What coincidence I've just dug up the moss around my apple tree so that I COULD feed the tree (half of its root system will be covered in weed matting and slate).

I've used slow release fertiliser and dug in new top soil (which we dug out of the garden when we made the hole for the pond).

Here's to happy trees in 2014!!

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