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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 17:00

Don't tell OH but I have been known to put all my Wolf tool heads and trwels through teh dishwasher at the end of the gardening season before sharpening, if needed, and oiling them before he got home from work.  

GW is usually repeated on Sat pm on BBC2 and again on Sunday morning, after Beechgrove.

Still sunny and dry here and 22C.   No rain in sight.   I really need some for plant rescues but attic first and bedrooms.  OH is on garage duty............   Possum is sorting her riding gear.


Posted: 23/09/2016 at 15:30

The trick with clay soil is to pile on layers and layers of compost every autumn once the garden is hibernating and there's been enough rain to soften the lay then leave it for the worms to work in.   Over the years you'll end up with lovely, workable soil and amazing fertility.


Posted: 23/09/2016 at 14:43

Creative - but much easier with a stainless steal hand fork I'd have thought.  SS is good in clay and the ones with round tines are especially good.

Plants and shrubs used by local housing association

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 22:28

Round here they use rosa rugosa, berberis, potentilla (the acid yellow one), photinia and sarcococca - in blocks, not mixed.

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Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 21:46

Both are gorgeous Richard.

I've been collecting seeds of my clems to take with me to the new garden.  Looking forward to seeing what I get.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 21:42

WW - hope the rest does the trick then.

Definitely equinox today.  Fish out your socks and jumpers.  We'll be needing them as the evenings draw in - except Pat whose days are going to get longer and warmer.......

DD - take the mayor a home-made cake or two and emphasise the tea and cakes aspect - so different from coffee or beer and a croque or a piece of French tart if you're lucky.   Cultivate that bank manager.  he sounds great.

Pruning raspberries

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 17:04

Leaving the stems on till February protects the crowns of the plants through the worst of winter.   You have to use your nouse and not do it when it's freezing but, once done, you know that the new growth will go on and flower and fruit in mid to late summer, assuming they're that kind.

If you need to move any or all of your raspberries it will be easier of you cut them down to about 9 to 12inches then water well to protect their roots and make them easier to lift.  Replant in well prepared beds and then wait and see.   You'll be fine with the late fruiters but will probably lose a season with the earlies.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 16:59

I uses to have 3 small integrifolias - alba and rosa but they've not done well at all and all 3 disappeared last year.  This year one has come back but feebly with foliage and no flowers.  Any suggestions?

Neutral clay soil to which I added loads of horse manure as I was also planting roses.  Full south, sheltered and gets a general sprinkle of pelleted chicken manure every spring plus clematis feed on the big clems - Sunset, princess Diana, Betty Corning.   Hendryetta is in that bed too and doing well. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 16:54

That's good but frustrating.  Maybe some yoga or pilates would help strengthen her back if she's going to be gardening long term.

All that jelly sounds good.  We have a rather large and unruly grapevine in the new garden - OH's baby to bring under control - but guess who'll get to deal with the fruits.  maight ask for some recipes next year.

I have cleared 2 large wardrobes.  Contents all boxed up and labelled or chucked or Oxfamed.   One more to do but not much in it.   Piles of fabric are staring at me but chappy says he'l find some 80cm boxes for those so nothing doing till Monday.  Garden shed then.

Pat - have a good sleep and enjoy son's visit.   I'd hide the cat and keep it.   Loads of kittens on offer to free homes on a local website at the mo - can't understand why people don't neuter them.  Can't have one while we still have Pusscat.  She doesn't like cats and gives the dogs filthy looks and a wide berth.

Anything wrong with these clematis?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 13:38

I love these clems.  Alionushka struggled for a couple of years but has finally taken off.  I train it towards a metal mesh grid and it gets to 2.5 metres now.    Hendryetta is another good one which I scramble through a Sceptr'd Isle rose for support and Arabella is lovely too threaded through a cotinus and also as ground cover.

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