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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 18:51

Dacha - many of us have reached a certain age at which point we stay 27 forever.

I shall be home alone - with dogs and cats - from Tuesday as OH is off to see old friends from his Belgian club for 3 days of golf near Bordeaux.    Tonight we're having Barnsley chops with garlicky roast sweet potatoes, or maybe mash, and Savoy cabbage from the garden.  The sweet potatoes are French grown so I must find out how t grow my own.

Joyce - it has flown by.   Frightening sometimes.   No idea where the time goes.

Acer....why has it been long and lanky with out many leaves on it all year

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 18:43

Hope it works well for you.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 17:05

We have rain!  Ding dong!  Up early to go to a garden 90 minutes away for 10 am start and both dogs got soaked when OH took them out in the dark.  Can't remember the last time they needed a rub down after walkies but it was almost daily in Belgium and often preceded by a hose down.

Huge garden today and yet more plant collecting rather than plant care I feel.  The owner is now widowed and her father had the house and land and retreated there for the war to escape the horrors of occupied Paris.  He started planting trees in a sort of park near the house.  Her OH retired at 55 and they spent 25 years together planting 600+ trees and converting a walled garden to a series of 6 different areas - 4 all with the same layout but different plants and colour schemes.   She's been on her own for 3 years but has help with hedges and big jobs and spends  4 hours a day on her mower in spring.

Decided not to do the arboretum visit in the pm so came home and had our picnic lunch here with a glass of fizz to celebrate our arrival here a year ago.   Dry when we got home but soft, light rain falling again now.  Fingers crossed it lasts a few hours please.

The only thing I've done with fallen leaves is decorate tables for an autumn dinner dance and fill bags in the hope of making leaf mold.   The donkey stall in the ruin is full of bags from last year.

Acer....why has it been long and lanky with out many leaves on it all year

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 16:50

Starvation?   Thirst?  Maybe exposure too.   The compost sold for use in pots only has fertiliser for 90 days, 100 at best, and yours is also host to weeds and/or moss which will be leaching out any remaining nutrients and taking water too.

I would start now by scraping off all that layer of weed, loosen up the compost and add a handful of bonemeal before top dressing with some fresh compost and giving it a good drink.  Even dormant plants have root activity going on over winter.    Keep it safely sheltered from strong or cold winds.  It looks a bit exposed there.

In early spring, water the pot well and let it soak while you prune off any pbvious dead wood which will look dry and grey.   Then tip out the whole tree and its root ball and tease out the roots which will most likely bound in a tight ball going round and round the pot.   Re-plant in a bigger pot if you can and use best quality John Innes no 3 compost.   This will provide good drainage and nutrients but you will still need to water regularly every week till leaf fall plus give it occasional liquid feeds - seaweed is good - until mid July.    Once planted, water well and then top dress the pot with some gravel or stone or slate chippings to help it retain moisture and prevent weeds.

Last edited: 01 October 2017 16:50:40

What to do now

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 13:41

As long as it's deep enough and in a sheltered corner.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 13:39

I think it's time the judges had 2 paddles - one for technique and posture and the other for style and entertainment  - and maybe a referee to score the judges on consistency in their marking.  All over the place last night.

As for the dancing - stupid AJ 's illegal lift so he can go - irritating, egotistical little oik.  Several no hopers on the celeb side who can go too and will someone please explain to the wardrobe woman about fitting style and cut to body shape.  Some horrors in the costume department too.

Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 20:12

That would be lovely but PP said it sank!

Breaking the cycle..

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 20:10

If you do go for shrubs, consider willows as there are several that come with colourful stems that is renewed each year when you coppice all the old wood back to stumps in spring.

Breaking the cycle..

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 17:52

Dig up the lawn?   Either that or do something bout your drainage which can range form poking in your large garden fork as deeply as you can and wriggling it back and forth to open the holes then pour in/brush on dry sharp sand - not wet, round builders' sand - to fill the holes and provide air and drainage for grass roots.  You need to do these every few inches across the whole lawn and, ideally, do it every year until the problem is significantly reduced.

A more serious solution is to get some drainage pipes for lawns but that requires excavations and, probably, experts.

The RHS offers this advice - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=475

Growing veg from supermarket

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 17:46

Tried that and ginger too but that's a long way from expecting success with SM garlic, potatoes and apple pips.

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