Latest posts by Obelixx

Large evergreen Shrub for Pot

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 12:46

Shade, sun, hot, cold, windy????  Hard water or soft water?

salix how and when to prune

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 11:59

What kind is it and what are you trying to achieve?  Formative pruning? reducing size?  production of new, colourful stems?

Generally speaking, the time to prune is when the tree is dormant so after leaf fall and before the sap starts rising again in late Jan/mid Feb, depending on where you are, and a slate as possible in those limits if it's the colourful stems you're after.   How much and where you prune depends on whether you're after pollarding, coppicing or just shaping.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 11:55

It'll be a while Pat.  Have to the joining strips and then the outer edge and then back it, wad it, and then either quilt or complete the back and edging and quilt.  Not sure how this new teacher does things yet.  I'm using just 9 of the original blocks cos I didn't like 3 of them but I've found 2 more part made and could make another to give me 3 x 4.   Lots to think about.

Schefflera dropping healthy branches

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 10:39

Crikey - yes, it's starving and cramped.   Soak that root ball in a bucket and tease out som eof teh roots so they head out into the fresh compost.    Make sure it is planted at the same depth as before but give it extra width and depth.  Water again once done then go to the dunking method.   Come spring, give it some occasional feeds for leafy houseplants.  You can usually find these in better supermarkets.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 10:23

It has topped bleeding Dove and is looking cleaner but the central part of his big pad still looks rather raw.   Here's hoping he heals completely.

Joyce - I've looked but the recipe is in a book of healthy recipes I gave to Possum when we moved.  I'll ask her to scan it and send it but, from memory, you just make a risotto but with barley instead of rice. 

The difference is that the onions or shallots are softened in dry sherry or fat free stock and the barely and stock can all go in at once as it doesn't have to be stirred constantly like risotto rice.  No cream, butter or Parmesan.  Mushrooms of your choice and some peas and fresh herbs to finish if you like.

I tend to cheat and use the quick, 10 minute cook barley rather than pearl barley.  It works well with whole spelt grains too but they need 40 minutes.

Connifer Trees!

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 10:08

Yes, if it's a leylandii it can grow that fast.   

As for cutting it down, you can buy a pruning saw quite cheaply and tackle your tree in sections.   Wolf do a system where you can buy different length handles and then tool heads that slot on so you end up with a good set - hoe, rake, cultivator, lawn edger if you like and many more.

The pruning saw is usually a curved blade with strong teeth.   They also have loppers which will cut branches and stems up to about 1" thick and then you may also find you need a decent set of secateurs - Felco no 2 are best to start with - assuming you are going to look after your garden and have other shrubs that need pruning for shape and health.  Lots of Xmas prezzie potential there.

Start by grabbing the tree as high as you can reach and cut thru the central stem/trunk.  You may need the help of a friend to hold a step ladder for you..  Reduce the tree height in sections till you have a stump about 2 or 3' tall.  Use loppers to remove all side branches to leave a bare stump you can then use to lever the roots up.   You can use an axe or the loppers to cut the thicker roots.   The thinner ones will rot down in the soil but the bigger ones are best removed.

Do this when the tree is more or less dormant so between now and mid Feb.  It will be less sappy.  Wipe some oil on the sides of the blade firs and, if the pruning saw does get stuck with sappy stuff, clean it with some WD40.  Clean again when you've finished.

Or you could just ask a  friend to help or hire a tree surgeon.

Last edited: 09 November 2017 10:09:35

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 09:52

Winter coming and long evenings in so I expect lots of crafty stuff coming up.  I have found a new patchwork group so hope to complete my wall hanging and go on to new projects.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 09:49

Good morning.  Sunny and 11C now after a chilly but not frosty start.  More socks made and a fairly compliant Cosmos sorted.  Yes Joyce - I think, despite the sock, his paw must be more comfy now.

Belgium doesn't really do Xmas cards tho some do NY greetings.  They also have strict rules on envelope sizes for normal stamp rates.  Triple rates if you go out of bounds.   After several tries we now buy RHS cards which conform in size and are seasonal and decorative.  Our list has reduced a lot since we both worked and played in England and now it's just close friends and family.

Pat - your pie looks good.  I have a healthy recipe for mushroom and barley risotto which is very tasty and satisfying.  No pastry for me till Xmas!  Except maybe 2 meals as both OH and I have birthdays in the next 4 weeks.

Busy - course you miss OH.  Hope he gets back safely and happy. 

Dove - I hope WW gets her Felco's.  Brilliant dooberries.   Love mine.

I hope you all get some sunshine today.   

Last edited: 09 November 2017 09:50:21

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 23:23

Well done  AR for coping with the scan and also Busy for your weight loss.   I need to shift 6 or 7 kilos too.  Bilbao hasn't helped but it's creeping off again now.  So slow once you hit 27!

OH is improving at Cosmos management and Cosmos is less wriggly during the whole process too.  I need to sew more socks tomorrow.

Pdoc & Dove - party politics seem increasingly to be dogma, entrenched positions and lack of real action to tackle serious problems.  eg The latest homeless figures are shocking and shameful and will only get worse.  How hard would it be to appropriate empty tower blocks and make low rent flats for the very needy?    Has to be better than the "accommodation" they showed on the London area news this evening.

Have to say I thought the coalition govt was an exciting development and the Lib Dems didn't get enough credit for reigning in the Tory hard liners.  I do realise I view it all from outside and so with more objectivity than most since I lost the right to vote and thus an axe to grind.

Sorbus Olympic Flame

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 23:05

Be patient.  Give it time and love and it will grow.   Keep the soil around its base weeded to reduce competition for nutrients and rain and give it a mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure.  Use bought multi-purpose compost if you have none of your own or a bag of manure which you can also buy at garden centres.

Next spring, give it a generous handful of pelleted chicken manure lightly forked in around the roots and another mulch.   Enjoy the new foliage as it opens and the blossom.   Lovely tree.

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