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Posted: 13/09/2013 at 06:18

The best way to get rid of it is to spray it with glyphosate and then leave it to die back completely.  That way the roots will die too and you don't have to worry about them.

Although it would've been better to spray earlier in the year when the bindweed was growing more strongly, rather than in the autumn - you might find it re-appears next spring in a somewhat weakened form, but if you give it another good spraying and don't give it the chance to re-establish then you should have got it beaten.  If you do have to spray it in the spring, try to bruise the leaves a little first - it helps with the takeup of the weedkiller.

When we moved to our last house there was bindweed up to the bathroom roof - by doing as described above we got rid of it - we did have to keep a check on the boundaries tho' as it was coming in from neighbouring gardens - but one round with the sprayer each spring was enough to keep it at bay.

Good luck.

chick weed

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:03

Makes a good salad or sandwich filling, or chop it up and feed it to chickens - that's why it's called chickweed.

Failing that, hoe, hoe and hoe again.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 22:02

I get about a fair bit you know 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:52

Apricot tree ( smallish)

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 06:59

Greengages make the Best Jam In The World!!! 

When you move here you will be lucky as you'll be in the same county as - a fabulous fruit nursery - highly recommended by Mr Don and others - I've bought really good fruit trees and bushes from them and Stephen Read is very helpful if you email him.  

They have a wide selection of plums and gages, including  the lovely Old green gage.

PS the also stock apricots, of course 

I've broken the main stem of my fuchsia standard help!

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 06:53

 How lovely to have good news - thanks for letting us know 

Winter veg indoors and out!

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 06:41

It's not just higher temperatures that veg need, it's higher light levels - if you provide enough of both to keep veg growing through the winter you'll have higher electricity bills!!!  Much higher!!!  

I sow Aquadulce Claudia broad beans in the veg patch in late October - they stood through all the snow of last winter and spring, and gave us a fantastic crop 

You could sow some Arctic King lettuce in a cold greenhouse overwinter - I grew some under a large cloche last winter and they were great.

As has been said, a sowing of Swiss Chard now might give you winter pickings, depending on the weather we get, and anyway should stand through the winter to get away early in the spring for an early crop.


Posted: 12/09/2013 at 06:26

Good morning Pentillie and everyone - you'll be on your way by now Pentillie - best of luck 

The day is brightening here and it's dry so far - wish I could get out into the garden but it's work again today - but not for much longer - only about 30 working days left 

Financial chappie visiting this evening to do hard sums with me about pension  but it has to be done. 

Where would i get one of these

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 06:06

The difference between a crome and a right angled fork is that with the crome it is the tines that are bent whereas the fork is set onto the handle at right angles - and I understand that is what defines a crome, whether it has two, three or four tines.  When I was a child in Suffolk these were still being used for their original purpose on the next door farm as they still had working horses, and I'm sure that many East Anglian farms still have a few in a shed somewhere.

The 4-tine tiller on the Blackberry Lane site is also different from the crome as it is the haft of the tiller that is bent rather than the tines as with the crome.

Going off on a slight tangent, the name 'crome' refers to it being 'bent' and may well share it's origin with the word 'chrone' used to describe a 'bent old woman'.  Indeed it is thought possible that  the Norfolk painter John Crome may well have had an ancestor with scoliosis of the spine, giving rise to the family name.

Of course, in Norfolk and Suffolk it is not pronounced with a round 'o' as in home, but the 'o' is sounded a bit more like the 'u' in push.  

I would scour the internet for Farm Deadstock sales and similar - you might pick up a second-hand one at a place like that.

Where would i get one of these

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 22:33

In Norfolk and Suffolk it's known as a Crome and used for pulling manure from off the horsedrawn tumbril when spreading farmyard manure on the fields.

If you scroll down on this site you'l see a Long Draw Form or Crome. 

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