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25 yr old Forsythia tree leaning approx 50%

Posted: 18/11/2017 at 17:48

I agree.  After flowering - unless you don't mind losing the flowers - cut off all the branches which are growing in the wrong direction and give it a feed of blood, fish and bone to encourage it.   Later in summer you can remove any new ones that don't grow in the direction you'd like.  It will get the message.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/11/2017 at 16:14

Aunty Rach - tins!!!  

No rain here for days and then it was just 1.8mm.  None forecast.   Going into 17 month of drought here.

10C today and sunny and calm.  Set to get to 17C in a few days' time.  Strange weather but farmer Luc would rather it were dry now than damp as his young calves can get the flu and that keeps him up at night tending to them.    All very well but we have a huge hole to fill with water now and I can't get any new trees, shrubs, roses, clems etc planted till we've had a thorough soaking.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 18/11/2017 at 16:06

No tennis here.  Been cleaning.   Now to sow and then get myself cleaned up for dancing.

10C out there despite clear skies.  Supposed to climb to 17C next week.   Very strange season we're having.

Fox or cat deed?

Posted: 18/11/2017 at 16:01

I've never seen a cat dig a hole like that, even when trying to get at moles heard tunneling under our lawn.  I suspect fox or maybe a loose terrier.

Water scarecrows work on foxes too, and herons, but you do need to move the sensors about occasionally so they don't learn the trigger places.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 18/11/2017 at 15:58

I have found some red onions and pink garlic at last but now have to wait till Friday to plant them.   Who knows, we may have had a drop of rain by then but none forecast so not holding my breath.

I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to find out when is the best time to sow tree and shrub seeds.  They'll all be done in pots anyway so I'm going to try the new moon and see if that helps at all.

The local Xmas fare here is in the old medieval Halles at Moutiers-les Mauxfaits on Nov 26th.   It's small but the best of all the ones we went to last year including La Rochelle which we expected to be wonderful but was all about drinking and deep fried battered prawns and/or frites or sweets for kids.   Ours has presents, decorations, clothes, Xmas nappery, local food and drinks to eat and give as gifts...

Do you need a licence to sell your products BF?  Jams, preserves etc? or can you just turn up if you do it on small domestic quantities?

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 18/11/2017 at 11:51

Slept in this morning and then a lazy morning snuggling both pussies and a dog whilst reading and drinking coffee.  Time to get moving now so some h****work and then garden.  Nothing too strenuous as we have dancing this evening and need to practice our salsa before we go.

LG - how many concerts?  Seems a lot to pack in with exams as well as Xmas!  My garlic is Germidour, described as violet but nothing about necks.  6 bulbs in a pack.  That should keep us going.

Agree about zinc and echinacea but also vitamin D.  And magnesium for sleep and muscles.

Hope all sniffles and coughs are easing.  Pdoc - stay strong but have a moan or a rant when you need it.  Be kind to OH who will be as worried as you are.   Hugs to both.

Chicky - lovely pics.   Glad you're enjoying it all.

Pat - good for you.  Still no sign of rain here.  Wall to wall sunshine.

Chilli question

Posted: 18/11/2017 at 11:38

As they are uniform in shape and size I suspect you have a wrongly labelled plant .   The plant looks healthy enough so I suggest you try some tomato feed to encourage more fruit and flowers but first taste one of your chillies to see if it's worth keeping.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 20:39

Pdoc - you are among friends so get emotional if you feel the need but try and stay positive and not be maudlin.  Doesn't do you any good.  Have a cry, throw things, stomp.  You are allowed to be angry and frustrated.

Those look indulgent Dove.   Haven't got a cold but might suggest one to OH later as w e were both up early today and need a good sleep.

How do you care for indoor plants during the winter?

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 19:17

Vicki - some plants, both indoors and outdoors, need direct sun, dappled shade, light but no direct sun.  That depends on how robust are their leaves which can range form papery thin and delicate t very thick and with a waxy coating and all forms in between.  Some leaves are adapted to cope with wind burn, sunburn and so on.  All part of their engineering.   Colour also plays a huge part.

I can't see the point of trying to design a product to acre for bog standard supermarket and garden centre plants as they are so relatively cheap people will chuck them and replace them.   The more esoteric, difficult plants are likely to be bought by people who know what they're doing and don't need helpful gadgets or by people who don't know and care little that plants have different needs.

No point investing energy on a product no-one will buy.

I suggest you find something you know about and use yourself and then think about how to improve its use or care.    

How do you care for indoor plants during the winter?

Posted: 17/11/2017 at 17:50

Where and how you keep a plant and how often you feed and water differ form plant to plant and season to season.   Lots of info out there in books and on Google.  Just look up what your plant needs and treat it accordingly.


Not a very clever question or questionnaire I'm afraid.

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