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Cherry tree

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 14:39

Do you know what kind of cherry tree it is? Importantly can it self fertilise to produce the cherries or does it need a partner nearby (which would potentially explain a lack of cherries)?

Or are you getting cherries develop and then fall off? Do you have birds /squirrels that might be pulling them off to eat?

Gardening Book

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 14:36

I'm waiting for our Mike to get pen to paper and spill forth his knowledge to us beginners. He always has such a clear way of writing and never makes you feel that he believes himself superior just because he's gotten a few more years under the belt than the rest of us (well; most of us ).

Til then I'm saving my money for plants and using the internet rather than books!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:50
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Exfiting about your man shed Clari  How's the 'diet' going, can you eat more now and are you still feeling ok?

Never hired a  rotivator so can't help sorry, OH can't find his lump hammer though for this blasted root!!!

OL - I've added wheat / gluten / yeast back into the mix and am still having random flares ups that are quite the puzzle (I was also having these while on the rabbit food diet) I also near instantly gained back the 3lb I lost on the rabbit food mix so one of all of those is / are going on the "limited" list to see if we can keep the bloat to a minimum. Interestingly I do feel more tired now I've added those back despite now getting over a 1000 calories a day up from my 400 - 600 a day. How odd! I am finding that it is best to have several small meals (i.e. half what you'd normally have) scattered throughout the day rather than "shock" your body with three a day. This does rather lead to unhealthy choices when snacking though (good job I can't have chocolate yet!) So I really need to get back in the kitchen and make some tasty treats to keep me from prying open the fridge door too often. I also need to get a smaller plate and bowl to show my partner what I mean by half measures as if he cooks he insists on filling our bowls and plates to the top and I find myself unconsciously eating more than I should!

This weekend we're off to the families so it'll be interesting to see how much melodrama they can cause at meal times. If it were my parents we were staying with at least I'd be able to prepare my own food but kitchens are a little political in his families households!

Still I am very grateful that it could be much worse - both health and family!

Greenhouse seal

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 13:20

Silicone sealant?

Human irrigation system

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 11:36

Mike - since you don't have a fondness for tap water (and necter is out of the question) have you tried of of these flavoured waters? Or even just adding a wedge of lemon to a glass of sparkling water to get those fluid levels up so they get nice clear pictures of you?

We'll all be thinking of you on Saturday like rampant weeds spreading across the country squeezing ever little bit of love we can in your direction.

 

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 11:26

We're suffering the blanket weed Dove - unfortunately until the oxygenating weed and lilly grow a little (or a lot) we can't really cover the surface to stop all this lovely sunlight sending the green makers into over drive. I brought some liquid barley straw extract but am leaving it a week as I've just planted four mini bull rush type plants (Typha Angustifolia) and didn't want to shock the pond too much in one go.

Its lovely seeing our two fish swimming around now they've plants to investigate rather than just their drain pipe hides! S has chosen some others that we'll introduce in a month or so's time - don't tell him but to me they just look like carrots!

Anybody watching The Big Allotment Challenge

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 11:18

For entertainment values it wasn't a bad way to waste some time in front of the goggle box. I think once characters grow it'll develop more.

Surely I wasn't the only one that looked at a certain teams manicured nails with confusion and wondered why you'd think them suitably gardening hands as I wiped my mud stained hands on my mud stained jeans

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 11:05

Hope they managed to extract blood without too many problems KEF!! Enjoy your tea and toast

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 10:27

Peanut - I was wondering how creatures find ponds myself just yesterday when we found a pond skater in our pond (as far as we're aware there isn't another pond around for streets and streets).

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 10:25

Mrs G - Oh he'll notice the extra green house appearing! For starts he's "agreed" to lay the paving slabs (about 50 of them in total) so that I can rotate the current greenhouse by 90 degrees and have them side by side (means less glass will be on view from the house). He's also decided that when he lifts the paving up the length of the garden to install electricity and internet to his Man Shed he'll use these as the green house bases and put new ones down the path so they match the ones that poke out from under his shed. which at least means that he wont be able to put the Green Houses off too long (although I'd happily wait until the frosts are over as once we dismantle the first to prepare the areas my chilli's and tomatoes will be rather prone) as its in his best interest to get the electricity up there so the kettle can be installed!

The chaps arrived to deliver and assemble it at 08:30 this morning and my last update about 20 minutes ago was that the roof was almost on.

Your arches are arriving on Good Friday? Looks like we know what you'll be up too over the Easter weekend!

 

Can anyone recommend a company to hire a Rotavator from? At the moment its looking cheaper to buy a second hand one than hire something for the weekend.

Discussions started by Clarington

A collection of unknown plants requiring identifying.

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Heated propagators

When do you decant the seedlings? 
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Evergreen Grass With Purple Flowers In Summer

Lost its ID tag in the move - can you identify it? 
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Native Pond Plants

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Not spam - honest!! :D 
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Water Butts

Recommended Suppliers? 
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How LATE can you plant blackcurrents / raspberries?

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Yellowing Basil plant leafs.

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You Know You Enjoy Your Garden When...

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Big Bold Purple Plants (for August 2014)

Ideas for wedding plants needed! 
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Blogs to keep us contented over the wet wintery weather

Add links to your blogs here! 
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Pond Fabrication

What is the best material to use? 
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Compost Bins

What's the "best" out there? 
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Wooden Raised Beds

What do you do to the wood to preserve it? 
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How long can you save seeds / bulbs for?

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