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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 20:22

I find them tasteless and unpleasant when fresh so never grow them.  However, the general advice seems to be to cut them into pieces and flash freeze in a single layer on a tray or blanch and drain.  Whichever method, store in portions in polythene bags in the freezer.

Hope your missus is better now DL.   Welcome home Liri.  Hope your garden's in good nick.  Glad you had a good time.

B3 and Hosta thanks - I have some white and some leftover lilac so one or both of those will help.  Not going to happen till autumn or maybe even winter tho.   Builders first.

What are these plants?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 20:09

Physocarpus is easy to find in garden centres and online nurseries.   It can be propagated by softwood cuttings in summer.   Do make sure you have the owner's permission to take cuttings.

How do you prune a container grown climbing Rose

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 18:52

Sorry - didn't see the post about training and trellis.  The answer depends on the amount of wall space you have to cover.   Trellis can look attractive all year if you either stain it to make ita feature on its own or can blend into the wall if you just let it fade and weather.  Either way, attach it to battens on the wall so that air can circulate behind the stem sand also make it easier to tie stems in.

If 1m is the path+ or space width in front of the wall you don't want a Teasing Georgia but something less vigorous so follow Marlorena's advice and look at good, new, disease resistant shrub roses that can be enticed to grow taller.   Training simply involves gently bending vertical stems to a diagonal attitude and then tying them, and any side shoots in.  Tie in or reove any shoots that insist on growing out away from teh wall and into the space in front.

If 1m width on the wall itself is all you have, you need a total rethink.

How to rejuvinate dead/old suffocated earth for a new garden?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 18:44

Good.  Hope it goes well.  Post some pics of the before, during and after when you need encouragement.

How to rejuvinate dead/old suffocated earth for a new garden?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 15:36

For the permanent lawn area go for 4" if poss cos once its won or laid, there's no going back.

 For flower beds start with at least 2 inches but more if you can then add another couple of inches every autumn once the perennials die back and after planting any spring bulbs.  Just leave it on the surface for worms and micro organisms to work in over winter and you'll have wonderful soil in no time.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 15:06

Plank cutting and shuffling done but not completed because I can't find any 2x1 or 2x2 to do proper corner supports.    He's used 1x1!!  This is supposed to alst teh rest of our natural.  Not his way it won't.

Anyway, lime pickle all potted up and I'm off to get clean and do some sewing.   One frock to alter and one to sew up.

Possum is happier today after a torrid day with grumpy OH yesterday.  She's lost 3.5 kilos on a diet which doesn't not include chocolate mug cakes or pancakes but lots of healthy proteins and veggies.  We're thinking of disappearing for a couple of days and visiting a couple of Loire valley chateaux.

Only bits of sun here but a nice day nonetheless.  Not baking like other bits of Europe and not drowning, tho i wouldn't mind rain for a few days.

How's the painting coming along Hosta.  Don't suppose you could ask hubby how to neutralise a strong lime/olive green and turquoise colour scheme?  Don't want to find myself having to do 9 coats again when I start on the ex play room.    Did I mention she actually mixed sand in the paint for the downstairs toilet on the two bright, streaky yellow walls representing the beach?  There are starfish shaped mirrors stuck to the blue wall and tropical fish stickers swimming on the blue door...................

How do you prune a container grown climbing Rose

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 14:57

Ceramic because it doesn't absorb moisture or breathe too much so the compost doesn't get as thirsty and root temperatures don't vary too much or too fast.  Can be expensive for the big ones.    Wood because you can build it to size and paint or stain it to your taste.   Be sure to stand it on feet so it can drain and line with plastic so it doesn't rot.  Don't forget drainage holes and crocks;

Terracotta looks pretty but is seriously expensive if you buy the kind fired at a high enough temperature to protect against frost.  metal heats up and cools too fast so bad for root health.   Some of the plastic terracotta lookalikes are very good and are much cheaper than the real thing.  Line the inside walls with bubble wrap if you get cold winters.

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How to rejuvinate dead/old suffocated earth for a new garden?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 14:51

I would advise against rotavating while the soil is so deeply compacted as they don't go very deep and generally just tickle the top few inches.  Try instead to fork it over bit by bit - mind your back.  You don't have to go deep at this stage or lift great clods.  Just loosen the soil and let air in and some rain and then spread on as much well rotted garden compost and manure as you can get your hands on.  Leave it a week or two and then hire or borrow a rotavator to turn it over.   

If you want really good soil repeat the process of compost/manure and rotavating then let it settle a week or two again.  You can then mark out beds and a lawn area and rake the lawn area level ready for sowing seed or turfing in autumn when temperatures and rainfall are best for establishing new lawns.

Plenty of advice on preparing for lawns on the RHS website :-

Seed - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=424

Turf - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=410 

Video - https://www.rhs.org.uk/videos/advice/laying-a-lawn-from-seed-and-turf 

Planted bamboo in alkaline soil

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 13:26

I'd have thought manure was quite acid but, in any case, the RHS says it grows well in chalk soils.

Have a look here for info - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/198411/Phyllostachys-aureosulcata-f-spectabilis/Details and then make sure you're watering it enough.  Sunshine and winds can be very dessicating to the foliage of a plant that's still trying to establish its roots.

What are these plants?

Posted: 03/08/2017 at 13:23

Often happens doesn't it FG?  Great minds and all that.

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