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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 10:16

Oh Hosta ((hugs))  indeed - live every day as if it was your last.  

The baker who supplies the farm shop is on his hols, and his stand-in doesn't do our usual sourdough, so rather than get in the car and drive (not allowed to cycle) to get some, I've made enough wholemeal dough for a couple of loaves and it's in a bowl proving on the table - I love making bread but only do it occasionally, otherwise we eat too much of it    It's ok folks, hand kneading not involved today - I used the big Kenwood. 

Tree needing love

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 08:44

I'd start preparing a new planting site now, digging in some well-rotted manure and soil improver/home made compost - what's your soil like generally?  Clay?  Loam?

At the same time make sure that the soil around the tree gets watered - not so that it's sodden but you don't want to try to dig it up if it's baked dry and hard. 

Then in late November I'd dig it up - digging about 8" each side bigger than the rock circle.  Have a tarpaulin ready to lift the tree onto with as much soil as possible and drag it gently to it's new home, that way it should hardly notice that it's been lifted - it will just be much happier and healthier if you've chosen the new site carefully.  

I would use a sloping stake, as shown here 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 08:18

Hello folks!  I'm back - referral for physio so will wait to hear from them.  I did a range of movements and only some very specific ones were painful which has established for the doctor that it's a soft tissue injury probably due to doing something at tennis  so no more tennis until the physio says so .  In the meantime painkillers at night so I can sleep, some gentle exercises to keep the muscles around the joint from wasting and lots of sympathy from doctor as she could see how frustrating I'm finding it.  We are really lucky with our GP practice.  She even asked about Ma's passing, as last time I saw her it was imminent, but let's face it - quite a while ago now in the grand scheme of things. 

Now OH has to get his bike out and go to the dentist.  We're getting our money's worth out of the NHS today 

Sorry to hear it's been so windy up North - it's glorious here, like midsummer ... sorreeeeeeeee 

Tree needing love

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 06:41

Or a weeping cherry perhaps?

I'm sorry but I'd get rid of the rocks - how's water supposed to get to the roots of the tree, not to mention any feed that it needs?  

It's got leylandii behind it that take all the water out of the soil, and then rocks on top of it's roots so the rain can't penetrate.  

I'd clear a circle a metre in diameter around the trunk, free from any grass or other plants, then water well and mulch with soil improver for the winter and in the spring give it a feed of Fish, Blood and Bone - that'll give it a much better chance.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 06:31

G'day Pat   I'm up, showered, dressed and drinking coffee 

Good morning everyone 

Chicky - that's beautiful 

Now I'll have a read back ......... 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:33

A calm still evening here. Hope you sleep well Joyce and everyone else too. 

Can someone make sure Im up by 6 tomorrow morning. I need to get an early start to be at the doctors by 7:45!

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:07

Phew! First Helen Titchener then Ross Poldark ...

Is it just me?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:56

Nothing remotely like that happens here!  

Unidentified tree

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 16:54

Could we have a photo of the whole tree please, also a branch so we can see the way the leaves grow.  A photo of the trunk/bark would be good too. 

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