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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 17:19

Evening all. Good to see you RB. Hope thing are ok 

Shame you couldn't have done a bit more sightseeing in Italy, Lantana. I love it and want to go back a few more times - one day perhaps. The architecture is stunning, and even the most unreligious person on earth (that would be me) is turned to mush when you enter those cathedrals. I get emotional just thinking about them. 

Just had a thought re your shady bank Dove. Tricky to find verticals for structure there, but those pillar yews are good. Cryptomerias - more of a cone but you can trim them. If you don't need them to be evergreens, how about Acteas? (Cimcifuga)

Raised Bed : Filling and Growing

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 12:47

I only grow the things I like to eat and have room and time for, so it's mainly salad crops here Fitz.

Lettuce will grow happily with a bit of shade - in too much sun it tends to bolt anyway. Things like spinach can be the same. Rocket seems to thrive in any position in my garden, including a lot of shade. If you like using herbs - chives will be happy with less sun too. I used to grow mangetout in a previous garden and they were happy enough with a little shde too. 

Strawbs in as sunny a spot as possible. 

You'll get an idea of what works as you go along. There are loads of expert people here regarding growing fruit and veg, so don't be frightened to ask away with what suits where. 

It's all a very enjoyable learning curve 

Cultivate soil without damaging tree roots

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 08:08

I think you'll be struggling to establish grass if you have a lot of trees.

Grass needs light, moisture and free draining soil to do well. Round trees it's unlikely to get much of that. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 08:03

There are ones which live on the salt marshes in Wales GD. I believe it flavours the meat too. I don't eat lamb though. 

I suppose they're bred for it  - they can survive most of what nature throws their way. They're outside all the time really.  

The lambs are lovely in spring too. It's always a cheery sight seeing them on the hills. I always have a chat with them when I'm out  

Purpose built growing/display shed

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 07:57

Cannas need plenty of food and moisture David. Indoors may not be the best conditions for them during the summer. Are they all in pots in your building?

The might need more room than you're giving them too  

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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 07:55

Morning all/afties Pat. The CM detector sounds a good idea. They're becoming 'the norm' here. Especially in new homes.

Vile day here. Slightly milder than yesterday I think - wouldn't be hard though. I've had the heating on every morning for the last week - albeit only for ten minutes to take the chill off. WInd to arrive tonight although I'm hoping we may miss the worst of it.

I wondered if doc was on holiday LP. Think he was going but I'm hopeless at remembering dates for things like that. The days go by in a blur for me. Am I getting old? 

Not seen Plant pauper either recently. Perhaps she's building an arc over there...

Thanks chicky - sounds nice. I don't care for asters, but that one could possibly tempt me...

Work Hosta - what's that about....if only we didn't have to....

Off  for a look round now and then head for t'mill. Have a good day everyone. 

Strawberry Runners

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 21:38

If you've got a lot of bindweed, I'd address that. If you have new runners on the strawbs, I'd peg those down into pots, and when they're rooting, you can remove them from the parent. You could then use those to start off a new patch. If you have nowhere suitable right now, plants will be fine over winter in pots. You can create a new bed at any time really, unless the soil's too wet or frozen to work with.

Discard the oldest plants, dig up any healthy looking younger ones to help with the new area, then dig over the existing bed, removing the bindweed. You could plant that up with something else temporarily depending on what you want in your garden. 

Monty's advice was for the older plants. Removing dead or damaged foliage allows the plants to freshen up. Runners wouldn't be cut back.  

Sustaining grass under leylandii

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 21:27

Don't want to deflate you Mark , but grass and Lleylandii don't mix well. You'll be forever trying to establish it under there.

Better to create a decent edge/barrier a good few feet away from the hedge, and put bark down under the hedge instead.

Camera Talk

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 21:12

There was a little flock of them up on the ridge that day!

I think they're mostly Black face sheep and Cheviots on Scottish hills, GD, but not sure. They have to be tough to survive the weather. In the worst of winter, they're lower down the slopes.These were in Glen Douglas down in the bottom of the glen - it was a bit snow clad higher up 

There are some particularly handsome ones on the estate in Glen Fyne. Not sure which breed they are  

Of course - they don't all make it.....

Does anybody know what this is please?

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 20:16

Horses don't eat buttercups , phil. 

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