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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 19:19

Sounds like a lovely day Wonky ....... hope you have many more like that ((hugs)) 

Mouldy mail order asparagus crowns

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 16:52

If it's just surface mould and they're otherwise firm I'd go ahead and plant them.

If they're squishy and soft then I'd send photos to the suppliers and say that you want a refund as they're not fit for purpose.  

If you do Twitter it's a good way to contact them as companies seem to respond more quickly and favourably. 


Posted: 25/04/2017 at 16:47
Singing Gardener says:

Bbarb: I got impatient with the lack of ladybirds a couple of years ago and bought some (100?) ladybird larvae which I placed carefully on aphid infested paths. Within a day or so the ladybird larvae had all gone and the aphids were as bad as ever but a few days later the local ladybird population caught up and ate the aphids so I decided the larvae hadn't been worth the money.

See original post

 Maybe the ladybirds were the larvae all grown up? 

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:35

MU - the cerinthe is self-sown from last year ... they just appeared 

Cold spell coming up... Which of these need protecting?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:14

Max , my brother's a potato and veg farmer down in Suffolk .... one year they had just such a hail storm ... leaves were stripped from two fields of potato plants, the bonnet and roof of the farm landrover were dented all over and he found a hare dead in the field, as if it had been beaten to death.  It only lasted a few minutes but did thousands of pounds worth of damage. 

CC , it's a young espaliered Concorde pear  ... we had our first harvest last year ... two pears ... we might allow it to produce four this  year, but I don't think I'll get up and do Smudging for four pears ... Fascinating tho' ... I'll tell Wonky about it ... she's weeding pleached pears today at her new job. 

Too Late to Scarify?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:05

I've not done anything to my lawn yet this year other than mow it ... it's either been too dry or too cold ... when this cold snap is over I'll use a moss killer, let that work and then scarify and feed.

Asparagus - will it grow?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 14:00

Enjoy!  Hope Cheshire is warmer than Norfolk today ...... we've got snow showers .... that'll slow the asparagus crop down 

Say high to Sandbach for us ... OH's family come from up that way.  

Roses under attack

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 13:54

Sawfly link here 

I've had (or rather my roses have) sawfly in the past ... they weren't as Grajean describes. Little beggars strip the leaves leaving just the stems and leaf veins.  Never seen them wrapped in folded leaves. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 13:51

Snap Obelixx!! 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 13:50

Here's a link 

Gorgeous pics. 

I've just had a quick phone call from Wonky .......... thought you'd all like to know that she seems to be living up to Forkers' Standards - the boss seems very happy and so does she   She's been weeding around pleached pears in a walled garden ........ sounds idyllic ....... think she's got something to you in the citrus house (not orangerie, they grow lemons in there  ........ what would you call that?)

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