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Posted: 05/07/2014 at 09:54


Gooseberry Pruning

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 09:51

This is the best video I've found on pruning gooseberries - I think he makes it pretty clear. 

Yes, cut the sideshoots back now to 5 leaves.  Do the main pruning in the winter. 


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 09:47

Think the rain's stopping now -I need to go into the village to pick up a prescription and some cheese and bits and pieces - don't want to get drenched in the car park.

The forecast is for the rain to clear up this afternoon - I hope so - It's the Lord Mayor's Parade this afternoon - lots of youngsters will have been working long and hard on their contributions - it'll be such a shame if it rains.

Not that I'm going into the city to see it this year - we have been sometimes, but as OH now works on Saturdays he's not really keen on standing in a crowd lining the roads, then getting squashed and jostled when he tries to buy a drink.  

There's more than 50 floats this year!!!

how to get rid of wasp nest?

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 09:20

Good advice from Nut 

Good luck!

lawn edging advice

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 08:05

I'd not come across Smartedge before so googled - I found this video demonstrating how to use it - it's very clear indeed so I thought I'd post a link to it as it may be helpful 

Welcome to the potting shed

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:32

Oooh, OH's granny was from Sandbach area 

Is it Right or Wrong

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:29

Speaking as someone who has a garden totally under-laid with roots from large mature trees, I can assure you that if the trees are alive the roots will regrow and you will be removing them every year!  We dig a large number of small tree roots out of our veg patch every winter.  

For the rest of the garden, we learn to garden with them.  Where there are roots near the surface we have a 'wild garden' with ferns and native plants and flowers, under planted with spring bulbs - like a little patch of woodland. 

The trick is to look at what you've got before you decide what sort of garden you want 

Unless you're removing roots that require the use of a saw or an axe I don't think you'll harm the tree - unless you remove a great many of them - but they will regrow.  Think of pruning a tree's branches - cutting them back just stimulates growth!

However, it would be polite, politic and just good neighbourly to explain the problem and mention what you're doing to the neighbours 


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:21

Good morning KEF and Verdun 

We've got some of that warm wet rain now Verdun, and I can hear it trickling into the water butts 

What about Holland Verdun, don't you think they have a chance?  

New veg for raised bed

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:15

Pak choi will give you a quick crop (watch out for slug raids!), and Swiss chard will be fine sown now and give you a crop well into the winter, then some more fresh growth in the spring. You could also sow some Little gem lettuce, carrots and beetroot 


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 07:12

Maybe we should express our appreciation to the BBC - they won't look at this forum. 

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