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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 08:30

There you are Joyce - that's one brown lawn 

Have I killed my lawn with evergreen?

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 08:22

Rake the black stuff out - it'll look a mess but do it.  You should see my lawn at the moment - I've got a new electric rake and scarifier and have given the front lawn a complete going over.  It's the time of year for lawns to look a mess.

You could give the whole lawn a good spiking with a fork as well, that'll help the drainage over the winter.  

Then, towards the end of September, when we've had some warm autumnal rain, the whole lawn will be looking much better - the grass will have perked up and you might not even need to scatter seed.  

P.S.  raise the cutter on your mower - at this time of year you need to be leaving the grass a bit longer. 

Last edited: 02 September 2016 08:23:04

In trying to preserve what I grow I did lots of research, here is what I learned

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 08:16

Is there any guarantee dialling 911 gets Cagney & Lacey?  They're the only ones that are any good 

Poldark returns

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 08:06

He's on Radio 2 this morning - some time between now and 9.30am

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 08:03

WAKE UP EVERYONE - Aidan Turner is going to be Sarah Cox's guest on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show this morning, some time between now and 9.30am.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 07:37

Morning DD   Hope work flies by ..... enjoy your weekend with Charlie 

Growing Veg in a Cold Frame

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 07:33

It's not just the low temperatures, but also the low light levels, that slow plant growth down in the winter.

Cold frames are useful for over-wintering cuttings and seedlings to give them an early start in the spring, you could be picking Arctic King lettuce in early spring if you started them off in a cold frame now.  

Commercial growers have large heated greenhouses and polytunnels, usually with lighting too.  

If you want winter vegetables, there are some that you can grow in the open ground - Brussels sprouts, Savoy cabbage, winter cauliflowers (Aalsmeer are a good variety) but they need to have been started off back in late spring/early summer.

I've got Swiss chard growing in the veg patch now, which will carry on cropping through the winter with a bit of protection in the worst weather, and in late October I'll be direct sowing an overwintering variety of Broad Beans to get an early crop - usually picking in mid May. 

Have I killed my lawn with evergreen?

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 06:56

Evergreen 4 in 1 kills the moss - that's what's turned black.  It's what's supposed to happen.

Rake all the dead moss and grass thatch out of the lawn and bin it before you do anything else (not the compost heap as there's weedkiller in it too).  

In trying to preserve what I grow I did lots of research, here is what I learned

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 06:44

Why would you want to preserve it Hosta?  Bury it and build a good large manure heap over the top.

It worries me, someone who's only been learning about a subject for a few weeks at the most, writing about it, publicising their thoughts and calling themselves 'an expert'  ... working on that basis, expect me to be carrying out complex brain surgery within the next day or so ....... 

My hedges

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 06:32

A well cut hedge sets a garden off - like a picture in a frame.   

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