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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 14:12

That's good Joyce and will make a huge difference to light levels especially in winter.

Just had a late lunch and am no debating whether to plant or carry on painting..........

Strong winds = broken branches on young pear tree :(

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 13:32

I think so.  It's a case of wait and see.   You could also consider training it as a fan or espalier if the new shape lends itself to that.

See here for advcie form the RHS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=319

and https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=626 

This may also help - https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/pear/how-to-espalier-a-pear-tree.htm 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 13:18

Luckily, we'd already decided this is a tree that has to go so aren't worried but there's plenty of wood hanging by just a tear of bark for OH to clear away.  To add to the fun, I've trimmed the skirts of the walnut 

Strong winds = broken branches on young pear tree :(

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 13:13

Trim off both broken stems as close to the trunk as possible but leaving a slight "neck" to scar over naturally.  Then loosen that tree tie before it strangles the main stem!

Have a look at the resulting shape of your tree and decide if you can live with it but I would definitely wait till autumn to re-plant if you decide to get rid.   You could try giving it a good drink, a handful or two of slow release tomato food and another drink and then mulch round the base to reduce moisture loss and weed competition.   See if it responds by autumn and then decide.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 13:08

Snap Hosta, except ours is an ash.

Before the one on the right - 

This morning

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 12:10

Surely not at this late stage!

I have been out to inspect the damage on our ash tree and decided to take of the lower branches of the walnut tree so we can sail past on the mower without losing our heads.   Another fine mess for OH to clear up when he gets back from golf.   Minstrel helped by climbing th tree and out along the branches I was tidying up!

Must go and do some painting.

T'bird - glad you had a good day despite adversity.

Using wood mulch on paths

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 11:15

I think piling a huge heap of any organic matter on soil would have a detrimental effect if left long enough but the advice for mulching is a depth of just 2 or 3 inches which allows moisture and air, if not light, so the soil is hardly affected.  I've always found mine to be full of worms and other critters and that plants grow well with reduced competition from weeds.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 10:36

Have had a lie in today after a late night and a broken sleep.  Just on second coffee to get me going on the painting.  Cool and breezy but nothing like as windy as yesterday.

I hope you've all come thru your storms unscathed, find everything that's moved and that windswept plants recover well.

Busy - you sound like you have your hands and time full for the rest of the week.  Hope all goes well for your strawberry tea.

Creeping buttercup

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 10:19

I had a friend who carefully cleared all the beds in her new garden, leaving geraniums to grow on until I identified the creeping menace.  We had it all over the place in my Belgian garden and spent hours clearing it by hand only to find it creeping back from the field behind or a teeny bit we missed.   

Easy enough to shift tho, especially after a spot of rain.   I did learn to let it dry before putting it on the compost heap - along wit couch grass roots, nettles and especially bindweed.


Posted: 07/06/2017 at 10:14

I'm sorry you've been having a bad time, especially the loss of Buster.   I hope you can continue to find comfort, solace and distraction here when you need it.  Join in when you're ready.  You are among friends.

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