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Rotation with only two beds?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:21

I don't think it should be too much of a problem Laura - practice good garden hygiene (removing dead foliage etc and weeds that can harbour pests) and mulch each year with well rotted farmyard manure and/or good homemade compost.  Should be fine.


Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:15

On our journey out towards the coast it was lovely to see lots of wild prunus blossom in the hedgerows, there's lots of feral mirabelle-type plums around here as ages and ages ago there were a lot of orchards here.  

Tarzan swing becomes stumpery!

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:12

I would try to dig around them so the 'stumps' are partially in the soil, a bit like a rockery - then you can plant ferns, hostas and hellebores around them, and I also like the look of some climbing/trailing plants over the stumps, maybe some herbaceous clematis or even ivies (if you're prepared to keep it under control). 


Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:08

You can always tell a cormorant or a shag when they're flying - they're pitch black and fly along the coastline, parallel with the beach, just a couple of feet above the waves, never veering off course, never wavering - amazing. 

Replanting Turnip

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 17:06

Peel it, chop it up and put it in a stew  

Root vegetables have always been harvested in late autumn and stored for months through the winter.  They used to be stored in heaps covered with straw and earth called clamps.  Nowadays they're usually stored in a cold-store but some are still stored in clamps on the farm.  

You've just done what the farmer does and stored your turnip - now it's ready to be eaten - if you really can't bear to do that then do you know someone who has a pet rabbit?  He'd love it. 


Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:59

OH and I have been to the coast - we had a pub lunch (very good fish and chips) and walked on the beaches at Mundesley and Happisburgh, taking photographs as research for work in the studio at a later date.  We also sat in the car on the sea- front, saw a cormorant flying along the coastline just skimming the waves,  and watched turnstones, black-headed gulls and juvenile herring gulls strutting about on the sea wall close by, then drove back through the Norfolk Broads - beautiful landscape. 

Think a very light supper is called for!


Replanting Turnip

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:45

Why not eat it - that's what I'd do.

If I wanted to grow turnips I'd buy some seeds and give them a decent chance. 

Identify thorny orange / red flower ?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:40

Those look like the seedpods of last year's wallflowers to me - a common sight in my mother's garden as she could never bear to discard a plant if it would continue growing.  

As wallflowers are of the brassica family they will continue to grow and flower in following years, but because the old growth dies off and the the new growth and flowers are at the tips they don't look fantastic - so we pull them up and grow them as biennials. 

There is a rose bush growing in front of the wallflower - that's got the thorns on it. 


Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:37

Bill - our thoughts are with you and your family.  A friend lost her son in very similar circumstances just before Christmas - it's very hard.  I am so sorry. 

3 grafted varieties on apple tree

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:35

Believe it or not, the best thing to do is to prune the spindly growth hard, and don't prune the stronger growth as hard.  

Pruning encourages growth so  next time, by leaving the Golden D. more or less unpruned and giving the others a bit of a shock they will grow bigger and stronger and it will all balance up eventually.

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