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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 19:13

OL I've heard about these PMs - best ignored ((hugs))

Put your feet up and have a cuppa - or even a glass of something 

Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 19:05

The little bu**ers pupate in the soil beneath your fruit bushes so netting them won't do any good and besides, net fine enough to thwart the sawfly will keep pollinating insects away.

The traditional way is to turn the family chickens into the fruit garden over the winter to scratch around in the soil and get the pupating grubs.  I don't keep chickens any more, and luckily we've escaped the sawflies in this garden.

I don't know whether covering the soil around them with water-permeable landscaping fabric would stop the little so-and-so's   

Poorly flowering magnolia

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 18:53

Hurrah!  We have pictures 

 

I think the first thing you should do is to clear a circle of bare soil of a metre diameter around the trunk of the tree.  Grass growing up to the trunk robs the tree of much of the water and most of any nutrients that there may be.

When you've cleared the turf away give the tree a feed with Fish Blood and Bone (according to the instructions on the pack). and give it 3 buckets of water.  Then mulch with a layer of well rotted farm yard manure (just don't let it touch the bark).  Repeat all of this in September and again in late February.

Throughout the summer give the tree 3 buckets of water once a week.  If we have a heatwave do this twice or even three times a week.  Stop watering in the autumn when the leaves turn colour and fall.

Fingers crossed it'll flower much better  next spring.  

Continue to treat the tree the same each year and in a couple of years it'll be totally rejuvenated and flower its socks off 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 18:08

Chuckle!!! 

Potatoes - Dopey Question No 7

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 18:07

Like it! 

ID please if poss

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 18:01

At least this rain is making the soil soft - I spent this morning grubbing dandelions out of the lawn - cheers! 

Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:59

The fruit'll be fine for jam 

Potatoes - Dopey Question No 7

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:59

Yeah, but the spudder got its name from the same root as the word spade.  The Dutch and Spanish languages have similar words probably stemming from the Latin word 'spad' for a short sword, which was used as a general purpose tool. 

Any thoughts what type of plant this is?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:16

That's a buddleia Panda 

Potatoes - Dopey Question No 7

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:15

Earlies are ready when they flower (but a few types don't flower).  You can feel around in the soil with your hand and if you find potatoes about the size of a hen's egg, then they're ready.   Usually about 10 weeks after planting.

Apparently the word spud has the same derivation as the word spade and is to do with digging a hole to plant the potato. 

 

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