Latest posts by obelixx

Has any poster had practical experience of 'hugelkulture'?

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 11:45

Have heard of it but not tried it in my own garden.  It's been featured on GW in the past but not for a while.  

Supposed to be ecologically very sound and good for biodiversity. 

Blackcurrent pruning

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 11:40

Same here.   Make harvesting easy by pruning out fruited stems right to the base then go and sit in comfort on the terrace to pick the fruit.

It makes for automatic pruning of the old wood and constant renewal of fruiting vigour. This year we've had more fruit than my freezer and jam pots can handle so I've also pruned the longer remaining stems by half but I don't usually touch the remaining unfruited stems.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 16:20

Too hot and dry.  We had a bit of rain on Tuesday morning so I spent 5 hours weeding a long, curving border and yesterday I cut the grass but nothing yet today.

Will pick a cabbage later and water the toms.

Need a good downpour but preferably without gales and hail tornadoes.

What colour is best for a microclimate?

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 15:06

Dark green would look more natural than black and would show off the dahlias just as well.   

Wood doesn't store heat to release overnight.  You need bricks or stones for that so paint both sides green.  It'll be easier.

I have to stop feeding the birds in my garden

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 15:04

Rats are present everywhere but get cheeky and more visible during breeding time.

You can do as suggested and put down poison - I do - and also call the local council yourself for a rodent removal chappy or chappess to come and deal with them.

Lawn care after moles

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 23:00

Just as I thought Posy.  Thanks.

Storing plant pots

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 20:09

We can take spares to our recycling centre so they don't go to landfill.

I can also take clean pots to a nursery that specialises in summer bedding and hanging basket type plants and leave them in a great container where other gardeners can help themselves.

Garden plant ID

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 19:00

It's one of the conifers.  You can trim it with shears or hedge cutters to make a smooth mound or you can use secateurs to cut back the bits that are too long.  Do it now so wounds have a chance to heal before the autumn frosts or you'll be inviting pests and disease to invade the plant tissue.

A word of warning though - conifers do not grow back from brown wood so make sure any cuts are just into the green foliage.   Keep it trimmed regularly in future with a cut in late spring after frosts and anther in early August if needed.   Better a regular haircut than a complete hack.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 18:53

You can pickle the whole green walnut when it is young so by the end of June in most places.   There's a recipe here - http://www.davidgregory.org/pickled_walnuts.htm

The ones you've been given will be "wet" walnuts which just means the nut itself is still juicy.   Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a fan - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2007/oct/27/recipes.foodanddrink 

You can google for more info.

A friend of mine makes a very moist and luscious walnut tea bread with theirs.

There's a recently planted grove of over 2000 walnut trees just up the road from me but they're not ready for harvesting in quantity yet.  I'm keeping an eye on them though.

Lawn care after moles

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 18:46

I can deal with the moles.  I have the technology.

It's the aftermath that is causing problems.

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