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Olive Tree problem

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 14:45

Rainfall is ok, as long as the pots are draining well. 

Keeping the roots healthy is the most important thing - if the roots are ok the top will regrow even if it gets frosted.  

I don't know why the leaves are dry and crisp - if in the summer it may be under-watering, and if in the winter it may be over-watering.  

Fingers crossed that cutting down on the water in the winter will solve the problem. 

Memories of the past

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 14:28

My parents bought a television to watch the coronation in 53 (the summer my little brother was born).  However in '56 we moved from Bedfordshire to a dilapidated farm in a very rural area of Suffolk and the village had no electricity.  People used to come and look at our television, but we couldn't switch it on and they didn't understand what it did because they'd never seen one, and most of them had never been to the cinema either.  

By the time electricity came to the village ITV was up and running and my schoolfriends' parents bought modern tvs on which they watched Bonanza, and Sunday Night at the London Palladium and other sophisticated programmes which our old television couldn't receive.  I had to wangle invitations to tea in order to see them and keep up with the chatter in the playground. 

Memories of the past

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 14:04

Pa made an electric bedwarmer by making a cage of galvanised wire mesh with an electric lightbulb suspended inside it.  It worked well for quite a while until something went wrong and it scorched the mattress!!!!!!!!!   Ma then sent him out to buy a proper one, made by Belling 

Olive Tree problem

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 13:56

I wouldn't water them at all in the winter - many Mediterranean plants can cope with low temperatures if their roots are almost dry, but cold and wet is very bad for them.  

What sort of compost are they in?  I would use John Innes loam based compost No 3, with added grit at a ratio of 3:1 to ensure really good drainage.  Also keep the pots raised up on feet to enable the pots to drain well.  

I would bubble wrap the pots really well, but I wouldn't fleece the top growth unless the temperatures drop to -5C or below.  

Also, remember that even evergreen trees drop their leaves at some time during the year, they just don't drop them all at once in the autumn like deciduous trees.  It may be that this is part of their normal behaviour, but it's being made more noticeable by having a degree of root rot due to the roots being too wet in the winter, causing them to struggle.

Good luck. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 13:14

One of our cats used to catch moles from the meadow behind us, and bring them still squeaking through the cat flap into the conservatory to play with - once she lost one and it disappeared - we eventually found it a couple of weeks later when the rainwater gulley under the conservatory tiled floor blocked up   Moles can obviously get into very small holes 

So...Resurrected and Rebooted

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 12:48
Joyce21 says:

A flock of redwings arrived this morning.  Definitely winter ...

 Haven't seen or heard any yet Joyce - they only come into the gardens around here when they've stripped the hedgerows around the grazing marshes ...... maybe we'll go out for a drive to the coast if we get a dry day this week ... perhaps we'll look out for a starling murmuration too ... I know where there's a regular one over the reedbeds ... 

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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 12:03

Glad you're arrived and settled in Hosta - have a lovely time and get a good glow - then we can warm our hands on you when you get back - it's flippin' chilly here Brrrrrrrrrr!!!

So...Resurrected and Rebooted

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 10:29


So...Resurrected and Rebooted

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 10:09

Watching David Attenborough last night I said to OH, if there is reincarnation, I want to come back as a spider monkey.  He looked at me and laughed ... apparently he can't imagine me swinging from branch to branch in the forest canopy 

Hope LB reappears soon ............ 

Memories of the past

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 10:05

Now that's what you call a proper garden fence 

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