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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 18:29

Well the cover is back on the polytunnel. It has a few extra holes in from the rose bush, so I expect this cover will last this summer and then the frame will make a fruit cage. Delphiniums are growing, so I gave them a dressing of crushed eggshells. I transplanted a few foxgloves. Lots of new shoots are growing, the daffs have buds and a few early tulips are in flower. It seems more like mid March than Feb, but it has now dropped a bit chilly.

Controlling raspberry runners

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 18:23

My blackcurrant bushes each occupy a circle of about 4 ft diameter. I get  at least 7 pounds of fruit off of each of them. I don't net so I expect the blackbirds have a few as well.

help for raspberries

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 18:20

If you plant the raspberries in a straight line, that is a good start. The second year the roots will run a bit. Some varieties are worse than others for this. You can sever canes that are growing in the wrong place, leaving only the new canes in the line you want.  Have a strong post at each end of the line, and attach wires between the two to tie the canes to.

Leeks and Onions

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 19:07

Well I should have got my onion seed in by now, but I bought it and then forgot where I put it.


Posted: 23/02/2017 at 19:06

I've never seen bees on mine. They usually have better options like linaria, single dahlias, cosmos.

I  grow gladioli in lines in the veg patch for cutting for the house.   Mixed sorts flower at different times, so I get a bag of one variety usually .

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 19:03

I tend to use cosmos as fillers. If you have facilities to raise from seed, they are quite big seed , so one seed to a pot is quite easy.

The calm before the storm

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 18:59

Well earlier on the polytunnel cover was wrapped around a rose, there was no way I was going to tackle it with lumps being blown off of the Oak tree.

It does seem to have calmed down now. Gusts of up to 60 MPH according to the local weather.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 17:16

My polytunnel  cover has taken off.  Its wrapped round a rose bush.

A large lump has come off the oak and smashed a hellebore

I picked some hellebore flowers to float in a bowl

Have u pruned this Penstemon right?

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 19:19

That sounds fine. I wouldn't go lower. They should branch and then you can pinch to form a bush. Stop pinching around May.  You can pinch back cornflowers , but I don't think it matters much if you don't.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 17:57

You can have a wander around my garden. Lots of snowdrops out. I will take some photos tomorrow.

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