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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 07:10

Good morning all 

No sign of frost this morning but I did think I heard hail on the windows earlier. 

Interesting report out from the RHS on the effect on British gardens of climate change. 

Water Stressed Pumpkins

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 21:54

Just to confirm - I'm in Norfolk and wouldn't consider plantjng out squash before early June ... Good luck with the next lot 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 21:38

Ahh, the thought of Wonky's Lovely Hub doing dinner.......... He has many amazing qualities, but providing meals isn't one of them ... They both have well developed self preservation skills 

She's promised me theyll have something quick but nourishing and she'll get an early night. 

Im tucked up in bed already ... Sweet dreams everyone 

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.  

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