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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


Gardening Tool help

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:44

Hi Joshua

One thing I would really love for my garden is a frame with netting across to place over my wildlife pond to keep falling tree leaves out of the pond in the autumn - it sounds simple, but it needs to be easily folded up quite small and stored away in the garage for the rest of the year, and then easily opened up and placed over the pond in the autumn. 

The base of the framework needs to be raised off the lawn so that frogs etc can get in and out of the pond and the netting needs to be kept taut so that birds don't get entangled.   I've been thinking about how to make something like this all year but am stumped - it probably needs an engineering undergraduate's brain rather than an artist's

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:28

I don't think that's a problem David - it's human nature to try to find a shared experience in order to show empathy

Snow Damage to Californian Lilac

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:12

I'd replace it - they do hate root disturbance so what has happened sounds like bad news to me.  Rather than waste a year trying to save it I'd grasp the nettle and hoik it out now and get another one - perhaps a deciduous one this time to try to guard against snow damage?


Posted: 01/02/2015 at 14:06

The birds certainly think that spring's on the way Clari - all sorts of Woodpigeon shenanigans going on out there this lunchtime, plus Mr and Mrs Blackbird and Mr and Mrs Bluetit very obviously paired up.

By the way, if Hostafan's about - just wanted to wish him and his OH a lovely holiday - hope his gammy knee doesn't stop them having a fantastic time.  Don't worry about  your garden, we'll keep an eye on it for you

Pruning Raspberries

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 12:12

If they're summer fruiting raspberries then the canes that fruited last summer are likely to have been tied to the supports while the new canes are loose and will need tieing in.

When did the previous owner vacate the plot?  That might give us another clue

What's on your wishlist?

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 11:39

I've always wanted one of these - I think I might have found room for it

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