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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:10

Take it steady Wonky - I'm sure you feel weak due to lack of food, but not sure if roast pork and crackling is what you need right now!!! 

Laburnum tree and roses in same bed

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 16:06

Hi Craig 

Not sure which tree you mean.  A broom is a shrub, a laburnum is a tree .   Or do you mean this one 

Or are you talking about one of my favourites, the Mount Etna Broom, Genista aetnensis? 

Last edited: 18 September 2016 16:08:36

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:51

I'm with you on the sofa Joyce 

Shoulder of pork in the oven with roasting sweet potatoes and red onions - french beans prepped and apple sauce already made.  

white sprouting (broccoli/calabrese)

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 15:21
Katfish says:

Last autumn I bought plug plants called 'white sprouting' which I assume are broccoli or calabrese (unsure of the difference).  ...

 White sprouting looks like this when it's ready to start harvesting.  Take the central spear first, then the side shoots will keep appearing. 

Calabrese looks like this and has fewer side shoots

What is this?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:26

Hmm, why not coppice it?  

It responds well to that treatment, you get all the benefit of the wonderful foliage and yet you can keep it to a reasonable size.  That's what I would do. 

Last edited: 18 September 2016 14:29:13

Leylandii help?

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:18

I think Tetley's right - I would certainly think more than twice about buying a house with a leylandii hedge unless it was in superb condition.  There are many such hedges around here, most of which have been well-looked after in the past, but almost all of them have seen better days and are developing brown patches and other problems and need taking out and replacing.  

Hedge dying

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:14

Hi Alfie - to upload photos you need to start with the camera icon.  

You may need to reduce the size of your photos as the site cannot deal with large ones - however at the moment it just fails to upload them and doesn't tell you why. 

Apple Harvesting

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:10

I agree with Bob.

If you like a sharp eating apple you can eat Howgate Wonder freshly harvested, however they mellow a bit when stored and will keep for months in a cool frostfree place.  A marvellous dual purpose apple. 

Non fruiting fig

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 11:19

I found that pruning according to this then tomato feed once a fortnight in the spring/summer made my fig buck its ideas up.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 10:53

I've just been having a wander around the garden - before the rain the beds looked beautiful and full of colour - now they look soggy and battered - I'm trying to resist the urge to pull up all the cosmos right now and tidy it all, but the forecast for this week is ok - it should perk up again for another few days ... not quite time to put the garden to bed for the winter just yet ... but the cosmos will have to come up soon - I've got spring bulbs to plant in that bed ... and the house end of the Shady Bank needs a re-design 

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