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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 10:14

Looks like we've got a sunny day today, a dry night and dry again tomorrow before some showers on Sunday.  Probably lawn mowing here tomorrow

I've just had a lovely long shower and a bit of a titivate 'cos we're out for drinks with OH's boss tonight.   Scrub up quite well don't I?


Figs galore

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:42
Supernoodle wrote (see)

Older Snoodlet commented on the "pet" on the patio. seems to be settling in well

I'm trying to figure out what fruit I'll be wanting to grow and where.  It'll be years tIl I do it all but will mean I can get one of two things in without having to rearrange everything in the future. Fig is on the list.  Perhaps a pot next to house south side. Or I could do in ground at back of garage. Ho hum.

Glad Older Snoodlet appreciates him

I'd go for a pot on the south side of the house ........ and one at the back of the garage   Why not?

Planting a hazel hedge - single row or double row?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:40

Yes, best to wait until they're a decent size - this should give you some ideas  you don't have to lay the hedge, you can just coppice it as was done on the farm when I was a child (we didn't have stock in the fields).

Figs galore

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:29

Hi Snoodle   How's your new pet?

No, the fig is in a square terracotta pot (about 20" x 20" x 20") the bottom of which was packed with chunks of polystyrene as the fig was quite small when we planted it. 

It'll need repotting within the next couple of years, but we knocked a garden chair over onto the pot and cracked it a while back, so I think when we do repot it'll need a new one   Better tell Father Christmas

Figs galore

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:24

Oh no!  The responsibility!!!!!!!!  And I've only been growing figs a few years, any real knowledge has been gained from watching former colleague who has now moved away!  Where's Alan 4711 these days?  He's always been a mine of information about figs?

I'm wondering about removing all of the medium to smaller ones and just leaving the larger ones that might ripen .......... that should stimulate the growth of some more little ones shouldn't it?   Decisions decisions ...............

Slugs knippimg.......

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:19

Ah, I think that they must have a particular penchant for kniphofias Verdun - it's very good of you to grow them - all the slugs will converge on your garden - that's why Monty did that feature on them, to get everyone growing kniphofias and leaving Longmeadow slug-free ........... he's not just a pretty face

Unidentified cherry pest

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:17

I've been eating plenty of wild blackberries this year to no ill effect - I wouldn't worry about it

Planting a hazel hedge - single row or double row?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:14

I  think a single row would be fine - and then, when they're big and bushy, I'd coppice every third one, and then when those had regenerated I'd coppice the ones on their immediate left, and then when they'd regenerated I'd coppice the next ones - and then when it was all a huge bushy hedge again I'd start the coppicing cycle again ...


Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:10
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Good morning all

..... ... I think I've got a fairly relaxed day at home planned - if only I could find my diary - think I must've left it in the car - hope I've left it in the car - if not, where is it? ........

Found it!!! Down the side of the sofa

Nothing in the diary for today - trip to London was cancelled due to  threatened tube strike - rearranged for Wednesday.


Posted: 28/08/2015 at 08:07

Yes, I've been wondering where Wintersong is .....

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