Latest posts by Obelixx

Growing Avacado from seed

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 12:33

They're from hot countries where drainage is good so I would say John Innes 2 or 3 but do you really want to grow it on?  They're desperately dull with bare stems and very ordinary foliage and by the time it gets to a size that may fruit, you'll have had to remove the house roof.


Posted: 05/08/2017 at 10:21

Meanwhile - you could have used google to solve all your other queries about pruning lavender or identifying the buddleia that was cut down and finding suggestions to fill in the blank but you came on here and got real answers from real people speaking from their own experience and giving advice freely.

Don't knock it.    As Dyer's End says, it helps others too.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 10:15

Good morning everyone.    Dull and grey here and not good for holiday makers.  Lots leaving early yesterday.   We actually got rained on but while we were out and not at home unfortunately.   Went to the shell museum - crammed full of shells of all shapes, sizes and colours - far too many in fact.   They need to do some serious editing but can't fault the staff for enthusiasm..   

Then on to the Potager Extraordinaire which is an organic garden growing mainly curcubits and tomatoes in many shapes, sizes and colours but also bananas, peanuts, sweet potatoes, quinoa and more usual stuff like brassicas, beans, leeks and lettuces.   They grow bidens and tithonia in amongst their tomatoes to attract good guys and fend off baddies.  Very pretty.

They had a polytunnel of strange gourds including "Caveman's club - improved"!

I went to see how they do it all in this drought.  They cheat - seep hoses hiding under tons of organic matter and manure.

DL - hope Mrs is doing better.  That floor you want to eat Belgian casserole off was the day before the removal men arrived with their botts and the furniture.   It would have to be boeuf bourgignon or coq au vin now as we're in the Vendée.

FG - careful of your back with all those slabs.   OH is picking plus today.  Hasn't spotted my improvements in the potager.  I'm waiting for ructions.

Have a  good day everyone and please feel free to send spare rain my way.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 08:37

Morning all.  Off out to the flea market at Les Sables, followed by lunch and an organic potager.  Typically, for our day out it is dull and grey but I suspect not going to be wet.

Looking forward to the pics Busy.   Happy anniversary Wonky.   Not paper Joyce.   None here except for some very vivid stripes on the landing which we are leaving to last to deal with..

Have a good day everyone - hope all aches and pains are better today.

Pruning Plum Trees

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 21:45

Plums are actually best pruned in summer as winter pruning can lead to infections.  Next week should still be OK.  I always did my damson plum in July or early August in my last garden and it was fine.

The RHS offers this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=339

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 21:38

Never liked them Liri so have never grown them.  Not keen on green beans either.   Like pulses tho and mangetouts.

Haven't cut our grass since mid June.  It's brown and dry tho one or two green bits are appearing now after a recent dribble of rain.    The only things in it 6" high are weeds with tiny yellow flowers.  

Ceanothus TREE!

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 21:09

Sometimes I think none of my plants have read the manual.  Local garden conditions make a difference - all my ceanothus died in a bad winter but before then the RHS advice was good.    Take some cuttings now then cut away what you don't want and see how it handles it.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 20:22

I find them tasteless and unpleasant when fresh so never grow them.  However, the general advice seems to be to cut them into pieces and flash freeze in a single layer on a tray or blanch and drain.  Whichever method, store in portions in polythene bags in the freezer.

Hope your missus is better now DL.   Welcome home Liri.  Hope your garden's in good nick.  Glad you had a good time.

B3 and Hosta thanks - I have some white and some leftover lilac so one or both of those will help.  Not going to happen till autumn or maybe even winter tho.   Builders first.

What are these plants?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 20:09

Physocarpus is easy to find in garden centres and online nurseries.   It can be propagated by softwood cuttings in summer.   Do make sure you have the owner's permission to take cuttings.

How do you prune a container grown climbing Rose

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 18:52

Sorry - didn't see the post about training and trellis.  The answer depends on the amount of wall space you have to cover.   Trellis can look attractive all year if you either stain it to make ita feature on its own or can blend into the wall if you just let it fade and weather.  Either way, attach it to battens on the wall so that air can circulate behind the stem sand also make it easier to tie stems in.

If 1m is the path+ or space width in front of the wall you don't want a Teasing Georgia but something less vigorous so follow Marlorena's advice and look at good, new, disease resistant shrub roses that can be enticed to grow taller.   Training simply involves gently bending vertical stems to a diagonal attitude and then tying them, and any side shoots in.  Tie in or reove any shoots that insist on growing out away from teh wall and into the space in front.

If 1m width on the wall itself is all you have, you need a total rethink.

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