Latest posts by obelixx

When to prune rose

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 15:29

There are different pruning routines for ramblers which usually flower on wood produced the year before and climbers which do it on current season's growth.   What you should be doing now is tying in your stems to their supports so they don't whip around in autumn gales and get broken and damaged.   You need also to cut out any stems that won't be trained in or are growing in the wrong direction and any that are broken or damaged.

The RHS offers this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=189 Scroll down for ramblers.

This winter

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 14:00

A bit of winter is good - cosy nights in, lovely frosts on the garden and winter walks on crisp, sunny days, suitably rugged up and shod.  I just think it can go on too long and gets depressing when it's relentlessly cold and grey and damp for months.

Heat is good as long as it's dry and not humid.   Then you just need to time your sorties to before and after lunch and a snoozle.

Garden mesh

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 13:04

Are you using rawl plugs for the vine eyes?    Stretched wires are fine for all climbing plants.   Horizontal is usually easiest for training and improving flower poawer but diagonal from a main base would also do.

What do I do with my turf??

Posted: 23/09/2015 at 11:18

You can stack the turves in a neat pile in a corner placing roots to roots and grass to grass in layers.  It will rot down to make wonderful soil for your new veg beds.

For the clay soil, break it up with a fork if you can then layer on loads of well rotted farmyard manure and leave it over winter so that the elements and worms can break it all down and mix them up.   Fork it over in spring and rake before layering on some of your compost and planting plugs rather than sowing seeds as they'll cope better.

Keep mulching with more compost and manure every autumn and you'll ned up with healthy, fertile soil.

Cherry Tree In A Pot

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 22:23

It's wonderfully informative.  You can probably get it o BBC i-player for this last episode.  BBC2 Scotland repeated on BBC 2 UK on Sunday mornings.

Cherry Tree In A Pot

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 21:15

Chris Beardshaw has been promoting an old method of growing fruit trees in pots in such a way that they get regular top and root pruning which, perversely, keeps them healthy and increases fruiting power.   This week he showed a wonderful crop of fruit on a peach tree grown this way.

Have a look at the Beechgrove website.  It should be explained in the fact sheets available to download from each programme in the series.


Ideas on how Solve a Pet Problem Like this...

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 15:29

Sounds promising.  You'll need to make sure his paperwork is up to spec- chip, rabies and other jabs, worms, fleas and ticks in the week before he goes.   Took our pair through the Chunnel just the once and it's a performance.   

This winter

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 13:51

Those were two exceptional winters. Normally we get -15C for a few weeks in Jan/Feb/March and some snow in November which doesn't stay then a bit in December and usually a bit more in Jan/Feb.

The last two winters have been exceptionally mild.  I just hope my plants aren't getting too cosy.   Pots go into the greenhouse or shed depending on size and whether or not they need light or go completely dormant.

Leylandii any good for wildlife?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 12:49

We planted a hawthorn hedge 12 years ago.  It still puts on 6' a year but we cut it back once a year and keep it to about 6' tall.  It's thickening nicely and has had birds nesting for the first time this year.  Up until now it's served more as a sparrow conference centre and shelter from occasional sparrowhawks.


Posted: 22/09/2015 at 10:35

Click the tree icon and follow the select, upload and save procedure.

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