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Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 15:22

Glad you've had a good day in the garden Pdoc 

We get buzzards over here occasionally ... never used to ... there are a lot more about now, thank goodness 

We've had wall to wall sunshine here and OH has been marvellous, deonstructing all the tomatoes/cukes/canes/pots etc, sorting out the compost heaps and mowing the back lawn (having first checked the longer bits etc for frogs and toads etc) ... now he's hosing and sweeping the terrace.  I've been doing cooking etc and trying not to get in his way when I've been picking beans, herbs, tomatoes etc.  

We have an early start tomorrow ... I have an appointment at Orthopaedic Triage at 8am 

Last edited: 24 September 2017 15:24:21

Unknown plant

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 15:04

Solanum nigrum

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 13:39

I hope you both get a good night's sleep Pat ((hugs))

Seeking blueberry advice

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 13:31

Thanks Bob, that's helpful 

What sort of compost are yours in?  Ericaceous MPC or .... ?

Hello Forkers ... September edition

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 13:15

Oh Pat ... how awful ...  he must be shattered ((hugs))

Homemade Chilli Oil

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 13:10

No, that method is not at all safe.  I would dry the chillies thoroughly and use a heated oil method such as this one. 

What is this weed and what is the best way to eradicate it?

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:53

Dig over the whole area with a garden fork, taking out the weeds and roots ... and as you do it learn to recognise them as there'll be seeds in the soil which will sprout in oncoming years ... once you know what you're looking for you can pull each one out as you see it.  

However, if you're going to put it down to grass in the future regular mowing will kill them off each year as they germinate. 

Last edited: 24 September 2017 12:53:36

Seeking blueberry advice

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:27

We've not grown blueberries before, but OH would like us to give them a go to so I need to pick your brains.

1.  I have plenty of large pots  34cm diam. x 34 high (don't ask me how many litres ... I can't remember and they're still full of tomato plants).  Will these be big enough for blueberry bushes or will we need to go bigger?

2.  RHS have an offer of 3 different varieties for the price of 2. 

They are 'Bluecrop' (described as mid-season) 

' Chandler' (mid to late season) and 'Spartan' (early).

I know that most need pollination by another variety, but will these three pollinate each other, given that they produce fruit at different seasons (or do the flowers coincide?).

Digger bees

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:11

They'll be gone by winter. 

Uneven weed and Wildflower infested lawn

Posted: 24/09/2017 at 12:07

I would just mow it, not too short so you don't scalp the humps and bumps, and keep mowing regularly once a week while it continues to grow ... that will encourage the grass and discourage weeds and use a lawn rake to rake out thatch and moss ... then next spring you can take a look at it, show us a photo or three and we'll see what your options are .. there are several techniques for ironing out the bumps and hollows 

I've created some quite good general purpose lawns from what were considered by some to be horrendous messes, just by regular mowing and removal of any moss.

And some low growing wildflowers in a lawn can be an attraction, and certain are good for pollinators.

There's little point in spending a lot of money to create a perfect lawn for a property where you may not be staying long term.  

Last edited: 24 September 2017 12:08:15

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