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Posted: 02/02/2015 at 09:31

Just been out to top up feeders, thaw the birdbath, put out chopped apples and raisins for the blackbirds and mealworms for the robins and the wrens.  It's still flippin chilly and the ground is frozen hard. 

With the terracotta pots - they're quite decorative, with ornamental frills and furbelows applied separately by the 'potter' and in the main it's these that are falling off, moisture having got between the body of the pot and the ornamentation and then frozen.  Most of them are pots that my parents bought for their new garden when they retired from the farm and moved to Southwold, so they're getting on for 40 years old so they've not done too badly.

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 08:47

And you can get grass mixtures that are better at growing in the shade than the more usual ones


Posted: 02/02/2015 at 08:45

Sorry, meant to say - it has stopped raining at last   I've been told by a friend in Germany that it's International Wetlands Day today - I think my back garden's trying to join in - it's quite boggy out there - but it will soon dry out - it doesn't stay wet for long. 


Posted: 02/02/2015 at 08:42

Morning KEF  

I should have bubblewrapped them - but I didn't - my wrist was sore and OH wrapped the ones that had precious plants in etc, but the ones with spring bulbs in etc we just left - after all they'd been fine every other winter - even the one before last when it was so cold for so long!  Hey ho - just an excuse to go shopping again  



Posted: 02/02/2015 at 08:20

Good morning all

Flippin chilly here too - I'd inherited lots of decorative terracotta pots from my Aged Ps' garden - this winter they're suffering badly in the frost and large chunks are falling off them - on the bright side I'll have lots of crocks for potting on etc.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 17:39

Woody - please accept our sincere condolences.

Worm infestation in grass

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 17:27

There are no chemical worm killers that are legally available to the amateur gardener nowadays - thank goodness.


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 17:04

The ex once threw the house keys to our daughter in a leafy pub carpark one evening ... it was getting dark, she didn't catch them and they fell in the leaves

Fortunately our 16 year old daughter was as nimble as a mountain goat. She climbed over the single story (pitched roof) office at the side of the house and into the back garden, then somehow clambered up onto the flat roofed extension at the back of the house and in through her bedroom window which fortunately she'd left open just a crack

Pruning Raspberries

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 16:27

I think I'd treat them as autumn fruiting and cut them all down to ground level.  If they're autumn fruiting they'll fruit this year.  If they're summer fruiting they won't - they'll grow new canes which will need tying in and which will fruit next summer 2016.

If they've been neglected then in the spring (March?)  I'd give them a good mulch of well-rotted manure and a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone (according to directions on the pack).


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 16:19

Runnybeak - what about HF Young - I've got one and it flowers it's socks off for me even on a north-facing fence


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