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Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 17:01

OH complained this morning that I've been staying reading in bed a lot lately.  Course I have - snuggles with Cosmos who needs the comfort and Minstrel joins in most days and Rasta too.   Even Bonzo came to say hello this morning and he knows that in our Belgian house doggies were not allowed upstairs so is reluctant and sheepish in this one.

Whilst planting some more Romanesco and Savoys and then the onions and some garlic Minstrel teased both doggies into chasing her all over and that included triple hysterics in the cabbage patch!   Humph!  She gets them all excited and then slips through the mesh fence and up the nearest tree, much to the bemusement of the calves in the open sided barn next door.

OH has finally come home from golf and is walking the dogs in the dark so I've put the sprinkler on my newly planted veggies while he can't see and have a moan.  Warm enough to do all that in a long-sleeved t-shirt and jeans but they reckon it'll get cold tonight and, with wind chill, feel below freezing.

Better put my new treasures in a sheltered spot and then decide what to do with some chicken thighs.

Gardening tips

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 14:45

Patrevill - best to start your own new thread than hijack someone else's on a different subject

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 14:17

Sending warming thoughts your way Joyce.

Cosmos' paw is improving but slowly.   No idea what the infection is but his pad is now clean and dry and re-growing.  Another 10 days of meds and dressing and then another check-up.   All very well but the meds are making him fat - steroids? - and he just sleeps a lot.    Minstrel has taken to playing ticky with Bonzo dog instead.

Furniture moved so I'm off to plant the onions now.

Slightly overgrown onto front path..

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 13:52

The hazel is a prime candidate for winter coppicing so you can cut back every stem now while it is dormant.   I would cut the spiraea back by half so that the remaining shoots protect the centre from any hard frosts and then, i spring, when the worst frosts are over you can cut the rest back or just take half the stems back to their base as you prefer.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 13:48

15C here Joyce.  i'll swap you 10°C for 10" of rain.

Winter care of Fortunei

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 13:00

Did you try google?   There's a wee video on youtube and this link may help - https://www.bigplantnursery.co.uk/winterpalmplantprotection.php

Moving established veg

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 12:56

The rhubarb and asparagus but I don't think the onions and garlic will appreciate it.  Still time to plant some new garlic and Japanese onions tho unless you're freezing or drowning in your area.

Muck or not

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 12:54

You can do it now but you need to think about crop rotation and maybe restrict manure to beds which will be growing potatoes and legumes such as peas and beans.    Unless your soil is very poor and sandy, brassicas shouldn't need it but may appreciate some lime just before planting as this helps counter club root.

Have a read of this article - http://www.allotment-garden.org/crop-rotation/four-year-crop-rotation-plan/

and this - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=124

Fir Tree chipping as Mulch

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 12:38

Let it sit in a mound.  In a bag it risks going moldy for lack of air or else rotting down to compost.

Large oak tree leaves

Posted: 24/11/2017 at 10:23

Many trees make far larger leaves than usual the first year after pruning - catalpa is a prime example - so maybe this oak is just doing the same thing and maximising leaf surface to increase photosynthesis potential for feeding itself.

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