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Posted: 01/08/2013 at 06:48

And I find that the 'Talkback' sections are good opportunities for some more 'in depth' contributions 

The problem with 'in depth' is that I still have to leave here and go to work - for about 53 more working days 


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 06:38

The woodpigeons eat the leaves off our ash trees - when it comes to a choice between the ash trees and the veg patch, I'm perfectly happy for them to eat the ash tree leaves - they've got to eat something, poor things  and come to think of it, I've eaten plenty of woodpigeons in my time 


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 06:37

Oh, meant to say - Spam reported 


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 06:35

Good morning all - a glorious morning here - the birds are singing their socks off - I think they appreciated the rain we had yesterday - it was a good gentle soak and everywhere feels much fresher for it.

 It's going to get muggy today -  before I go to work I'm going to make sure the tomatoes in pots on the terrace have got space for plenty of air to get between them - conditions will be right for blighty infections 

A colleague was taken poorly the other day and I had to drive her home - when I got back to work I rang and suggested that she might be low on salt - she's got hypertension and has been following a low salt diet and has been drinking quite a bit of water in the heat - she had a packet of crisps and a few salted peanuts and recovered.  GP confirmed my diagnosis   Shall I set up shop and help the NHS out? 

Green Ripple Ivy

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 06:28

That sounds a bit close together for ivy - it will spread ............. and spread ................ and spread ............ and will need trimming every year, as well as cutting back regularly once it's filled it's space.  What sort of fence is it that you want to cover?  Ivy's not necessarily good for fences and there are some lovely clematis that will do very happily in shade.

Paul's Himalayan musk rambler/ Mme Alfred Carriere

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 06:20

I would cut it hard back - to about 4 or 5 good buds above ground level, cutting to an outward facing bud.  Prepare the soil well, some microrhyzal treatment applied to the roots would help, and plant deep, a couple of inches below current soil level.

We transplanted a mature Mermaid rambler to my daughter's garden this way, and it is now rampant all over the back garden wall (one of the best intruder deterrents known to man)

Helping Solitary Bees - will they all nest in flower pots?

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 06:14

  Even more incentive to rake the moss out of the lawn 

Birds galore

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 06:08

Lovely photo

We get hours of pleasure watching 'our' birds, and listening to them singing.  They do seem to have a regular routine don't they?  As well as feeders I have birdbaths both at home and outside my office window at work (just a big plastic pot saucer) and the birds are visiting it all day - an absolute delight 

Tomato leaf spots

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 22:03

Mine get a bit of that on lower leaves - I put it down to old age (the leaves, not mine) and I don't worry about it - it usually occurs about the time the first truss have set and I give the plants some feed and the lower leaves get removed anyway.  


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 21:58

  Glad they turned up safe and sound KEF - and just as well no one had to  resuscitate on you 

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