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Posted: 09/06/2016 at 12:58

YvieStevie - shocking for your rmum.  Hope she recovers well.

Hazel - parsnips are very versatile.  i've done this cake and the Belgians loved it - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/honey-parsnip-coconut-cake and this way with sausages is very good too if you use parsnips instead of swede which we don't like - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/sausage-maple-swede-traybake and then good old roast parsnip with Sunday dinner cos they van be tweaked with honey/male syrup/parmesan/spices accordingly. 

I am coughing and spluttering so much I've had to rope in OH to clear a veg bed so I can plant the onion sets.  Fed up.

Rose graft - what part of the Rose is this?

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:32

Not working but yes, the graft is the knobbly bit where the decorative rose is grafted to a rootstock, usually a  rambler for vigour.   There are two schools of thought for planting.  The old one says leave the union above the soil and the newer one, as advocated by David Austin and others, is to bury it a couple of inches below the soil to protect if from frost and wind damage and allow the grafted plant to produce some of its own roots.  It's supposed to reduce suckering from the rootstock too.

Be patient.   New roses can take a season or two to get going while they develop a decent root system so be patient.  Make sure they don't dry out in hot spells and give them some slow release rose or tomato fertiliser to encourage flower formation.

helping my christmas tree

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:26

Too true.  We buy rooted trees most years but have only once had one grow when planted out.  It's now as high as the house but has a raised canopy cos the horses in the paddock leant over and ate the lower branches on one side.  I cut the other branches to stop it looking unbalanced and now it's a fine tree.


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 10:09

Hosta - what have you got in there that needs such warmth?  Don't they cook?

We are forecast a whole day of sunshine and NO RAIN!  Whooppee.  Still a chilly northerly breeze though.    Unfortunately Possum has passed on a cold which has grabbed me in the sinuses and chest so not conducive to gardening but I'll do my best.   Found some red onion sets yesterday - didn't plant them at the right time as it was so cold and then so wet but they'll not do owt if they stay in the bag so I'll give them a go.

All those wanting rain, I hope you get some.   

Busy, 40 for tea will be very cosy.  Have fun.

A friend of mine opens her 1 hectare garden for charity in the Belgian yellow book scheme but also takes groups by appointment at €5 a head.  She had a date booked in May for a prestigious historical gardens society to come and offered to do an English tea if they'd pay €10.  Lovely - roped me in for cakes and she'd do sandwiches.  The day before the visit they cancelled.  Friend incandescent and sent off a shirty mail to the organiser who replied indicating the group's website where my friend found they were charging €55 for the visit.   No wonder people cancelled when they discovered they could see it for €5 in June.  No cake tho.  In Belgium you just get the garden.

Last edited: 09 June 2016 10:10:59

helping my christmas tree

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 09:45

It won't grow new branches to replace the old dead ones.

If you do this again, you need to give it a decent sized pot with good quality compost and regular feeding and watering.  In a pot it is entirely dependent on you for food and water - like a houseplant.   Rain on its own won't be enough.

Please help

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 17:28

It'll be worth it if you do it well.  Like decorating, it's all in the preparation.

Help! Poorly silver birch tree

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 17:09

As you can tell from the other answers, it isn't going to survive, let alone thrive, in a pot.  Take a walk through your neighbourhood or local park and see just how big these things want to get and then ask yourself how it cold ever be happy in a wee pot..

Glass panel fencing and railway sleepers

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 16:58

Google "glass fencing" and you will find images using different fixings.  

It will need to be high spec safety glass and you'll have to have very secure fixings to keep it grounded and with gaps between the vertical supports to allow wind to pass through and reduce resistance.


Posted: 08/06/2016 at 15:53

Why?  Soda bread is so easy to make.  I do it for eating with soups in winter.

Help! Poorly silver birch tree

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 12:56

In that case, a bigger pot and plenty of water till you can deliver it.

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