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Posted: 15/03/2014 at 06:13

Good morning all   I had a pony when I was a child - rotten thing bucked me off and broke my arm and Ma sold it.  After that I rode other people's horses until my children were old enough for ponies and we got another, and a ride and drive cob for me  - didn't do dressage bless her - cantering a figure eight confused her so much her legs got tangled up!  Last time I rode was about 4 years ago, I went trekking on Exmoor - absolute bliss!!!  Sister and brother in law used to do eventing until bad backs (theirs and the horses') stopped that happening - since then they've just lots of mucking out and grooming, but just recently SIL bought herself a cob - I've not seen him yet but I might be tempted ................. 

This Strange and Wonerful Weather System

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 06:02

How lovely to hear your garden described so beautifully Mike - I was there looking around with you 

I may ave contaminated the soil in my garden?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 21:21

Lead ceased to be used in household paint in the UK in 1963 - how old was the paintwork you burned?


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 20:34

Glad to hear it KEF  Ear's on the mend too 

Time for Gardeners World!

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:53

Our rhubarb is doing so well, this is the second year of cropping and I've already had three large crumbles-worth in the past 10 days or so 

Fig Tree

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:46


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:45

KEF, you keep your gale to yourself - I want a gardening day 

By the way, how's your back doing today?


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:15

That sounds rather good Artjak - lovely Greek guys to mow your lawn 

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:50

I used rainwater when I did the soil test in this garden 'cos I know our water's hard. 

Figs tree and fruit from last year

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:47

I'm worried that fig isn't getting enough water - although figs need good drainage they do need plenty of water to produce fruit, and with the surface of the soil piled up like that I can't see how you can water it.

My fig's a bit bigger than that but I've only had this one a year - it's in a square pot 16" x 16" x 22" approx - as it only has a small rootball at the moment the bottom of the pot is filled with chunks of polystyrene, making sure it doesn't impede the drainage.   The compost is John Innes No 3 loam based with about 30% horticultural grit added.   There's about a 3" gap between the top of the  compost and the rim of the pot, so that when I water it I can fill that space up with water and let it soak through. 

We had just a couple of ripe figs last year, although it produced about a dozen fruit late in the summer that had to be removed as they wouldn't ripen.  There are at least half a dozen tiny fruits right at the tips of the branches so hopefully we'll get a good crop this summer.  Last weekend I top-dressed the compost with a sprinkling of Fish, Blood and Bone. 

Hope that's helpful 

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