Latest posts by Obelixx

Pruning raspberries

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 13:15

The best fruits come on new stems which is why the old ones are cut down.   Early fruiters do it on stems produced during the previous season and those stems need cutting back once they'v fruited.  You then tie in the new ones to their supports.

Late fruiters do it on new season's wood so you can cut back now but more usually in February.   The RHS has this advice which may be of help - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/fruit/raspberries 

Right Of Way

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 13:10

You clearly have the answer you need already.   

You clearly do not need a ROW.  Your neighbours don't like the idea of having one formalised as it may devalue their property.   If you do hang on to it it has to be declared if you sell in the future and the resulting problems may well devalue your property and/or make it harder to sell.

Go for peace of mind and good relations and drop the whole thing officially.

Seems obvious to me and everyone who's responded.  Just need to make up your own mind now and get on with it either way.

What can I plant under Dicentra?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 12:59

Maybe the colder winters control it here but it really isn't invasive at all for me.  In fact, I sometimes have to encourage it!   Looks fab in spring with the blue of forget-me-nots and the pink of the geranium macrorhizum and the white dicentras at the back.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 12:19

GWRS - We keep our living room at 18C - bedrooms cooler - and use socks, fleeces, rugs and dogs as necessary if we need extra heat on the hitherto few occasions we're in to sit on a sofa and watch TV.     Won't be out at dancing 5 nights a week when we move - just the one class planned - and we will have a wood burner so we may review that policy.

Good advice about the bank manager. 

Clari - you need some house rules eg - no car or part thereof in the house, ever.   That's what the man shed is for.   Two hours of time in the man shed get you two hours in the house and then the garden till you have a decent living space.   Living with never ending renovations is very wearing on your mental and physical health and probably your relationship.

As for the boss and working conditions - there are legal rules for that.  See here for dimensions and space rules - http://www.healthyworkinglives.com/advice/Legislation-and-policy/employee-issues/welfare-workplace#legal Point boss gently in the right direction then gang up if needs be.

More coffee has been drunk.  Not really kicking in yet.. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:56

They will still have the format and production team, presumably, but you have to wonder how they will manage with a new judging and presenting team and will we see great ads all over the tent for mixers, processors, cake tins, flours, sugars and other essential baking goodies?

Courage Clary.  Nearly done.

OK.  Coffee has brewed so I'm off.  See you later.

Right Of Way

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:43

I agree.  You are the only one who benefits and you already have alternative access if needed and friendly access to the slightly shorter route.  

Making it official will breed resentment.

Let sleeping dogs lie.   Put your neighbours' minds at rest and resume peaceful, friendly relations with them. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:36

Lovely grapes.  Sounds like a good escape too Dove.

Joyce, there is no attic at the new house!   This one is 18m by 7m and has my sewing room, a workshop for upcycling stuff and 2 large storage areas.  There are 3 large wardrobes and lots of shelving and patterns and fabrics and haberdashery and paints and stencils and Xmas decs and lights and so on and so forth...  Most of the sorting and chucking has been done.  Just need to pack it all now.

WW - yes, be careful with your back.   


Posted: 22/09/2016 at 09:54

I agree.  They need more food and compost, not less root.   If their centres are bare they may have box blight in which case all the affected growth needs cutting out and then you should apply a foliar feed to help the rest of the plant recover and regrow.   

The RHS has this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=96

If you can't increase pot size then you need to decrease the size of the plants to reduce the demands on their resources of food and water and root space.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 09:38

Another sunny start to the day.  No rain for ages and none in view.   Pot watering first then another busy day in the attic for me and then the garden shed.   Lovely job - not.

DD - know exactly what you mean.   Good luck at the bank.  Hope Busy's OK and you can meet up.

Chicky - visited Picton gardens when we were in Malvern earlier this month .  They have some gorgeous colours with many more waiting to open their blooms and some good companion planting.  Enjoy, but be aware they have a "sweetie" shop - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1609%20Picton%20gardens?sort=2&page=1


Are these Sloes?

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 18:12

I can't freeze my surplus fruit this year as we are moving and the freezers will be unplugged for at least a week.  Don't need any more jams or chutneys either so I made blackcurrant cordial and a liqueur with vodka.   Whilst sorting the pantry I found a bottle of blackcurrant Armagnac from last year and blackcurrant vinegar which is luscious.

I have damsons sitting soaking in gin and vodka - two separate kilner jars! - and expect to get something luscious in time for C 2017.   It'll be strained in early spring and left to mature.    Hope it's good as damsons won't like the new garden.

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