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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 22:50
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

Might struggle to get camel do dar through customs Frank  and, having 'search me' stamped on my forehead, I'd find it a tad bit difficult to explain the contents of my suitcase.

After watching some of those customs programmes it seems people swallow it Zoomer!! Of course it would be wise to put it in a little plastic bag first otherwise you may grow green palm leaves instead of hair. Different, but could cause a few crashes on the M62 as you head to Teesside.



Posted: 14/07/2012 at 14:14

Pinkpeony, it is as simple as buying some eye screws at the Garden Centre and screwing then into the upright. You can then tie the plants in with twine also from the GC.
If there is no drill available get a nail and start a hole by hammering the nail into the wood, just enough to start the screw. then screw in the eye screw by putting the screw driver, rod, knitting needle ( a big one) through the eye and screw slowly into the wood. You could of course just use twine wrapped round the upright.
People use a mesh wrapped round the upright and wired together then tie into that, it all depends on how you wish it to look before the plant covers whatever you put on the post.


Home-made compost

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 13:57

Compost the magic mix is meant to be used as a soil en-richer which will allow plants to grow healthy roots. You put it in the bottom of the hole and mix in the fill in soil when planting. You use it as mulch to stop soil drying out and to add fibre to the soil, the worms will drag it down for you.
You do not use it for seeds or potting on seedlings although I do add it to my pots along with bought potting soil in bags which should have been heated to a much hotter state than we can get it in our own compost heaps.-
You are doing everything right Pamela and will have lovely stuff to dig in around your settled plants as a mulch but at the same time scatter some general fertiliser, we all have our own idea's on what though I do use a lot of bone meal which is a slow fertiliser along with some solid pellets of fertiliser, a light hand is needed as you can overdo it and burn the plants.
I am afraid that unless you have a soil steriliser, an old micro wave in the garage works, you still need buy seed compost or do as I do mix your own with bought compost fine grit and washed sand.
Just keep doing what you do and use it copiously around your plants and on the borders.


sea holly?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 13:37

Bluemoon, Sea Holly is Eryngium which usually has toothed leaves but your description could well be Eryngium giganteum which has heart shaped leaves and the spikes will be around two feet tall or more.
Without more information this is a guess although without the flowers it just might look like Cyclamen leaves.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 10:16

Teesside today a third day of sunshine although plenty of cloud around. Looking over the valley there seems to be low cloud or mist over the Hills.
It is warm and the washing is on the line with the second wash running, am I tempting fate I ask?
Zoomer do not be too quick to dump your Palm-Weed as they all start off wee. saying that they get plenty of Camel "err" water to make them grow, do not know how you would manage that though, Chester Zoo???


Cowslips in July ????

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 10:07

Linda, Cowslips are a Primula Veris a spring flower normally grows in water meadow type fields.
Yours could well be a late Primula Florindae a giant cowslip which grows and flowers in summer, (what summer you may ask).
Primula comes in many shapes and forms a lot of them yellow and you can tell by the way the flowers form what they are. Helodoxa (Candelabra) speaks for itself, clusters of flowers grow from the stalk  to the top and hang down where as Veris (cowslip) flowers at the top of the stem and hangs down,
Yours could possibly a bird dropped seed, I encourage birds and find all kinds of strange plants coming up mainly weeds but the odd one I keep.



Posted: 14/07/2012 at 09:48

Archari, so many things, Pears need little pruning, then we have position of tree, they fruit earlier than apples so need a fairly sheltered position to avoid wind rock and warmth to keep them happy. I have said elsewhere they are not recommended North of the Trent although here in the Northeast we can grow them against walls or in orchards.
The soil condition is it nice rich loam free draining, they do not like being waterlogged (so much for this year then) a good mulch in spring we would add a good feed of manure although an ammonia potash feed scattered away from the trunk will do as well. Did it get frosted in the heavy frost we had and does it show any signs of black leaf if it did get any leaves.
With fruit trees it is always best to do things slowly, let it rest then next spring look for life, give it some TLC once you see signs. My Daughters cherry tree has dropped all its leaves and she worried it had gone, no it is still alive, just, a bad year is all.


grass cuttings

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 19:13

The story of compost Berghill is knowing when to stop. I do not have a shredder so heavy stuff goes to the green-waste they put everything through a huge shredder and mixer, pile it high and turn it often.
My two large boxes with lids to keep the heat in fill quickly enough without the grass cuttings so it does not bother me too much and we can have a bag of compost per week from the green-waste free.
This week some woody gone over plants were mixed with some of as you say fast growing grass and dead headings, a drop of the magic mix from the garage sprinkled on and it is away, using one box whilst filling another turning the new box into the barrow and tossing it back keeps it aerated and heating.
In Autumn all the old potting soil gets mixed in as well then left all winter for lovely compost in the spring, usually my summer compost takes around six weeks this year probably six months?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 14:46

Teesside. Up early to take Daughter to Darlington for the London train. Glorious sunshine on the way to Darlington with a lovely view across the Dale and over to the Cleveland Hills bathed in sunshine.
Coming back thunder clouds and some dark boiling clouds over the hills to the North and then more sun and still shining. Been down to the Village Green, warm calm and relaxing, is this summer I ask???


grass cuttings

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 14:39

Yes indeed Berghill I too put some on my own compost spread thinly and mixed with plenty of other material, I turn it often so it gets air and being large wooden structures plenty of heat. If I go a bit mad and add too much I find when turning the heap the grass is still in a layer and have to break it up.
The bowling club grass did not have the mix, even when we tried turning and getting some air in it did not work. We added the trimmings from the surrounding hedges and that did not work so it went into bins and sent to the green-waste. We live and learn and up here on the North East Coast we have to work at getting heat into the compost.


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