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Gooseberry Bush Seems To Be Dying

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 13:25

Hello Guy

My first thought is that your gooseberry is way too close to that wall - gooseberry bushes grow to about 1m x 1m so need lots of space. 

You can grow them as a cordon against a wall, but if you were doing that you'd be starting with a different shaped plant, and even then you'd plant away from the wall and slope towards it.  

Walls can act like a sponge and absorb a lot of moisture, and they also make a 'rain shadow' preventing rain from falling on the ground at its base. 

I think your gooseberry bush is thirsty - I'd prepare a good patch of soil where it'll have plenty of room to grow, semi shade is fine, then transplant it and give it a good watering and mulching and don't let the soil get too dry.

Good luck



Posted: 09/08/2015 at 13:13
Topbird wrote (see)

DOVE - I have 2 very similar recliners (His & Hers). They are indeed very comfortable - they can indeed allow one to fall asleep on a warm summer's day in the dappled shade of a large tree ....   That is a very good price  ...... 

In case anyone is concerned that my OH will feel deprived, he won't - he doesn't do 'reclining' - every spare moment is spent in the studio - thankfully the 'glass wall' facing the garden slides right back so when I'm in the garden we can still communicate.   I'll be able to request a cooling glass of Campari and soda from the comfort of my recliner .........


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 13:09

29.4C IN THE SHADE in our back garden!!!   I'm sweltering and have come in for a sit down - I've been putting up netting to keep the pigeon off the purple sprouting ... that patch is still shaded by the ash trees or I couldn't be working out there, but I've had to come in for moment and a large glass of cold water. 

The cooler damper spots in the veg patch (under the runner beans and raspberries, are alive with hopping froglets

I am so looking forward to my recliner


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 11:55

Topbird, perhaps there'll be some flowers to look at ...

I've just treated myself to one of these

reduced today from £74.99 on Amazon!!!  only a few left ........... soooo looking forward to reading out there in the shade of the ash trees - the garden benches aren't really for lazing on - one of the reviews of this recliner said that they always fell asleep on it - that sold it to me

Anyone grow globe artichokes...

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 10:29
hypercharleyfarley wrote (see)

I used to grow them and waited until the heads were about the size of a grapefruit!  The way we used to cook & eat them is as follows:-

Trim off the first few outer "petals", cut off the stem at the base of the "head" and boil the whole heads in slightly salted water with a dash of lemon juice.  Need a huge saucepan!  You can tell when they're ready when you can easily push the sharp end of a paring knife into the base of the stem. Remove from the pan and leave the cooked artichokes upside down to drain for a little while.

Eating them is a bit messy - I have some plates which are designed to cope with it all - you pull off each "petal" and dip it into melted seasoned butter before scraping the fleshy part off between your teeth.  The plates have a small shallow "well" for the melted butter, and the edge of the plate looks like petals, so you put the scraped ones there.  Continue scraping/eating until you get to the "choke", which you discard.  The best part of the whole artichoke is the middle bit below the choke - called the "heart" - cut this into smallish pieces & enjoy! .......

I must admit hat's we way we usually have them - saves all the faff of preparing them prior to cooking, and is a pleasant way of passing an evening, with lots of napkins and a bottle of very crisp Sauv blanc


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 10:24

Thought so!   they should be very tasty - enjoy

At least it's well watered

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 10:17

Everyone pays for water - some by meter and some through a blanket charge.  One of the 'selling points' the water companies use to persuade people to switch to installing a meter is that a large percentage of people find they actually save money by doing so - surely that means that many people not on water meters may well be subsidising those who are .............

Moving laurel bushes

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 10:09

But if Elaine lives anywhere near us  in East Anglia, currently experiencing very dry conditions, I wouldn't do it until autumn/early winter. 

It's OK for you up there in the land of the constant rain Fg - you can do these things all year round

Fauna not flora ....excuse me!

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 09:12

They sound like a type of solitary bee - perhaps the Masonry bee - lots of info here

They won't do any damage and are very beneficial insects to have around.  Lucky you



Posted: 09/08/2015 at 09:06

Oh dear Fidget   Very dry here too - I've been trying not to water the border in the front garden, but some things are looking a bit sad ... just checked with the met office - we could get some thundery showers tomorrow evening - perhaps I'll wait and see. 

Has anyone here seen Lyn?  She went out to prune her Paul's Himalayan Musk yesterday and hasn't reappeared - do you think she's entangled???

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