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Posted: 04/05/2017 at 18:31

For larger toms I'll go for Anna Russian which is a large Oxheart tomato - a wonderful sweet/citrussy flavour - but it's a sprawling tomato that either needs lots and lots of support, or can be allowed to sprawl across the ground like a squash ... but beware slug damage if that's the way you choose to do it.

For smaller toms it's Sungold all the way for me. 

Fish thieving magpies!

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 16:36

Last year we watched magpies taking mud and muddy grass roots from the end of our pond to help with nestbuilding.  

We have no fish in our pond so  they weren't attracted by them. 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 13:54

I've always been a sort of Republican (as opposed to a Monarchist - not the American political sort)  ......... however, given the recent results of democracry around the globe,  I think I'm veering more towards a benign global dictatorship .......... as long as I can be the dictator 

Weed or Flower

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 13:20

Yes, persicaria maculosa known to me and other people who have spent many hours hoeing fields of sugar beet in their youth as Redshank ..... a common weed in recently disturbed soil.  

To save or not to save. That is the question

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 13:17

You'll have to pull the weeds out by hand, loosening the roots with a small hand fork or trowel ... any weedkiller will kill the hedge too.

As for feeding - I use Fish, Blood & Bone which is a slow release organic fertiliser - available from most garden centres, DIY places etc either in powder or pellet form - follow the pack instructions for amounts etc.  I use it twice a year, once in the spring and again in mid summer.  

If the twigs are dry and brittle and have no leaves anywhere on them, snip them out with a pair of secateurs.  Getting rid of them will allow more air circulation which will improve the health of your hedge.

 Reducing the height of the hedge by half at this time of year will ensure good fast growth and a handsome hedge 

Mystery tree ID please

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 11:29

It's gorgeous isn't it? 

Mystery tree ID please

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 11:19

It's a Pawlonia - sometimes called the Foxglove Tree 

Hiding a wall

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 10:33

You're very welcome James .............. it's always good to meet new gardening friends and swap ideas and info .... let us know how you get on  

Lemon tree dusty leaves

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 10:31

Brrrrrrrrrr!  You wouldn't risk it here Redwing  ... flippin chilly 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 10:20
Liriodendron says:

Prince Philip retiring from public duties in the autumn.  Most of us retire before we reach 96 so he's done pretty well...

See original post

 Yep ... think he's done his bit ... hope he's fit enough to do stuff he enjoys in his retirement. 

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