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No keys on ash trees

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:05

We've been keeping an eye on ours - they haven't flowered or produced seeds this year either - but last year they produced far more than usual - I think last year was a Mast Year  http://www.forestry.gov.uk/newsrele.nsf/04cecdf37862621480256a0f00513443/ca9c50439be651a980257bd000474590!OpenDocument 

and I understand that trees frequently take a rest following a Mast Year. 

Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 16:01
Fishy65 wrote (see)

I wonder how it got there Dove  I don't have any farmer blood as far as I know,my Dad was a bricklayer and I followed in his footsteps until I met Mrs Fish.

I do remember damming up streams though with mud and sticks,climbing on farm equipment in the big barns which I now know is dangerous. Oh and scrumping  Cherry knocking,playing iakie (sp?) Bike rides,building tree camps. I was a child of the 70s but health and safety would probably have a seizure if they read this.

I did all those things, and more - including making camps in dry ditches and in the top of straw stacks and helping Pa to burn the fields of stubble - we learned to assess danger and make decisions and accept consequences.  

My  children were children of the 70s - setting off on bike rides with a piece of bread, an apple and a bottle of water, in and out of the neighbours' houses as if they were their own, damming the village stream and flooding the bottom end of the village and being looked after, cared for and reprimanded by everyone, because everyone knew them and their parents. 

I'm sure there are things that children have nowadays that we missed out on, but I wouldn't swap. 

Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 15:20

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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 15:18

Beautiful Verdun, absolutely beautiful 

Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:45

I vividly remember as a child, finding one in the middle of a field of unripe wheat . Being a properly brought up young naturalist I left it where it was, hoping that it knew better than I did what was good for it to eat - but I can cast my mind back at least 50 years and remember coming face to face with it - don't ask what I was doing almost hidden in the middle of one of Pa's fields of wheat - there must've been a reason - I knew better than to walk into standing wheat for no reason at all 

Privet Hawkmoth caterpillar

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:02

Talkback: Ragwort

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:00

When we had the smallholding we  walked the meadows in the spring with a knapsack sprayer zapping thistles and ragwort at the rosette stage, and later on we'd walk the meadows again before cutting for hay, hand pulling any that we'd missed.  They were stacked, dried and burned. Ragwort in hay is especially toxic.

Anyone walking the meadows 'poo picking' was also expected to keep their eyes peeled for ragwort as well, and dig it out removing the root.  In a few years we virtually eradicated what had been a moderate infestation in two of the meadows. 

In my experience, if the grazing is good horses and ponies will usually avoid eating ragwort - however, if the grazing is poor and they are hungry, like the rest of us they'll eat almost anything - and so often people who know nothing about the dangers of ragwort know nothing about the quality of grazing either so the problems are compounded.

A Day Out

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:42

If you were near us there'd be another woman with  "a glazed look fondly looking at the poultry with a white shirt n" jeans 

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:40

We have a veg patch plus 3 raised beds - we dug out so many roots from our big ash trees to create the veg patch, we didn't want to damage the trees any more so when we needed more veg space raised beds were a solution.

It's not a perfect solution however because the trees send fine roots up into the raised beds seeking the moisture and every winter I have to fork it over and pull out the roots.  

So what should we be doing with our grass right now?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:27
Adam Knights wrote (see)

Thats brilliant thank you. I didn't know that about the roots so that's very useful. I was planning to use Nematodes on the 20 or so ant hills that have popped so I'll make sure any watering is done on a rainy week or make sure I properly soak it to penetrate past the roots

That's absolutely right 

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