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Fork Handles

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 12:47

Power tools -  electric or petrol? Electricity and water =  not a good idea, petrol should be able to do the trick.

Jo, before we moved house I always had a check, check, double check before I went to bed; now we often find we haven't locked the back door or the garage at all -  we just tend to forget. We must be living in a safe street...                                           Normally I'm the same as you, I do not trust people very quickly

Broken plum tree

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 12:22

Yes Alina, the amount of fungal spores in the air is not provable yet (to my knowledge) and there are many other variables - I do agree on that one.

It's just that I've been reading a lot about the issue (CODIT) and have seen some awful damage in the many years that I worked at a tree nursery, that I've come to this conclusion. We did experiment (not scientificely) and painting large wounds in those cases was never  beneficial to the trees. Small wounds however, did sometimes benefit when the weather had been dry. 

As I said, this is only my opinion so hopefully some others will let Elsapelle know what they think.

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 11:46

Kate, my Granny was like that,you know. In her younger years all the children had to help but as she grew older she insisted on doing it herself until she got to 92 when her brain started to go wooshywoo.

Sounds familiar Geoff. My front door also needs painting but because of the "unstable weather" ( our forecasters know how to cover themselves eh) I can't do it so this door has been "naked" from 29th March.

Jo, don't you get a shower detector  for your region via the computer so you can check when it will be raining? I check mine all the time these days. 

Indoor plants that will absorb odours

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 11:17

Broken plum tree

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 11:06

I'm sorry, but I disagree with Alina about painting the wounds. Nowadays it is widely recognized that painting wounds of trees isn't necessary at all because the trees are perfectly capable of helping themselves by shutting the wounds of from the healthy wood. If and when wounds are still wet this wetness gets closed in and will continue to give way to fungal infections so the tree will get damaged even more.

Try keeping the wounds as dry as possible ( maybe put an umbrella over the stem and then some plastic to cover that ). Indeed you should see some new growth this year. This is my opinion and others may differ.


Indoor plants that will absorb odours

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:40

Interesting question TT2. I have to say I don't have any experience with that but I found this link:

I don't know how many you'll need for such a space and my guess is that you're going to need a lot of them, depending on what causes the odour and how bad the smell is.

Another idea might be to use odour absorbing paint, which is available nowadays.

Good luck with getting rid of smelly showers.

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 10:11

Morning all,

Sunshine and rain are fighting for their position on this side of The Channel today. Normally we are in the dry corner so it won't be too bad I hope. Had planned to do some work in the front garden today.

Yes Geoff, the weekend has been the best in ages. Loads of fun and dancing and of course seeing family members that live on the other side of the country. 'Twas a bit like a reunion.     

No news of job yet....It won't be long before I'll ask you all to cross fingers and toes again.     

Drowning fruit tree

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:35

@ frensclan -  It would be a good idea to re-plant your young tree on a little hillock of 30 to 40 cm high after leaf fall if it is still alive by then. Take away the soil for this hillock in the direct neighbourhood of the tree so you'll end up with a shallow trench at 30 cm from the hillock which will take care of drainage. You could dig this trench a little deeper and fill it with grit for even better drainage.

Apple, Cherry and Damson Trees absolutely dislike having wet feet for a long(er) period so there is a possibilitiy the young tree will not survive. If so, and you would like to plant a new tree in that position, it's best you plant that on a hillock to be on the safe side.

Fork Handles

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 13:35

Hi everyone,

Today is a bit dreary; grey sky, some wet drops and no sunshine at all.

We were very lucky last Saturday, when SIL got married. The sun was out early and we only had two drops of rain just after the ceremony; OH said they were the tears of his Mum and Dad in heaven. SIL had rented an old castle and the official ceremony was outside in the garden, veeeerrry romantic.

OH and I needed all Sunday to recover and I was still tired yesterday but we have a beautiful day to remember.

So today I wanted to do some gardening but looking at the sky I do not think that it'll happen. Hopefuly Thursday will be better because I'm going to visit the Floriade that day together with Mum and Aunt. I'm very much lookig forward to that 'cos the photo's I've seen so far are showing a lot of magnificent greenery and flowers. I'm also looking forward to all the architecture.

@Lottie, ants do not like wet places that's for sure. I've noticed that they go crazy from copper as well so now I have very thin copper wires to chase them away from where I don't want them.

Fork Handles

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 10:39

It is sunny here now but not for very long so I'm going to do some much needed gardening.  

Yesterday I spent with Mum. We didn't go to any GC sadly but went to Germany instead to have lunch and to do some sight-seeing.

On our way back we had a stop over at an old farm where they sell fruits, veggies, perennial plants, and lots of home made stuff.      But it was too hot in the car to take anything home, except for some raspberries. Lovely day though and BBQ for dinner.


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