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Advent Calendar

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 06:52

I've alerted Daniel to the fact that today's Window isn't there!  Obviously there's no one in the office at the moment, but I'm sure he'll look into it (little joke there! ) as soon as he opens () his emails.

Merry Christmas folks!

Advent Calendar

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 06:48

Yes, today's 'window' hasn't appeared   Obviously a blip!

I'll send a message to the web team.

planting fruit trees

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 06:40
Mike Allen wrote (see)
Please Sir/Madams.

All this JI 3 etc. Might I pose as a farmer. I have three thousand fruit trees to plant. Please friends. Could you for one minute think that as such, I would first buy tons of JI No. 3 compost?

Look I am aware that I am not MR Popular on this site but. Hey you folks must be made of money.

Speaking as a member of a farming family - commercial fruit growers in the UK do not grow fruit trees in pots - they select and prepare the land where they are going to plant, putting in correct drainage and incorporate organic matter and fertiliser.  Only then do they plant their orchard. 

They do not plant valuable trees in multi-purpose compost or in unprepared/unsuitable land.  They buy prime agricultural land, the price of which  carries a premium.

The correct preparation of the soil is expensive - so is buying the best quality plants.  A farmer's livelihood depends on their crop and as all farmers know, 'you get out what you put in'.

The equivalent to this for the gardener is to purchase the best quality trees and plant them in the best and most suitable compost that will provide the trees with the soil conditions and nourishment they need. 

MPC will not do that job. 

Also, MPC is so lightweight that in a wind a tree (which by nature is top-heavy) planted in a pot of MPC will be likely to blow over and be damaged. 



Posted: 16/12/2014 at 15:52

Pampas grass has the right to be pompous - it's a favourite hibernation spot for hedgehogs!!!

Be carefull when cutting back and make sure first that someone's not living in there


Hello folks!  I'm back from visiting daughter and son in law and their pusscat Harriet (known as Harrie).

clay soil

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 15:36

Incorporate as much organic matter as you can into your clay and you'll be able to grow virtually anything.  It will be the most fertile there is and roses will love it.

Preposterous question....

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 15:33

According to Pidge the Toad we're in for a white Christmas

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 09:46

Have a look at the odds the bookies are giving - if they're not taking bets there's a strong likelihood of a White Christmas

Preposterous question....

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 09:26

Pdoc, it's because blokes and babies look so cute when they're asleep


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 09:23
punkdoc wrote (see)

Morning all, grey and damp.

Thanks for pm KEF, you are very wise and kind, although I would prefer to think of you as in Dove's cartoon!

Going to drag myself into town, to try and find pressies for OH.

Roll on the lighter days and my holiday in the sun in January.

I can assure you Pdoc, it's a very good photo of KEF

Now I have more time in the day, when I go into town I try to find a nice place to have coffee and sit by a window and people watch - don't know why but I always feel a bit better about myself afterwards


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 09:19

You're right to avoid goats - they prefer shrubs to grass - but geese would be very happy cropping and fertilising your lawn, and think how much you could sell them for at this time of year!

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