Latest posts by Obelixx

Gardening newbie, any ideas for garden design?

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 14:08

Haven't time to check your blog at the mo but I do know James Grieve is moderately self-fertile but will crop much better if it has a pollination partner so you should consider planting a second tree unless one of your neighbours has a suitable playmate.    Have a look at this list - https://www.keepers-nursery.co.uk/searchpolpartner.aspx?id=JAMGRI

Good luck with the chemo and well done for planning a garden.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 13:22

That link takes me to a "style" page with Mary Berry's cranberry mince pies.   Not that stylish.

Last edited: 29 November 2017 13:22:39

Overgrown Beauty Bush

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 13:19

These are best pruned after flowering so you don't lose a whole season's flowers.   However, I think, while it is bare and you can see what you're doing, I would take out 1 in 3 of those stems right back to the base and choosing the older and more knobbly looking ones.   Do this on a day when no frost is forecast for a few days as this can damage new wounds and let in disease.

You could also shorten by a third some of the longer stems left once you've thinned it.   Repeat this thinning process every year so that you end up completely renewing the shrub whilst keeping it to size.   Give it a generous handful of pelleted chicken manure every spring to encourage healthy fresh growth and flowers.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 12:14

This is our old boiler and water tank after we installed the PV panels and yellow control box and before we re-did the pipe lagging..  Makes me think of Red Dwarf for some reason.

The one here is upright and has the burner and hot water tank inside and some very strange controls.   Might have to think about getting a leaner, cleaner model but it can wait till the next service in November 18.

Harvest 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 12:04

I have some Guernsey and White Gem parsnip seeds I didn't sow last spring as the veggie plot wasn't ready for them.  Do I take it they are unlikely to germinate and make crop this coming year?

Given that I can get parsnips here thru winter and not have the storage problems, maybe I should grow things I don't find here - spring greens, purple sprouting, cavolo nero........

Last edited: 29 November 2017 12:05:20

Decreasing leaves

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 11:51

Sorry, but this is a UK based forum with an untropical climate.  I suggest you check with local veggie growers if the variety you planted is suited to your local conditions and also check cultivation advice for your conditions.  

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 11:48

It does Pdoc - and there was me thinking it was more like an anorexic pheasant.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 11:27

Hosta - have you got a Kindle so you can at least read when you're not sleeping.   I trust OH is better now so you can have a proper celebration tomorrow.  Happy birthday fellow Sag.

No idea what your bird is but love that blue.

Lyn - have only visited Devon a few times and not for nearly 30 years no but it was always damp!   Gorgeous, but damp.

Last edited: 29 November 2017 11:28:34

Escalonia - when to prune??

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 11:19

Escallonia are evergreen in mild winters and flower form summer into autumn or until it gets too cold so fall into the spring pruning category.   Wait till the worst of the frosts are over in April and then take back the side shoots to encourage it to grow thicker and trim back upright shoots to 6 to 9" below the desired eventual height.   This way there will be less risk of frost damage to new cuts and new growth will soon hide the ends.   Give the base a generous scattering of pelleted chicken manure to encourage healthy new growth and flowers.

Given a regular spring prune and feed  it will make a lovely flowering hedge.

How do you care for indoor plants during the winter?

Posted: 29/11/2017 at 11:09

Thanks RG.  If it turns out tasty maybe you could share the recipe.   Xmas goodies thread for those who don't just want boring turkey and commercial mince pies?

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