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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:31

Do you think you could knock one of these together Joyce ?  ... after all, it's downhill all the way from you to here ... gravity will help

Mahonia buckland

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:25

It looks like a young plant ... when was it planted ... has it been watered ... it's been a very dry year so far ...

Planting strawberries - do they have to be in rows?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:22
Max 3 says:

Thanks for the quick reply.  

I guess I am still thinking to plant in rows, but with less of a row gap if possible (and not detrimental to the plants).  So if I went for plants 30 cm apart, in rows 40 - 45 cm apart, and the odd stepping stone in place of a plant so that I can reach all areas, would that work?  Or would they be too crowded?  

Thanks again

See original post

 Oh right ... I thought you were after a more random effect ........ 

Planting strawberries - do they have to be in rows?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:05

Just thinking about it ... if the plants are all the same distance apart, won't they be in rows, or an off-set grid anyway?

Planting strawberries - do they have to be in rows?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 13:02

I have found that if you're going to cope with selecting runners for propagation (strawberry plants don't last for ever) it's much better to have regular spacing.  I've also found it much easier to net safely against birds, toddlers and greedy labradors if the plants are spaced regularly.

Also, as an artist I enjoy the aesthetic of plants in the veg patch in rows, against the more jumbled planting of my flower beds around them ... maybe that's just me 

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 12:19

Scorchio!  out there ............. OH tells me be brought a bottle of  local rosé home from work yesterday ... it's in the fridge .................... 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 12:17

Scorchio!  out there ......... 23C in the shade ... OH has found my gardening hat and plonked it on my head ... any minute now he'll be slathering me in sun cream ...........

The bed in the front garden is now nearly twice it's original size ... Hosta 'Hadspen's Blue' has been moved so it is occupying a focal point on a corner and is no longer going to be sat upon by fat pigeons when they're trying to hoover up the spillages from Mr Chaffinch's favourite feeder.  

Some very patient Touchwood aquilegias grown from seed a couple or so years ago have at last been planted out in the shady bit of the west-facing bed and on the Shady Bank, and Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' has been moved from the north facing bed to the west facing one in the hope that she can cope with that much sunshine ... she didn't seem happy with the very shady spot she was in but all the websites say that her foliage scorches if she has too much sun ........... we shall wait and see.  

A big alchemilla mollis bought the other day has been split into four and potted on ... I need a lot of them for a project I have in mind at the foot of the Shady Bank ... this lot will be split into 16 and then into 64 ... that ought to be enough ............ all for £7.99 and some compost   

Now I shall organise some lunch, put a chicken stuffed with lemon and tarragon  in the covered roaster for this evening and go out there again and sow some Swiss chard, parsley and ..................... 

Monty Don's blue jumper too

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 11:27

Those were the days when you could walk across Yarmouth harbour from one side to the other on the decks of the boats Frank ... long gone ... 

Herring are a delicacy now ....... we can get line caught ones from the fishermen's huts on Southwold harbour in season ....... now my late Aged Ps are no longer in Southwold I make a special journey for a few plump line caught herring for supper 

What is this?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 11:24

Snap H-C 

What is this?

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 11:21

That looks like one of the euphorbias ... most likely Euphorbia lathyris 

Be careful not to get the milky sap on your skin as it can cause burns on a sunny day. 

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