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Tomato blight treatment help

Posted: Yesterday at 14:14

Can you upload the pics to a photo-hosting site and then post the links?

Tomato blight treatment help

Posted: Yesterday at 13:49

To post pictures on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post - afraid it doesn't work for iphones ........ yet.

How much....

Posted: Yesterday at 13:48

My first car was a pale blue Austin 1100 I bought it in late 1970 and it cost me £100 taxed MOTd and ready for the road.  

Goat willow tree: to prune or not to prune

Posted: Yesterday at 12:12

Up to you of course, but if you prune severely you'll end up with loads of water shoots and a sort of untidy lollipop/pollard effect.

I took notice of the aboriculturist I employed because he came highly recommended, was properly qualified and knew what he was doing.  He lifted and thinned the crowns of our large ash trees four years ago - there've been no new branches grow out from where the branches were reduced which is what happens when this is done wrongly and he has not had to come back to do more work.  I have however recommended him highly to friends.

As a farmer's daughter I've watched farmers and farmworkers pollarding, coppicing, pruning etc all my life and have seen what happens when differents regimes are followed. 

However, to be honest, unless I'd got several acres and had room for lots of trees, I wouldn't waste the limited space in my garden on a goat willow.  It'll seed everywhere and while they can look fantastic en masse around watermeadows etc they're hardly a beautiful tree in isolation, especially when hacked about.


Posted: Yesterday at 10:39

It's gardening as keeps us so young looking ......... Colin's probably a sprightly 95


Posted: Yesterday at 10:14

Looks like we've got a sunny day today, a dry night and dry again tomorrow before some showers on Sunday.  Probably lawn mowing here tomorrow

I've just had a lovely long shower and a bit of a titivate 'cos we're out for drinks with OH's boss tonight.   Scrub up quite well don't I?


Figs galore

Posted: Yesterday at 08:42
Supernoodle wrote (see)

Older Snoodlet commented on the "pet" on the patio. seems to be settling in well

I'm trying to figure out what fruit I'll be wanting to grow and where.  It'll be years tIl I do it all but will mean I can get one of two things in without having to rearrange everything in the future. Fig is on the list.  Perhaps a pot next to house south side. Or I could do in ground at back of garage. Ho hum.

Glad Older Snoodlet appreciates him

I'd go for a pot on the south side of the house ........ and one at the back of the garage   Why not?

Planting a hazel hedge - single row or double row?

Posted: Yesterday at 08:40

Yes, best to wait until they're a decent size - this should give you some ideas  you don't have to lay the hedge, you can just coppice it as was done on the farm when I was a child (we didn't have stock in the fields).

Figs galore

Posted: Yesterday at 08:29

Hi Snoodle   How's your new pet?

No, the fig is in a square terracotta pot (about 20" x 20" x 20") the bottom of which was packed with chunks of polystyrene as the fig was quite small when we planted it. 

It'll need repotting within the next couple of years, but we knocked a garden chair over onto the pot and cracked it a while back, so I think when we do repot it'll need a new one   Better tell Father Christmas

Figs galore

Posted: Yesterday at 08:24

Oh no!  The responsibility!!!!!!!!  And I've only been growing figs a few years, any real knowledge has been gained from watching former colleague who has now moved away!  Where's Alan 4711 these days?  He's always been a mine of information about figs?

I'm wondering about removing all of the medium to smaller ones and just leaving the larger ones that might ripen .......... that should stimulate the growth of some more little ones shouldn't it?   Decisions decisions ...............

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