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What's happening to my hedge? :-(

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 13:38

That is a very smart hedge indeed ... not a bare ankle to be seen 

Privet is sort of semi-deciduous and every so often it decides to shed and replace a lot of leaves ... I suspect that the black spots appeared because the leaves were getting old and about to drop.  

If you've not fed the hedge already this spring, I'd give it a sprinkling of Blood, Fish & Bone but other than generally keeping the base clear of weeds etc I think it'll be fine just left to get on with life 

Of course, if we get a dry summer after the dry winter and spring that we've had, a few good soakings won't go amiss. 

Bugs eating rhubarb

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 13:04

Lyn, what spray do you use?  Presumably something ok for food crops ... don't want you struck down with something awful ........ ((hugs)) 

I know you're sensible, but just thought I'd mention it ............ 

Appeared on Allotment

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 11:39

Hmmm - which Notcutts Elizabeth?  If it's the Norwich one I shall tease them rotten ... they're just up the road from here ........... 

Desirable or undesirable?

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 11:35

I have sweet rocket in my garden ........ love it ................ the perfume on warm summer evenings is amazing ..................... warm summer evenings .............. wots one of those then? 

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 11:32
Yviestevie says:

...  Might write a list and complete tasks in order, vacuuming the stairs will, without doubt, be right at the bottom, although cleaning the kitchen floor comes a close second....

 Yvie, OH vacs our stairs so I don't cause havoc and trip over the hose thingummy so I won't volunteer to do yours, but I'm going to get the floor mop out when I've finished the cooking jobs later today, I could give yours a quick wipe over while I'm at it ...? 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 11:17

I may well snaffle that recipe too Obelixx - we've got an amazing crop of rhubarb this year.

Right, I'm back from W'rose with supplies for the week ... now for a 

then I'll make a batch of minestrone with the rest of the chicken and ham stock I made last week (I've got a courgette, some carrots, peppers, leeks, celery, tomatoes and some pesto all lurking to be used up and some tiny pasta shells somewhere).

Then I'll make a sausage and bean casserole in the slow cooker for supper and then the polenta cake may be made today ... or perhaps tomorrow .... 

What's happening to my hedge? :-(

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 11:08

Fantastic hedge ... jolly well done 

I agree with Redwing   Although privet is tough as old boots, the new leaves can be tender and susceptible to the very cold air we had coming from the north-east some days ago. Your privet will recover and be fine.

Just a thought, if you want your hedge to have leaves  at the bottom, rather than the 'bare ankles' seen on so many privet hedges as they get older, try trimming it to a slight  'A' shape (called a 'batter') which will ensure that the bottom of the hedge gets more light which stimulates the shoots. 

Hope that helps 

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 09:58
Muddle-Up says:

Heck, Dove, I misread that....thought your 'little fingers' had dropped off!  ..

 It feels cold enough MU 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 09:55

Harrumph!  OH's Monkey Wrench will not remove the broken bit ... have given up and phoned another plumbing handyman type chap ... he will call back.

I will pop down to W'rose for some ground almonds ... a lemon polenta cake is needed to console us.  I expect to lose vast quantities of weight having to run upstairs to the loo, so there'll be room for cake calories won't there 

Resurrected Baker's Dozen

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 09:15

Morning all 

MU ... the east side has been getting it for several days ......... flippin' freezin' and my little figs have dropped off 

As  for nematodes, we treated an area heavily populated by vine weevil with nematodes some four years ago ... haven't seen a problem there since ... fingers crossed!  Last year I treated an area prone to heavy slug and snail damage with slug nematodes ... so far this year the hostas are undamaged ......... love nematodes 

Anyone want anything from B&Q?  Got to make an emergency dash to get a new handle and connecting rod for the downstairs loo ... OH doesn't know his own strength 

Last edited: 08 May 2017 09:18:03

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