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gallery of shame

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 07:58

We have a clematis-covered trellis bin store in the front garden -  the wheelbarrow lives there with the bins, secured by a chain and padlock - just in case.  That's the only place we have to put things where we can't see them, and it's full up now 

Fig Tree - Problem?

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 07:53

What variety is it?  If it's Brown Turkey you should get fruit from it if it lives in a sunny sheltered corner and you're able to give the embryo fruits a bit of protection in the winter.

If it's another variety it may well need to go into a greenhouse over the winter.  .  

White rabbits!

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 07:34

We did the throwing salt over our shoulder thing, to keep the devil away ...but only if we spilt salt. 

Dry clay soil

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 07:19

Not sure what good plaster boards and sand would do   Are you thinking of the gypsum it contains to improve the soil?  Plaster board nowadays also contains loads of other stuff and I believe it is controlled environmental waste - I wouldn't use it on my garden.  

You just need organic matter and lots of it.  Clay soil can be the most fertile in the world if it is improved ... every year add layers of farmyard manure, home made compost, whatever organic matter you can get your hands on.

When Pa bought a run down farm on the clay land of High Suffolk in the 50s it was considered to be poor land and worth little - virtually impossible to far  because the soil had so much clay that machinery became stuck in it after just a little rain ... 30 years later it fetched the highest price for agricultural land in Suffolk that year, because it had been improved with year after year of good straw-based manure from the pig and cattle yards.  

Lay the manure on top of the soil in the autumn and let the worms drag it down over the winter, then fork it over in the spring when the weather improves and the land's not wet - that way you don't break up the soil structure.  

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White rabbits!

Posted: 01/08/2016 at 06:58

and a Pinch and a Punch to you too, and no returns ........................ does anyone know where these customs came from ... I'd never heard of them until about 25 years ago ...?


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 06:55

Good morning Clari 

You can have some flowers too

Rosa Yorkshire Princess

It's another lovely morning here in Norfolk - I shall have to get on with the painting - apparently there's rain on the way late afternoon ...... 


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 06:52

G'day Pat 

Have a bunch of August dahlias to brighten your winter 


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 06:38

Good morning all ... I've started August off, so here's a link 

I'll ask Nora to close this one.


Posted: 01/08/2016 at 06:37

Happy August Everyone ...

Here's a link back to the July thread

Here's to August, lots of fruit and veg to harvest and lots of flowers and sunshine to enjoy ... fingers crossed .. now get chatting ... 

Why is your name so called?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 23:40

When we moved here the garden was full of pigeons, and we're big Vic & Bob fans. 

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