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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 22:24

Instead of freebies or discount for cuttings, see if you can organise a plant swap with tea in September when most tourists will have gone but regular locals will still be around and can get rid of spare plants form sowings, cutting and divisions.  Set aside a table or two for plants and then let the customers order their tea and cake and pay for it.

Let Charlie run the plant tables, charge  1€ per plant or something token and then you can snaffle the best.  Might be worth trying in May anyway when people have spare seedlings and divisions.

Glad that it's all coming together.

Last edited: 20 June 2017 22:26:10

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 21:45

Nothing wrong with the odd wilt day LG.   Had one myself today which ended up spent indoors in the cool doing stuff on the PC.  Finally tackled some painting at 5pm and then pot shifting and dead heading roses and tidying up a wisteria.   BBQ dinner outside and then walkies at 9:30 so the dogs didn't overheat.

Just cooling down for half an hour before my shower.

My veggies are all still in pots and troughs and cells but OH says he'll rotavate a strip for me so I can plant out my red onions from their cells and get the sweetcorn in too as it is ready to romp after being sown late.  We have already harvested 2 courgettes and 2 cucs and there are toms and peppers and squashes forming.   Very exciting after last year's total non performance in the Belgian garden.

Never heard of The Room but will record it and have a look.

I hope everyone is coping with the heat and that the injured and poorly are healing/mending/getting better.

More hozelock woe

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 20:21

The bits are easy enough to find and not that expensive so yes, replace the male part as well as the female on the end of your feed hose and see if that helps.

If that doesn't work, contact Hozelock directly for advice.

Last edited: 20 June 2017 20:22:29

Florence Fennel bolting - can it be saved? And when to sow (for future reference!)

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 18:37

I my experience, wishful thinking.  The flower stalk grows thick through the middle and the outer stalks get dry and stringy and none too tasty.

what is eating my rose?

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 15:41

Do you have a digital camera or an ordinary mobile phone with a camera function?   If so you can transfer images to your PC and then use the camera icon to the top right of the message box to load the picture from your PC.

Florence Fennel bolting - can it be saved? And when to sow (for future reference!)

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 14:24

It's an Italian veg so likes heat but needs moisture and doesn't like root disturbance.

The RHS offers this advice on cultivation - 


ID Please

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 13:35

Looks like C. persicifolia alba to me.   It likes fertile, moist but well-drained soil and can be grown in full sun or partial shade.   

Florence Fennel bolting - can it be saved? And when to sow (for future reference!)

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 13:30

Use them for vegetable stock or compost or the green frondy bits chopped fine in salads.

I have grown it successfully for years on end by buying plugs in spring and planting in succession.  They do like a lot of water so maybe yours were a bit dry?

I have since read it's best to sow after June as this reduces bolting but I have yet to try either method in this new garden as our veg patch is still in the "creation" phase and nothing will be planted there for a few weeks yet.   I'll be giving fennel a go in July, I hope.


Posted: 20/06/2017 at 11:29

Bin then.

Poor soil after conifers

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 11:28

Conifers really rip the life out of the soil so just keep adding as much well-rotted garden compost and manure as you can get your hands on.  Take advantage of end of season offers of cheap multi-purpose compost and pile that on too.  If your ex conifer bed is in the rain shadow of a wall or fence you'll need to wait for heavy autumn rains to moisten it thoroughly or else get the hose out and give it a good soaking.

In the mean time, plant annuals and succulents and Mediterranean plants that don't need massive resources of food and water.  If it's a sunny spot, lavender should thrive and give you perfume as well as being a  magnet for bees. 

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