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Posted: 11/02/2018 at 16:29

For couch grass you need some serious stuff and repeat applications till it gives up.   It will regrow from the teeniest scrap of root so don't be tempted to dig after one application.  Rake off the dead stuff and then wait for inevitable re-growth and spray again.

An alternative may be just to make raised beds and line the bottom with weed proof membrane to stop it coming up in those and then just keep paths in between mowed.   Obviously you'd need deep raised beds if you're planning to grow potatoes or sweetcorn and anything else that needs depth.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 11/02/2018 at 16:25

Haven't heard any news today but I'd e more concerned about those they leave behind and the holes in their lives which can't ever be filled.  I hope they get help with the grieving process, financial if needs be and also understanding why and not just the usual easy gloss over of "pilot error"..

Just back from walkies at the beach.  Seemed like half the local population was out there with their kids and dogs but we had a lovely bracing walk into the wind and enjoyed lots of delightful sandpipers and another bird I don't know foraging in the wet sand and then a warmer feeling return walk.   Favourite restaurant/café place closed so home for coffee now, just as the heavens opened.  Good timing.

OH now watching rugby so I'm off to commune with some patchwork.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 11/02/2018 at 13:22

I don't spin.  I pivot!  Had loads of fun with my scientists getting them to accept that English is fluid enough to make google with a little g a verb and not a company.

Sunny here now after a very wet night - another 12mm.  

About to have lunch and then take the doggies to the beach.

Good to see you back again Chicky.   Love that film too LP.  Saw it at the cinema and again a couple of times since.

Happy seed sowing and growing for all those who've started.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 18:10

That sounds a bit too exciting Busy.  OH has seen a couple of wild boar on walkies when he heads off down a lane through woods - further than I go - but I haven't.  I've seen what damage they can do in the Ardennes tho.

Clari - OH training has to be continuous and takes a lifetime.    Yours is just in the very early phase so no slacking.  Just have to be subtle but firm and not nag.

Joyce - I hope you enjoyed the visit and can have a peaceful evening to digest.


Posted: 10/02/2018 at 16:08

Here's the other one then, probably the same age but not in a bed, just gravel path so less food I expect, though I did feed it last spring.

The other benefits from feeding and mulching.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 16:00

Who's eating them all?  Not me!

Ideas please

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 15:59

Conifer wood rots very quickly compared to other woods so that will become an eyesore . 

If you don't want to take it all out now, content yourself with hanging a few feeders or baskets from it while it's still standing but don't expect it to make a good home for other plants.  They won't appreciate the natural chemicals in the wood or the bark and won't be secure either.

Christmas baking 2018

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 15:56

I love prunes and chocolate in a tart so this sounds good.  I have been known to stick a teaspoon of cocoa powder in meaty casseroles when I want some depth of flavour but not a full chocolate hit.  Haven't seen currants here yet so will have to go with dried cranberries or cherries which I sometimes see in markets.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 15:51

DL - Belgium is very small and only grows serious quantities of BS in the Flanders half where the soil is better for veggies.  I would say the Netherlands as they are very organised at intensive veggies and exporting.   Probably somewhere daft like Mexico tho or maybe the US.  Just imagine what gets sprayed on those crops!

Yvie - sorry, never used a grow light.

Busy - the apple would probably be a lot wetter than a banana and would change the flavour so you may need to adjust flour or cooking times and use just cinnamon instead of mixed spice.

I have just had to give Rasta doggy a warm, soapy shower and rub down.  Coypu poo is incredibly smelly and she'd had a very thorough roll all up her neck, shoulders, chest and withers.   Looking very curly as she dries so hairdresser soon I think, now her face has healed up from the coypu battle.


Posted: 10/02/2018 at 15:00

It is still very young so I would consider cutting off that thin stem coming out from the base and then shortening that other long spindly bit you've trained up vertically.  I would also lengthen those training wires by several metres and train any new growth as horizontally as possible as this slows sap flow and encourages budding for flowers.

Give it a good feed of pelleted chicken manure in spring to encourage growth and a liquid tonic of tomato food to help encourage flowers.  Then you need to look up the pruning regime that encourages flowers - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 

This is one of ours, inherited when we bought the house and after pruning back a lot of chippy growth.  They can get very long and wide, hence advice to lengthen wires.  Use screw in vine eyes to space the wires a couple of inches out from the wall to allow ventilation and tieing in.

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