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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 06:39

I fear there are people trapped who cannot get out. The pumps can only reach about half way.  I wouldn't live in a tower block for all the tea in China.

More tears for London.

RHS Chatsworth

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 06:18

When we have been to the Maldives, some interesting clothing and footwear turn up. As all the floors in the bars and restaurants and roads are sand, anything other than flip flops are useless. New  female holidaymakes are identified by stilettos. It is hot  so loose flappy clothing is de rigueur, however, I did see a Bride and Groom arrive, presumably straight ( 18 hour of flights including a small sea plane) from the reception. He still had on a suit and tie, She had the full meringue. We just stood and watched. Totally gobsmacked. I was hot in a swimming costume .

Garden out of control

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 21:56

The dying docks look like they have had a dose of weedkiller already.  If you can,  wet the area, then twist the dock as you pull. I had a huge one come out this way, it left a sheath behind, but I got three foot of centre of tap root out.


Posted: 13/06/2017 at 21:47

Centranthus ruber.

Are these weeds please??

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 21:35

First two look like onopordum seedlings, easier to identify when first true leaves show.

3 I think is a tree seedling.

4 I think is possible jack by the hedge.

3 and 4 I would get rid of now. 1 and 2 I would let the next set of leaves grow and they will be easier to identify.


Posted: 13/06/2017 at 18:29

Well I bought it in 1980. on my first honeymoon, ( a night in Baslow), from a garden centre in Darley Dale. It was a couple of foot high then. I  planted it in my first house, a semi detached rabbit hutch(sorry bungalow). We moved 10 months later and took it with us.  We stayed in the new place for about 10 years, dug it up and moved it again. I then planted it in the hedge line here. Then it went bonkers.


Posted: 13/06/2017 at 17:45

I should point out that the little one I bought is now 15 ft and shading out the greenhouse.  I hack it down regularly. don't think it's suitable for a rockery. Perhaps a dwarf conifer?


Posted: 13/06/2017 at 17:30

That is so cute.


Posted: 13/06/2017 at 17:29

I think you pruned off the top grafted bit. You are left with the hazel rootstock. sadly you have a straight hazel .

Tips on creating vegtable garden

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 17:24

Wood chippings are OK for paths but will rob the veg patch of Nitrogen as they rot down.

 Brambles you will have to dig out. I would spray the lot with glyphosate to totallt clear any perennial weeds before you start.   It will then die down, but some like bindweed may need a second dose. Spend this summer getting it as clear as you can, with a view to planting next spring. The other thing you could do is to skim off all the turf, stack it upside down, and cover with black plastic. That will rot to give you a good loam.  If you can get some maincrop potato tubers, it is a bit late, but plant one every two foot, they will produce a lot of top growth which will suppress weeds, and you get the advantage of plenty of potatoes. However it is a bit late and you may not be able to obtain seed potatoes. Do not plant potatoes from the supermarket, you may introduce virus and rots into your soil.

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