Latest posts by Obelixx

Fig tree in a container

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 14:26

Have a look at this then - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/figs  They recommend a feed with tomato fertiliser once fruits are formed.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 13:30

Looks lovely Busy.   I hope the journey home wasn't too tiring.

I still haven't got a clematis or a rose or a veggie in the ground but we're working on it.  Meanwhile, they're doing fine in pots and troughs.

Fig tree in a container

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 13:19

The nutrients in commercial composts last anything from 80 to 100 days.  When I had mine in a pot I fed it a generous handful of slow release food every spring.   Make sure you protect it from frosts over winter and it should produce more fruits each year. 

In this garden there is a huge one in the ground which produced masses of leaves and no fruit last year.  I pruned all the lower stems back to the main trunk and reduced a lot more last autumn and didn't feed it.  It is now covered in fruits but it does have access to all the nutrients in the soil.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 12:52

Hosta - there's a lot of troughs out there if anyone cares to investigate.  I expect town councilors and county councilors and MPs of various persuasions are at it and probably a few chief executives of councils too and then there's the whole MEP thing where they get huge salaries - tax free - and living and schooling and travel benefits and still want to pay their wives for "secretarial duties".  

Nigel Farage is well known in Brussels and Strasbourg for wining and dining journalists in the best 2 and 3 star restaurants which is why none of them looked too closely at him during the Brexit campaign.

OH has the bit between his teeth today and is "sorting out" our garden shed and storage cave.   We now have lanterns strung up in the garden and a lot of tutting going on.   I'm ignoring hime and sticking to messing with furniture and seedlings.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 10:44

Here we have a telly doofer and a Sky doofer and most other stuff is a dooberry when we can't think of the name.   

Sunny here and warm.   More sanding for me because i got distracted yesterday and forgot the wardrobe door which has been taken off and put to one side.........   Doh!

OH is strimming edges and round trees and posts.   After lunch we need to go and look at paving and gravel before we order 10 cubic metres of chipped bark for the rose garden project.  We may well order it anyway but I still want to look at something more stable for our morning coffee table.

Lovely iris Chicky.  I've just planted 2 doz bearded iris in my new island bed and most will be a surprise but probably deep purple.  They came from Marie-Christine who used to help in the old garden plus a few new bought ones in shades of peach and cream and caramel.  I have a load of reticulatas to go in round the edge of the bed for next spring. 

Pat - you should really work on ways to put off your unwanted visitor since you veiw her appearances with such dread.

Love that picture Hosta.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 22:36

I think the Beeb is a bit late with springwatch but if they did it any earlier they wouldn't have a lot of babies to look at.

Definitely summer here.   We have been to dance class.  Jolly hot doing an hour of quickstep, rumba and samba so heaven knows what it'll be like for the next 4 weeks of class.

Off again GWRS?  You've only just got home!

Liri - sounds like fun.   All my jeans have kitten damage from Cosmos climbing up my leg.   He has a thing about my hair elastics so would climb up my leg while I cleaned my teeth before bed, hoik one out of the basket on the shelf and go and kill it.   Now he's too big and heavy at 8 months so waits to see if I leave one by the bedside.  Hasn't worked out that he could jump!   He also has trouble retracting his claws and I'm forever rescuing him form things he's stuck to.

Nearly time for bed.  Sweet dreams all.

(Yet) Another way to use comfrey.

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 16:46

Comfrey is good for flowering and fruiting plants.  If you can stand the smell it makes an excellent "tea" which can then be dliuted and used as a foliar feed or watered on at the roots.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 14:20

Lily P - good news and yes, goggles near nasties like euphorbias if you insist on growing them.

I've come in for a drink - 32.7C out there now but still a nice breeze.   Much warmer than forecast.  

Another ID from a novice gardener...

Posted: 01/06/2017 at 12:17

I agree.  2nd is teasel and needs to go if you don't want to seed around everywhere.

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